Download video: Manchester City 1 – 2 Barcelona [Champions League] Highlights – The former Liverpool star struck twice in a dominant first half for the Catalan giants, who held on comfortably despite Sergio Aguero’s second-half strike for the hosts
Luis Suarez shone on his return to English soil as Barcelona outclassed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s Champions League hopes dangling by a thread.
The former Liverpool star twice finished clinically in the first half as the Catalan giants – inspired as ever by the brilliant Lionel Messi – taught the Premier League champions a lesson on their own pitch.
Sergio Aguero gave City hope of a comeback when he fired in on 69 minutes but Gael Clichy received a second yellow card for a foul on Dani Alves soon afterwards and Barcelona comfortably held on.
Messi could have given City an even bigger mountain to climb when he won a penalty into the final minute of stoppage time, but Hart saved the spot-kick and the Argentine directed a diving header wide on the rebound.
City will welcome the influential Yaya Toure back for the return game against his former club on March 18, but they have it all to do as they attempt to reach the last eight of the Champions League for the first time.