Barcelona striker Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal against Manchester City Manchester City suffered a blow to their Champions League hopes as Luis Suarez’s first-half brace earned Barcelona a 2-1 victory in a breathless last-16 first leg at the Etihad Stadium.The former Liverpool star got his revenge for City’s Premier League title win last season with a fine double, as the Blues, who finished the game with ten men, were thoroughly exposed at the back in a dreadful first 45 minutes.City did improve after the break, though, and Edin Dzeko should have scored with a close-range header which was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Sergio Aguero also fired wide.And the hosts deservedly pulled a goal back through Argentine hitman Aguero, who combined well with David Silva before finding the net with a powerful strike.But their hopes of forcing an equaliser were immediately dented when Gael Clichy was sent off for a second yellow card following a reckless challenge on Dani Alves.City continued to pressure the Catalan giants in the remaining minutes but their efforts weren’t enough to level the scores, while Joe Hart kept the Premier League side in the tie with a brilliant penalty save to deny Lionel Messi.Man City fans were hopeful of claiming a result against the four-time winners following their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.But Tuesday night’s clash proves they still have a long way to go to compete with the rest of Europe’s top table as they were outclassed in a horror show of a first-half.They were guilty of sloppy passing which allowed Barca to craft ten great chances in the opening 30 minutes of play, with Messi a constant menace and Neymar dazzling with a series of neat flicks and touches which left full-back Pablo Zabaleta for dead on the edge of the box.It was Suarez, though, who put the rampant visitors in front, the Uruguayan taking advantage of a costly error from Vincent Kompany on the edge of the area to fire past Hart with a crisp angled finish.City began to be torn apart at the back as Barcelona bypassed their midfield with ease, and the hosts had goalkeeper Hart to thank when he smothered another effort from Suarez as he broke through one-on-one after some outrageous skill from Messi.The former Redman wasn’t to be denied again moments later, however, as he doubled his and his side’s tally from close-range to cap off a wonderful team move involving Messi and Jordi Alba.Barca would have had a third on the stroke of half-time if it weren’t for the woodwork, as Dani Alves beat the onrushing Hart with a cheeky chip but the Brazilian was foiled by the crossbar.City ended the half strongly, with Nasri testing Ter Stegen for the first time with a curling shot, and Dzeko wasted a great chance to pull one back straight after the re-start when he powered a free header straight at the German shot-stopper from six yards.Aguero then showed some power to shrug off his markers and send Ter Stegen flying across his goal, but the striker’s effort sailed just beyond his far post.But the City star was on target to lift his side with 20 minutes to play, giving the Premier League champions a European lifeline with a smashing finish after an inspired backheel flick from Silva on the edge of the area.The Etihad faithful were on the edge of their seats in anticipation for what seemed to be an impending equaliser, but their hopes were shattered when Clichy was given his marching orders just minutes later.Messi looked to have sealed it with a neat chipped finish over Hart in the closing stages, only for the Argentine superstar to be flagged offside, and he later kicked the turf in frustration when, in a frantic finale, he saw a spot kick – after he was needlessly brought down by Zabaleta – well saved by Hart.And the England number one’s heroics may prove vital in City’s chase at the Nou Camp, as they look to progress from the last 16 for the first time.Elsewhere, Juventus defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Italy.Goals from Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata sandwiched Marco Reus’ equaliser for the Bundesliga side. 1
When the SUVs reached the Rio Grande, police saw the occupants of a green, Mexican Army-style Humvee apparently waiting for the convoy, Glancey said. Police stopped and watched as the vehicles began to cross the shallow river into Mexico. Both sides – the Americans and the smugglers – had their weapons drawn. One SUV got stuck in the river, and another blew a tire on the Texas side. Its driver ran into Mexico. Men in the Humvee tried to tow the stuck vehicle out of the river. When that failed, a group of men in civilian clothes began unloading from the SUV what appeared to be bundles of marijuana. They then torched the SUV, Glancey said. Deputies found about 1,400 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle that had a flat tire. The vehicle had previously been reported stolen from El Paso. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Gov. Rick Perry ordered an investigation. “It’s certainly troubling and unacceptable and a real reminder of how an unsecure border threatens all Texans and the rest of the nation,” said Perry spokesman Kathy Walt. The Mexican Foreign Relations Department issued a statement saying that drug traffickers and other organized criminals have used uniforms and vehicles before. “It is possible that these actions were designed to damage the image of our armed forces,” it said. Monday’s incident follows a story in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario, Calif., on Jan. 15 that said the Mexican military had crossed into the United States more than 200 times since 1996. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has said reports of Mexican incursions into the United States were overblown and most were just mistakes. The confrontation on Monday took place near Neely’s Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso, and started when state police tried to stop three sport utility vehicles on Interstate 10. The vehicles made a quick U-turn and headed south toward the border, a few miles away, Glancey said. SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – Men in Mexican military-style uniforms crossed the Rio Grande into the United States on a marijuana-smuggling foray, leading to an armed confrontation with Texas law officers, authorities said Tuesday. No shots were fired. The men retreated and escaped back across the border with much of the pot, though they abandoned more than a half-ton of marijuana as they fled and set fire to one of their vehicles, authorities said. The Mexican government denied its military was involved. The confrontation took place Monday and involved three Texas sheriff’s deputies, at least two Texas state troopers and at least 10 heavily armed men from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, said Rick Glancey of the Texas Border Sheriffs’ Coalition.