Messi scores as Barca beats Manchester City 2-0

Manchester City's Yaya Toure, right, attempts a tackle Barcelona's Lionel Messi during their Champions League Round of 16 soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Barcelona took a commanding position in its Champions League second-round matchup with Manchester City, winning the first leg 2-0 Tuesday night on goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves.

Messi converted a penalty kick in the 54th minute after he was fouled by fellow Argentine Martin Demichelis, his 25th goal in 27 games this season, Demichelis received a red card, but the four-time European champions couldn’t score again until Alves slotted home in the 90th.

City was playing its first knockout-phase match in Europe’s top club competition, but Barcelona was in near-complete control, displaying poise and panache.

In the night’s other game, Paris Saint-Germain won 4-0 at Bayer Leverkusen. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice between goals by Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye.

The second legs of the total-goals series are March 12.

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