Arsenal staged a stunning second-half resurgence to clinch a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Emirates Stadium.
Numerous chances were spurned in a pulsating first half, but it was the combination of Lionel Messi and David Villa which saw the Spanish striker claim the game’s opening goal with a finish of outstanding conviction.
Arsenal refused to be dictated to in the second half, and the hosts’ inspired comeback saw Robin van Persie level with a well-taken volley from an acute angle in the 78th minute, before substitute Andrei Arshavin guided in a second five minutes later.
Shakhtar Donetsk heaped further misery on Claudio Ranieri’s under-fire Roma side with a deserved 3-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at the Stadio Olimpico.
Three first-half goals from Shakhtar’s Brazilian trio of Jadson, Douglas Costa, and Luiz Adriano put Roma to the sword in the Eternal City, before Jeremy Menez’s second-half consolation gave Roma faint hope ahead of March’s return leg in Ukraine.