- Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-0 in first leg of the Champions League round 16 at the Emirates stadium last night.
- Lionel Messi scored both goals to break his duck against goalkeeper Petr Cech, who he had never scored past on six previous occasions.
- Barcelona head into the return leg of the fixture at Nou Camp with a crucial advantage of 2 away goals.
Barcelona beat Arsenal 2 - 0 in the Champions League round of 16 at the Emirates stadium last night owing to a brace from current Ballon d'Or holder Lionel Messi.
After a goalless first half where Barcelona failed to register a shot on target in the first half of a Champions League game for the first time since 2013, the Catalans broke the deadlock with a classic counter attack in the 72nd minute.
Mathieu Flamini brought down Messi in the penalty box ten minutes later, having barely been on the pitch for a minute after coming on as a substitute for Francis Coquelin. Messi made no mistake from the spot to put Barca firmly in the driver's seat ahead of the second leg at the Nou Camp.
Watch all the goals from the match below: