Barcelona ease past Arsenal comfortably to reach UCL Quarter-finals with a 3-1 scoreline ‘MSN’ barely break sweat Barcelona have got through to the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Arsenal. It was on the cards that they would take advantage of the two-goal lead they brought back from the Emirates to seal their qualification with the […]
17 de marzo de 2016 - Sportyou
Barcelona ease past Arsenal comfortably to reach UCL Quarter-finals with a 3-1 scoreline
‘MSN’ barely break sweat
Barcelona have got through to the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Arsenal. It was on the cards that they would take advantage of the two-goal lead they brought back from the Emirates to seal their qualification with the minimum effort necessary. They went into the game somwewhat distracted, which Luis Enrique had already warned against on the eve of the game, and ended up having a tougher time of it than was foreseen.
The first chances in the game were, in fact, for Arsenal and Barça only woke up once they had had a couple of warnings. They then put paid to the visitors’ rebellion on the counter. Arsenal lost the ball in midfield and Luis Suárez sent in a perfect pass for Neymar, who was alone. The forward did not fail in the one-on-one and scored the goal that more or less settled the contest. That is the difference between a player who gets it right when he is alone with the ‘keeper before him and those who get there but then get tangled up with bad final ball and do not even shoot, which is about all Arsenal managed in the first half.
Welbeck, Alexis, Ozil, Flamini and Elnany had as many as five clear chances in the first half, but Ter Stegen did not even touch the ball, because all of them ended up going wide or over. Arsenal deserved more in the firt fory-five but ended up returning to the dressing room trailing by three goals.
Early in the second half Barça had a few moments of unease. They came out sleepy, and Arsenal took advantage to get a goal back, the work of Elneny. It was a wake-up call for the hosts.
Luis Enrique’s side responded, and took control of the game. Said and done. A great move by Dani Alves was turned in in a spectacular fashion by Luis Suárez. That put everything in its place. Despite the setback, Arsenal carried on trying to give Ter Stegen some work, to do and actually managed it on a few occasions. Welbeck hit the bar and the Barça ‘keeper had to stretch a little to reach a well-taken free kick by Alexis. But then Messi scored to put the game well and truly beyond the reach of the visitors.