Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern held for 2-2 draw against Juventus in UEFA Champions League Last 16

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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On Monday, in the Last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League 2015–2016, Spanish football club FC Barcelona defeated London-based club Arsenal F.C. 2–0 — Lionel Messi scoring both of those at the Emirates Stadium. Munich based club Bayern Munich were held for a 2–2 draw against Italian club Juventus FC in the Juventus Stadium.

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Cquote1.svg Barcelona is a great team, We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average. Cquote2.svg

—Arsène Wenger

At London, Barcelona had a greater ball possession against The Gunners. The match saw two yellow cards. Unbeaten in their last 32 games, Barça was not able to net goals for more than an hour. Arsène Wenger’s team held the defending champions, and it took 49 minutes for the Catalonians to have one shot on target. In the 71st minute, Barcelona won the ball and began counter-attacking, where Messi—SuárezNeymar, the MSN trio, broke the deadlock as the Argentine Messi scored his first goal against Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech.

In the 83rd minute, Mathieu Flamini who was just subbed in brought the Argentine down in the penalty area and the visitors won a penalty. Messi scored second of the night leaving the English side in an uphill battle. Arsenal has been eliminated for five consecutive times in the Last 16. After the match, Wenger told BT Sport “Barcelona is a great team, We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average.”

Barcelona in their last 33 unbeaten games has netted more than 100 goals. Arsenal is to play the second leg at Camp Nou on March 16.

In he other fixture of the night, Bayern Munich and Juventus, the Germans had better ball possession. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben opened the scoring and the visitors were 2–0 up netting in the 43rd and the 55th minute. But after the hour mark, Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro scored the equaliser for Juventus in the 63rdand the 66th, and the first leg was held for a 2–2 draw, Munich having the benefit of the away goal. The match saw four bookings, three for the visitors.

Juventus continued their unbeaten streak of now seventeen home matches in the European competition; they faced their last defeat in 2013 against the Bavarians.