MANCHESTER, England – A pair of goals from Luis Suarez gave FC Barcelona a 2-1 triumph on Tuesday in the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 tie.
The Uruguayan international was outstanding in his first match in England since Liverpool transferred him to Barça last summer.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique went with his usual starting 11, featuring a front line of Suarez, Neymar and super-striker Lionel Messi.
Manuel Pellegrini, who was criticized for his defensive-minded approach last year after the Catalan club eliminated City in the Champions League knockout stage, deployed two attackers instead of one for this year’s battle.
With midfield stalwart Yaya Toure missing due to a suspension, Barça found plenty of room to maneuver and drew first blood in the 16th minute, when a mistake by City defender Vincent Kompany set up Suarez’s first goal.
The man who led the Premier League in scoring last season got his second of the night at the 30-minute mark on a pass from Jordi Alba, after Messi eluded three City players.
The visitors might have led 3-0 at the half if Dani Alves’ shot hadn’t bounced off the crossbar.
Manchester City generated chances in the second half, but it was not until the 69th minute that the home side got on the board with a goal from Sergio “Kun” Agüero and the English club’s hopes of salvaging a draw were dashed when Gael Clichy was ejected just four minutes later for a second yellow card.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart blocked a penalty kick from Messi in stoppage time.
Tuesday’s other Champions League clash likewise ended 2-1, with host Juventus edging Borussia Dortmund.
Carlos Tevez put the Italian side ahead 1-0 with a goal in the 13th minute, only to watch Marco Reus equalize for the visitors five minutes later.
Juventus regained the lead for good with Alvaro Morata’s goal in the 43rd minute.