Champions League: Messi shines as Barcelona beats Arsenal

Published 2212 GMT (0612 HKT) February 23, 2016
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Barcelona, the defending champion, went up against Arsenal in the first leg of its last 16 Champions League tie in London. Lionel Messi lined up alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar as the visitors went with its attacking trio known as 'MSN'. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal, second in the English Premier League, started well with Mesut Ozil finding space against the Catalan club. Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Francis Coquelin was given the job of shielding the Arsenal defense against a Barcelona team which has been scoring goals for fun this season. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Andres Iniesta found himself the center of attention as Arsenal closed down its opponents at every opportunity. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez, once of Barcelona, tried to get his side going as an attacking force but was left frustrated. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wasted Arsenal's best effort in the first half. Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Messi, who was kept quiet in the first half, grew into the game as Barcelona stepped up the pressure after the interval. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The five-time world player of the year began to find more and more space as Arsenal struggled to contain its opponent. Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A rapid counter attack ripped through the Arsenal defense and Messi was on hand to fire home from close range. He added a second from the penalty spot with seven minutes remaining to finish Arsenal off. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images