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Barcelona v Manchester City: Lionel Messi and Co outclass Manuel Pellegrini's men as final English team exits Champions League

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Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, center, celebrates with his teammates Lionel Messi, left, and Luis Suarez, right, after scoring against Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, center, celebrates with his teammates Lionel Messi, left, and Luis Suarez, right, after scoring against Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart, center, and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, right, save against Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart, center, and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, right, save against Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Manchester City's Martin Demichelis, left, tackles Barcelona's Luis Suarez to receive a yellow card during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Manchester City's Martin Demichelis, left, tackles Barcelona's Luis Suarez to receive a yellow card during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, falls after a challenge from Manchester City's Fernandinho, center, and Martin Demichelis during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, falls after a challenge from Manchester City's Fernandinho, center, and Martin Demichelis during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Manchester City's David Silva, left, jumps for the ball with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Manchester City's David Silva, left, jumps for the ball with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, right, react during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, right, react during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez gestures during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona's Luis Suarez gestures during a Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds the goal net during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIAQUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds the goal net during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIAQUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, center, celebrates with his teammates Lionel Messi, left, and Luis Suarez, right, after scoring against Manchester City at Camp Nou stadium (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Manchester City have been eliminated from the Champions League after suffering a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona turned on the style to dump City and their inspired goalkeeper Joe Hart out.

It was thanks to Hart's heroics that Barcelona could manage only a 1-0 win at Camp Nou.

Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal of another one-sided encounter between the two sides, completing a 3-1 aggregate win to secure the Catalan giants' place in the quarter-finals.

City did show some spirit in the second half, and could have pulled one back when Sergio Aguero had a penalty saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but in truth the scoreline flattered them.

Barcelona were in a different league to the English champions and Messi was simply outstanding.

One of the enduring images from the game will be his first-half nutmeg on James Milner, who was bamboozled and left on the turf by the Argentinian's brilliance.

It said much for City's night that their man of the match was comfortably Hart, who made a strong of brilliant saves in the second half to limit the damage.

The loss will leave City manager Manuel Pellegrini fighting for his future but even the greatest coaches might have struggled against Barcelona in this mood.

CIty's defeat meant the end of English involvement in the Champions League, after Arsenal and Chelsea's defeats at the same last-16 stage and Liverpool's elimination after the group round.

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Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure shouts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match. AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure shouts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match. AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Manchester City's French defender Bacary Sagna (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIAQUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Manchester City's French defender Bacary Sagna (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIAQUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior look across during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIAQUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior look across during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIAQUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (R) hugs Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (L) after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (R) hugs Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (L) after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

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Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart gestures after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart gestures after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi kicks a ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi kicks a ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender  Martin Demichelis (L) and Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (C) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis (L) and Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (C) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender  Martin Demichelis (L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis (L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

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Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure shouts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match. AFP/Getty Images

Pellegrini changed tactics, deploying Aguero as a lone striker, but it was to little avail.

After being well beaten in the first leg, it always seemed likely City would follow all their Premier League rivals out of the competition.

And so it proved as Barcelona set about them from the outset, looking in ominous form as Dani Alves forced a Vincent Kompany error and Neymar rolled a shot against the post.

Barcelona were relentless with Messi at his most ingenious best, continually wrong-footing City with masterful control and movement.

Messi combined brilliantly with Andres Iniesta in the box but Hart came to City's rescue with a low save from the Argentinian.

City could not keep pace with the Primera Division leaders and four of their players - Fernandinho, Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva and Samir Nasri - were booked inside the first 36 minutes. Nasri was actually lucky not to see red for hacking at the ankles of Neymar.

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Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez in action AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez in action AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) vies with Manchester City's midfielder James Milner during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) vies with Manchester City's midfielder James Milner during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) is congratulated by his teammate Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) is congratulated by his teammate Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) is congratulated by his teammate Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) is congratulated by his teammate Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

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Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates victory with Luis Suarez of Barcelona after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates victory with Luis Suarez of Barcelona after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Neymar of Barcelona consoles Fernandinho of Manchester City after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Neymar of Barcelona consoles Fernandinho of Manchester City after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates victory with Luis Suarez of Barcelona after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates victory with Luis Suarez of Barcelona after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona lifts the ball over Joe Hart of Manchester City to score the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona lifts the ball over Joe Hart of Manchester City to score the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is challenged by Jeremy Mathieu (R) and Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is challenged by Jeremy Mathieu (R) and Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  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 between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 18: 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 between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez in action AFP/Getty Images

But by then City were already a goal down after Messi picked out Rakitic in space in the box with a brilliant cross.

Rakitic controlled superbly on his chest and reacted quickly to lob the advancing Hart.

City's torture continued as Messi, who had earlier been crudely hacked down on the touchline by Kolarov, reacted with great dexterity as Milner attempted to close him down out wide.

Messi simply flicked the ball back inside, nutmegging the England international and dumping him on his backside. Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, watching in the stands, put his head in his hands in disbelief.

Barcelona almost had a second goal before the break as Luis Suarez, scorer of two in the first leg, broke clear and beat the advancing Hart only for his shot to bounce off the far post.

The one-way traffic continued as Hart saved from Iniesta, Rakitic and Jordi Alba in the opening minutes of the second half.

Pellegrini attempted to change shape, with Jesus Navas having replaced the ineffective Nasri at the interval and by pushing Toure forward, but Barcelona were not greatly troubled despite an increase in City possession.

One good opportunity did open up when Navas got to the byline but there was no-one on hand to turn in his cross.

Barcelona still had the menace to kill the game at any moment and Suarez lashed a shot into the side-netting before Messi skipped a challenge on a lightning counter-attack but was forced wide.

Alba thought he had scored a second when he snaffled a rebound after Hart blocked a Neymar shot but offside was given.

Hart denied Neymar again on the hour and City were given a potential lifeline moments later as they broke up to the other end and Aguero fell as Gerard Pique challenged.

A penalty was awarded but Aguero could not take advantage as Ter Stegen saved to his right.

It was not going to be City's night but Hart could still hold his head high, saving again from Suarez before the former Liverpool star hit the bar.

Hart saved brilliantly again from Messi in the last minute and Neymar was also frustrated by him in injury time.

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