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Champions League, round of 16, second leg

Barcelona 4 - Stuttgart 0

Spain will at least have one team in the last eight after defending champions Barcelona beat Stuttgart 4-0 on Wednesday night. Leo Messi once again proved the inspiration for Pep Guardiola's side, the Argentinian forward opening the scoring after a brilliant run with just under a quarter of an hour on the clock, and then starting off the move that allowed Toure Yayá to set up Pedro for the second before the break. Messi got his second of the night early in the second half with another dazzling play, and only a couple of saves from Lehmann prevented him from completing his hat-trick. The ex Arsenal goalkeeper also saved from Iniesta later on, but he could do nothing to stop Bojan from latching on to a pass from fellow substitute Ibrahimovic to make it four in the last minute. (17.03.10)

Sevilla 1 - CSKA Moscow 2

Spain's hopes for this year's Champions League are now exclusively on Barcelona after Sevilla were knocked out of the competition by CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg the Andalusians were favourites to go through, and Luis Fabiano came close to beating Akinfeev in only the second minute. However with seven minutes to go to half time Necid picked up a pass from Honda and turned past Dragutinovic to beat Palop and open the scoring. A couple of minutes later Perotti equalised after Jesús Navas played across a long clearance from Palop, but ten minutes after the restart the Russian side restored the lead after Honda struck a long free kick which Palop inexplicably punched in to his own net. Manolo Jiménez threw on all his fire power, but the visitors held fast to produce one of the surprise results of the round. (16.03.10)