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Suarez double sinks Manchester City

Barcelona star Lionel Messi caught in a Man City sandwich. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Two first-half goals by former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at Manchester City in their Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie.

Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back for the Premier League champions in the second half, before his team-mate Gael Clichy was sent off for a second yellow card offence.

Watch highlights and post-match reaction on our Champions League site.

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Chelsea legend backs Man City for European glory

Frank Lampard believes Man City should be a little disappointed with their Champions League performances in recent years, but he's backed the "forward thinking" club for European glory sooner rather than later.

Lampard has backed City to get past Barcelona this year. Credit: PA

Lampard made the controversial loan move to Man City from New York earlier this season after leaving Chelsea last summer when he wasn't offered a new contract.

The former England international is now ready to help City achieve their own Champions League dreams having lifted the trophy with Chelsea in 2012.

I think maybe Man City would be disappointed in recent years where they have got to the Champions League but for me it is coming, it’s a club that is forward thinking so I think that in England we should be proud that we have got teams that are always getting to these later stages of the Champions League and I think that Manchester City can.

I can feel it in the club and we are certainly aware about what a big game it is that it’s a situation where we want to take it on and we want to show that you can get past Barcelona and try and advance all the way to the final.

– Man City midfielder Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard was speaking on behalf of the Bobby Moore Fund to celebrate the inclusion of England's greatest ever captain in EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Legends exclusively on Xbox. Donate at http://bobbymoorefund.cancerresearchuk.org

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Leech calls on Fifa to re-run 2022 vote

John Leech, Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington.

Manchester Withington MP John Leech called for FIFA to re-run the World Cup bid process rather than allowing a winter World Cup.

The MP, who is also Lib Dem spokesman for Sport, said the terms of the cub should not be changed after the tendering process.

“I said back in October 2013 that Qatar got this bid under false pretences. If they cannot deliver the summer World Cup they promised, FIFA should go through the bidding process again.”

– John Leech MP
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Fifa task force due to decide on Qatar World Cup timing

Fifa's task force is expected to suggest the 2022 World Cup in Qatae is held in the winter. Credit: Frank Rumpenhorst/DPA/Press Association Images

A Fifa task force is set to meet in Doha later to decide on the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Reports suggest football's top event will be scheduled for November / December 2022 because of concerns about soaring temperatures in Qatar in the summer.

A World Cup tournament in the winter months is strongly opposed by European football leagues because of the potential disruption to clubs.

It has been muted that if the 2022 World Cup is played in November / December it may be shortened and clubs could also receive compensation.

Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, who is on the executive committee which will have to ratify the task force recommendations, said: "If it's going to be in Qatar then let's agree on a date in the winter and look forward to a wonderful World Cup there because you cannot possibly take people there to play it in the summer.

"My personal preference would be for January/February but then you have problems with the Olympics so if it has to be in November/December then so be it."

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