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Joe Hart praises "magnificent" Barcelona

Manchester City goalkeeper acknowledges that his side were knocked out by a "magnificent" Barcelona team in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted that his side were beaten by a "magnificent" Barcelona team in their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Spanish giants progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition for the eighth year in a row courtesy of a 1-0 victory at the Camp Nou this evening, which completed a 3-1 aggregate success.

It could have been even worse for City as Hart came to their rescue on numerous occasions over the two legs, but they also squandered a glorious chance of their own tonight when Sergio Aguero missed a penalty.

"We've gone out to a magnificent side for the second time in two years. They will get a lot of plaudits but we had a big chance with the penalty. We hung in there and didn't take it," Hart told Sky Sports News.

"It's unfortunate that I saved a penalty from Lionel Messi [in the first leg] and it didn't count in the end. I'm in there to make saves and they hit me a lot of times tonight.

"I was busy, it was definitely busy! I just tried to smother them, they are always looking for a pass and you have to try and make them rush. I don't know how Neymar's chance stayed out at the start."

City have still never made it past the last 16 of the Champions League.


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Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Neymar and Luis Suarez of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match against Manchester City on March 18, 2015
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