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Champions League: Leverkusen 1-3 Barcelona

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Champions League holders Barcelona took a step towards the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Alexis Sánchez broke the deadlock on 41 minutes to give Barcelona a crucial edge at the interval, but the Bundesliga side levelled the scoring seven minutes into the second-half through Michal Kadlec.

But parity lasted only four minutes before Sánchez grabbed his second of the night, latching on to a wonderful threaded ball from Cesc Fàbregas to round Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno and finish from a tight angle.

And Lionel Messi put the result beyond doubt with two minutes to play as he directed a pinpoint cross from Daniel Alves into the net.

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