The second leg of two UEFA Champions League 2011 Round of 16 matches took place on the evening of Tuesday 8th March 2011, as the first two teams confirmed their place in the Quarter Finals of the prestigious European football tournament.
Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (Barcelona win 4-3 on Aggregate)
Barcelona turned around the 2-1 scoreline from the opening leg in their tie with Arsenal with a dominant display at the Nou Camp, which they won 3-1, giving them a 4-3 aggregate win.
Barca went ahead when Messi capitalised on a Fabregas mistake – the Arsenal midfielder played a dreadful back-heel straight to Iniesta, who threaded in his team-mate, who flipped the ball over Almunia (the substitute Arsenal goalkeeper) before volleying home in fine style. The clock read 45+3 at the end of a first half Barcelona had dominated, but Arsenal, primarily through solid performance from Almunia, had clung on to the 0-0 scoreline – until this aberration.
In the second half, Arsenal got their noses in front, and grabbed an important away goal when Busquets turned a rare Arsenal corner into his own net on 53 minutes.
Robin van Persie was then sent off after picking up his second yellow card for playing on after the whistle had blown for an off-side decision, meaning Arsenal would have to ride out the rest of the match – which was, at the time, 1-1 (2-3 on aggregate in favour of the London club) – with a one man disadvantage.
Xavi got the breakthrough which levelled the tie 3-3 (2-1 on the night) on 69 minutes, before Messi added his second from the penalty spot on 71 minutes, completing the comeback for the hosts.
Arsenal may well point to a slightly tough decision to dismiss van Persie, however they cannot get away from the very real fact that Barcelona enjoyed an incredible 68% of possession, to their 32%. Most startling of all are the shot statistics, however: Barcelona had 18 shots, 13 of which were on target; Arsenal had zero shots – not one – in this match at Camp Nou.
Barcelona progress to the Quarter Finals, where, on tonight’s evidence, they will be tough to beat.
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 Roma (Shakhtar Donetsk win 6-2 on Aggregate)
Shakhtar Donetsk qualified after a 6-2 aggregate victory over Roma.
Hubschman (18) doubled the one goal advantage they carried into this home leg, which Shakhtar won 3-2. When Willian scored on 58 minutes, all of Roma’s fight deserted them, with three goals required to level the match. Roma defender Mexes was sent off for a second yellow card in the second period too, making any comeback all the more unlikely, an idea which was underlined when Eduardo scored on 87 minutes, giving the hosts a four goal aggregate victory.
UEFA Champions League 2011 Round of 16 2nd Leg Results – Tuesday 8th March
- Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (Barcelona win 4-3 on Aggregate)
- Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 Roma (Shakhtar Donetsk win 6-2 on Aggregate)