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Neymar-Messi-Suarez goals help Barca outgun Arsenal to reach Champions League quarter-finals

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016,11:44 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Barcelona | Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were all on target as Barcelona piled more pressure on under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by easing into the Champions League quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate with a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou.

Neymar’s early strike appeared to erase any forlorn hopes of an Arsenal comeback, but the visitors were given hope when Mohamed Elneny drilled into the top corner just after half-time.

Suarez put the tie beyond Wenger’s men in emphatic fashion with a stunning volley 25 minutes from time before Messi’s cheeky chipped finish rounded off the scoring late on.

A ninth consecutive victory stretches Barca’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 38 games and seals their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw for the ninth consecutive season. One win in eight games has decimated Arsenal’s hopes of silverware this season as they exit the competition at the last 16 stage for the sixth consecutive season days after relinquishing their two-year hold on the FA Cup.

Substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman scored extra-time goals in Munich as Bayern Munich roared back to beat Juventus 4-2 in their Champions League last 16 second leg match, and win 6-4 on aggregate.

A stunned Bayern found themselves 0-2 down after 28 minutes at the Allianz Arena as Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado struck for the Italians.

But just like in the first leg in Turin, when Bayern threw away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw, the hosts fought back as Robert Lewandowski netted on 73 minutes before Thomas Mueller’s dramatic equaliser in the 91st minute forced extra time. Thiago came off the bench to put Bayern ahead for the first time on 108 minutes before fellow replacement Coman — on loan from Juventus — curled in a superb strike on 110 minutes to put the Bavarians in the quarter-finals for the fifth season in a row.

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