Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Barcelona: Sanchez double, Messi great-finish
Barcelona took home the victory home from a trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Los Cules won with a score of 3-1 and Alexis Sanchez scored two goals.
Alexis brings Barca ahead in the first round before Michal Kadlec equalized early in the second half. Alexis then scored his second goal and Lionel Messi closed.
With this 3-1 victory, the greater the chances Azulgrana qualify for the quarterfinals for the second leg at Camp Nou will be held March 7.
Match in the Bay Arena, Tuesday (14/02/2012) , it's not much chance of giving birth. Barca still dominated the game with ball control at 78 percent.
In the 12th minute Dani Alves had a chance but hard kick was floated over the bar. Likewise with Adriano in the 25th minute with a right footed shot, but did not meet targets.
Finally solved the deadlock four minutes before halftime. Alexis who successfully pushed into the Leverkusen defense easily struck the ball into the net Bernd Leno. Lionel Messi's goal to be an architect with his breakthrough bait.
Seven minutes after the restart Leverkusen managed to equalize. Kadlec's header after winning the aerial duel with Alexis, was able to beat Victor Valdes under the rule. The feed is released Verdan Corluka through a crossing from the right wing.
Less than three minutes later, Barca back to winning and Alexis listed his name on the scoreboard again. Cesc Fabregas received feedback breakthrough after Alexis and outwit Leno, he struck the ball into the goal.
At the 56th minute Renato Augusto almost put Barca conceded. Hard shot from outside the box can still be muted by Valdes.
In the 63rd minute goal and Barca again threatened this time by Gonzalo Castro. Receiving the ball on the right side of the opponent's defense, Castro fired a half volley that was hit the goalposts.
Messi! In the 72nd minute he writhed on the left side of the Leverkusen defense and after passing two opposing players, he is faced with Leno. Pried the ball but unfortunately still stuck the crossbar and a goal nevertheless occur.
In the 77th minute off a cross Castro into the near and Stefan Kiessling, dropping the ball gain. Valdes was alert to catch the round leather.
At 83 minutes Leno made glorious rescue when Thiago Alcantara Korner meet colleagues in the penalty box and the ball was pushed over Leno's header. Failed to grasp the ball rebound Sergio Busquets.
Messi finally able to record his name on the scoreboard in the 88th minute. Messi give feedback breakthrough to Alves and then fed back into the penalty box, Messi as he dropped kicked the ball into the goal.
Barca winning 3-1 and lasted until the fight was over.
Leverkusen: Leno, Schwaab, Reinartz, Friedrich, Corluka (Da Costa 90 '), Kadlec, Castro, Rolfes (Kiessling 76'), Bender, Augusto, Schurrle (Bellarabi 89 ')
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Abidal, Fabregas, Iniesta (Thiago 60 '), Mascherano, Busquets, Adriano (Pedro 69'), Sanchez (Cuenca 85 '), Messi