Champions League: Lionel Messi strikes as Barcelona beats Arsenal

    Story highlights

    • Barcelona defeats Arsenal 2-0 in Champions League
    • Lionel Messi scores twice
    • Luis Suarez hit post in second half
    • Bayern Munich held 2-2 by Juventus in Turin

    (CNN)For 70 minutes the plan had worked perfectly.

    Barcelona, unbeaten in 32 consecutive games and with the best attacking trio on the planet, had been frustrated at every turn.
      Arsenal, so often guilty of gifting its opponents goals at the last 16 stage of the Champions League in previous years, had defended with all its might.
        It made what must have felt like hundreds of tackles, given everything in its locker and yet within the blink of an eye all of its hard work was undone by that Barcelona brilliance which makes football so wonderful to watch.
        As Arsenal were caught up the field, perhaps seduced by the ridiculous notion it could yet somehow win this tie, Barcelona struck.
        A rapid counter attack which ripped straight through the heart of the Arsenal defense concluded with Lionel Messi applying the finishing touch.
        The same man then added further gloss from the penalty spot after he had been upended by Mathieu Flamini's clumsy challenge.