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 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.
- VIDEO: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says his side played well despite their lost lead.
- Bayern Munich dominated their Champions League first leg at Juventus but failed to finish off the Italians, Nick Miller writes.
- 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."
- Meanwhile, Ronaldo says he can see himself turning to acting once his football career is over.
- The agent of Inter Milan wing-back Yuto Nagatomo has said Liverpool are interested in signing the Japan international.
Safe to say Flamini made a bit of an impact tonight after coming on pic.twitter.com/4j0Pe4apQy- Sky Bet (@SkyBet) February 23, 2016
9 - Mesut Ozil has now gone nine Champions League games without recording an assist. Drought.- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 23, 2016
Come back tomorrow for another review of the trending stories across world football.