Petr Cech believes Arsenal can still eliminate Barcelona

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Petr Cech reckons Arsenal can still eliminate Barcelona from the Champions League - despite their 2-0 first-leg deficit.

Petr Cech believes that Arsenal can overturn their 2-0 first-leg deficit by Barcelona and still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals - if they take their chances at Camp Nou.

The Gunners' hopes of reaching the last eight were dealt a massive blow on Tuesday as a second-half brace from Lionel Messi helped Barca effectively put one foot in the next round.

Prior to Messi's goals, the hosts had matched the reigning European champions, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud spurning good chances before and after the break.

As a result, Cech, who helped Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012, says that his Arsenal team-mates can turn the tie around if they rediscover their killer instinct in Catalonia.

The goalkeeper told Arsenal's official website: "We had some opportunities and we should have scored. I think that would have made them a bit more defensive.

"Another blow is the second goal where they got a penalty to make it 2-0. It is a difficult deficit to overcome but 2-0 is not 5-0 and we have 90 minutes with a chance."

Arsene Wenger's side travel to Barcelona for the return leg on March 16, where failure to progress would mark the club's elimination at the last-16 stage for a fifth straight year.

The Londoners were losing quarter-finalists to the Catalans in 2010, and again in the second round a year later.

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