Penalty-saving Hart thinks Man City can overcome 2-1 Barca deficit in UEFA Champions League tie

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After going down 2-0 to Barcelona, Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back for Manchester City before Joe Hart kept the deficit at one with a huge penalty kick save on Lionel Messi.

The Barca star then headed the rebound wide of the goal, and the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie heads back to Spain with the score at 2-1 instead of 3-1.

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Hart spoke to English broadcasters ITV after the game, and said City will be feeling good come Leg No. 2.

“I hope so [that the penalty save could prove crucial]. We will go there with a great group of fans, belief and we will have a right go.

“We pressed until the first goal and panicked a bit. We regrouped second half, put a lot of pressure on and were good for our goal and maybe good for a result tonight.

“The occasion did not get to us, sometimes things go against you. It is 2-1 and we go there with belief.

“Luis Suarez is a fantastic player, he took his goal well.”

Barca manager Luis Enrique said Messi will remain Barca’s penalty taker, which isn’t a surprise. Will Hart’s stop be the difference between City moving forward in the Champions League and finishing another tournament without hardware?