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Suarez scores twice…

Joe Hart was unsurprised that Luis Suarez scored twice to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

The former Liverpool striker opened the scoring from an acute angle after his initial effort was blocked by Vincent Kompany, before he turned home a Jordi Alba cross on the half-hour mark.

Barcelona signed Suarez for around £75 million last summer and Hart believes the Uruguayan proved his worth with his match-winning display in the Champions League clash.

"fantastic player,” the England goalkeeper told ITV. “What did they sign him for? £80m? What do you expect! He took his goals well. We controlled him well other than the two goals."

City went into half-time 2-0 down and, while Hart was buoyed by his side’s second-half display, during which Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back, he admits that he and his team-mates “panicked a bit” after Suarez’s opener.

"I hope our second-half efforts are worth something,” he added. "We'll go there with a great group of fans, with belief and we'll have a right go.

"We pressed until the first goal and then we panicked a bit. I think that was blatantly obvious to see. We got ourselves back together, we're playing against world-class players here. We let ourselves believe that for a little bit. We regrouped second half and we were good for our goal and maybe good for a result tonight.”

Despite the defeat, Hart – who prevented further damage when he saved an injury-time penalty from Lionel Messi – insists City can get something from the second leg at Camp Nou and progress to the quarter-finals.

"The occasion didn't get to us, we know what we're about,” he continued. “But sometimes games don't go in your favour and that was the case first half.

“But as the manager kept telling us, even tonight is the first half of the game. As bad as a result as 2-1 is at home, we go there and we've got belief.”

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