Manchester City's Sergio Aguero fires off positive tweet following Barcelona defeat

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The Argentine striker believes their Champions League last-16 tie is still more than open going into the return leg at the Nou Camp after his second-half goal.

Manchester City goalscorer Sergio Aguero took to Twitter following Tuesday night’s 2-1 first-leg defeat to Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 tie to express his optimism at the side’s chances of progressing.

The home side found themselves two goals down at the break after Luis Suarez netted a brace within the opening half-hour on his return to England, but they rallied in the second-half to deliver a much more poised performance.

Their improvement was eventually rewarded 20 minutes from the end when Aguero took an inventive David Silva backheel in his stride before beating Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the Barca net to provide Manuel Pellegrini’s side with a crucial lifeline.

City were forced to bunker down during the closing stages, however, when Gael Clichy was sent off for a second bookable offence, and they were almost further punished at the death when Pablo Zabaleta was whistled for a foul on Lionel Messi in the box.

His blushes were sparred, though, when Joe Hat blocked the spot-kick and the Argentine headed the follow up wide of an open goal, leaving the Premier League club with some hope of an upset heading into next month’s return leg at the Nou Camp.

Barca remain the obvious favourites but, if the likes of Aguero, Silva and the returning Yaya Toure are firing on all cylinders, then it would foolish to completely rule out their chances of making it to the quarter-finals.

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