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Spanish giants Barcelona all but ended Manchester City’s dreams of Champions League glory with a convincing 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Although advancing to the quarter-finals should be a formality after former FIFA Ballon D’or Lionel Messi and Brazilian international Dani Alves both took their chances, Barca coach Gerardo Martino remains cautious.

Meanwhile, the result sparked an out-of-character attack from Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini. The 60-year-old faces a UEFA ban after accusing referee Jonas Eriksson of deliberately favouring the visitors throughout the contest.

With experienced defender Martin Demichelis ruled out of the second leg through suspension, City will be looking to overturn this two goal deficit when both sides meet again on March 12.