Barcelona 4 – Arsenal 1 (Agg. 6-3) (Champions League quarter-final second-leg, April 6, 2010) Xavi had the first attempt of the match when he backheeled Eric Abidal’s cross from the Barca left. The Nou Camp fell silent in the 19th minute when, on their first meaningful attack, Diaby crunched into Busquets in the centre circle, freed Walcott down the right, the pacey winger raced into the box before playing in NicklasÂ Bendtner who scored at the second attempt. Barca weren’t behind for long as Leo Messi equalised with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box after the Argentine played a one-two with Silvestre in the build up. IN the 37th minute Barca got their noses in front, Xavi slipped Adbidal free down the left and his cross was poorly dealt with bu the Gunners backline allowing Leo Messi to convert the loose ball. A magical first half for Leo Messi was completed in the 40th minute when the world’s best player raced clear of the Gunners defence, bore down on Almunia’s goal and chipped home a beauty to complete his hat-trick. (First half highlights here.) Lionel Messi ended the match on a high claiming an incredible fourth, Xavi was the architect with a brilliant turn and pass to free Barca’s number 10 but he still had a lot of work to do as he beat Eboue and Vermaelen before firing a rebound through Almunia’s legs.
CSKA Moscow 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Agg. 1-3) (Champions League quarter-final second-leg, April 6, 2010) Inter took six minutes before claiming the crucial away goal on CSKA Moscow’s plastic pitch, Wesley Sneijder striking a low free-kick under the leaping Russian wall that fooled Akinfeev between the sticks. (First half highlights here.) CSKA’s efforts died early in the second half when Chidi Odiah, who was booked in the first half, slid into Samuel Eto’o on the halfway line to collect his marching orders.