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What's trending: Messi brace sees Arsenal facing Champions League exit

Here are the top stories from Wednesday:

ARSENAL: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger accused his players of being "naive" after letting Barcelona hit them on the counter-attack to take a 2-0 advantage after the first leg of the Champions League tie.

- Arsenal failed to make the best of the attacking opportunities and Barcelona made them pay in the end, writes Michael Cox, while James McNicholas' player ratings for the Gunners can be read here.

- Arsenal more than held their own against Barcelona, until Lionel Messi took over with two goals in the final 20 minutes, Tony Evans writes.

BARCELONA: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said he was happy with a good result while claiming the tie was not yet over after his double at Emirates Stadium, while coach Luis Enrique said his team's possession play in the first half allowed them to find spaces after the break.

- Lionel Messi -- who else? -- made the key contributions as Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-0, writes Francesc Tomas in his Barca Player Ratings.

BAYERN MUNICHArjen Robben said Bayern Munich lost focus after going two goals up at Juventus, only to settle for a 2-2 draw in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg.

- VIDEO: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says his side played well despite their lost lead.

JUVENTUSPaulo Dybala said Juventus earned Bayern Munich's respect after fighting back to earn a draw on Tuesday.

- Bayern Munich dominated their Champions League first leg at Juventus but failed to finish off the Italians, Nick Miller writes.

FIFA: Will the FIFA presidential election really change anything? Here's Gab Marcotti's take on all the big questions for the post-Blatter era.

- FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says he wants Friday's election to go ahead but only if the vote in Zurich is "free, fair and honest."

- Will the FIFA presidential election really change anything? Here's Gab Marcotti's take on all the big questions for the post-Blatter era.

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa raised the stakes in the FIFA presidential election on Tuesday by contending that rival Gianni Infantino's plan to significantly increase cash payouts to federations would bankrupt football's troubled governing body as it faces a $560 million deficit.

- Sepp Blatter has said in an interview with L'Equipe: "If we voted as planned for the United States, there would have been no reasons for the Americans to attack FIFA, because they would have had their World Cup. And I would have finished the last four years of my mandate peacefully."

MAN CITY: Incoming City manager Guardiola is on the record regarding his interest in Paul Pogba, but claims it is up to his new club, not him, if they want to sign the Frenchman.

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CHELSEA: Valencia boss Gary Neville called the officiating scandalous after a refereeing error saw the Spanish club's youth side lose to Chelsea in a controversial penalty shootout on Tuesday.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first athlete to surpass 200 million followers on social media.

- Meanwhile, Ronaldo says he can see himself turning to acting once his football career is over.

MAN UNITEDAn injury epidemic has forced Louis van Gaal to use a host of young players this season. But what is the state of the Old Trafford production line, John Brewin asks.

LIVERPOOL: The next week could see Liverpool's season finish early or continue with some positive momentum. It begins vs. Augsburg, writes Steven Kelly.

- The agent of Inter Milan wing-back Yuto Nagatomo has said Liverpool are interested in signing the Japan international.

MLS: Queretaro keeper Tiago Volpi made a series of critical saves to help his team to a hard-fought CONCACAF Champions League win vs. D.C. United, writes Nayib Moran.



Come back tomorrow for another review of the trending stories across world football.


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