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Champions League match report: Paris St-Germain draw with Barcelona

Posted: 3 April 2013 Time: 00:40

Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain drew against Barcelona in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final first leg tie.

Ibrahimovic scored the first and set up the second as PSG kept their European hopes alive.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with his 57th goal of the season, but was forced off with a hamstring injury at half-time.

The talking point ahead of the match was the inclusion of 37-year-old David Beckham in the PSG line-up, ahead of 20-year-old Marco Verratti, and Barca looked dangerously dominant in the opening minutes, but the former England captain went on to play a solid 70 minutes in a deep-lying midfield role.

A frustrated Barcelona were forced to try their luck from range in the first half, with wayward efforts from Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez.

But a moment of brilliance from Dani Alves, who sliced open the defence with a fantastic pass off the outside of his boot, led to Messi opening the scoring with a curling shot just before half-time.

It was the Argentine’s last contribution to the match however, as he hobbled off with a hamstring strain and was replaced by Cesc Fabregas.

The French side controversially found their way back into the match in the 79th minute, when Ibrahimovic hit home from a rebound in an offside position, after Thiago Silva’s header took a ricochet off the post.

Xavi scored a late penalty on the stroke of injury time, after Salvatore Sirigu fouled Alexis Sanchez.

But in the 94th-minute Ibrahimovic headed the ball down to Blaise Matuidi, who managed to squeeze a shot past Victor Valdés in Barcelona’s goal with the last kick of the game.


Previous comments on this story...

MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 03:17 am
Barcelona are beatable
Khosified Jalinho
posted: 06:30 am
Eish I watched this game, Barca nearly lost the match if they were not awarded wth penalty...!
El Kampion
posted: 07:27 am
This PSG side should not be underestimated, they are a great side and Barca must underestimate them in their own peril

Beckham, experience does count khehla
posted: 07:34 am
it happened to AC MILAN at the CAMP NOU so...
posted: 07:52 am
Thiago stood against Barcelona all alone
posted: 07:58 am
Thiago Silva is a good leader unlike the ever shouting and overated keeper from the ZOO.
Tico MP
posted: 08:06 am
de road ends here for PSG. Dey wil not get even a single goal on camp nou
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 08:29 am
Barca 3-0 PSG 2nd leg....
we beat mazembe
posted: 08:30 am
lesson for the chiefs...its not over till the fat lady sings
Abdul Parker is a Super star in Ethopia.
posted: 08:36 am
That is what I want to see , The Never say Die attitude, Cesc Fabregas is Out of sort @ Barca. If I was him I will go back to Arsenal
posted: 08:45 am
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana posted: 08:29 am

Barca 3-0 PSG 2nd leg....

LOL. That's a possible prediction. We all know how dangerous Barca is at the camp
Sthera da Bucs master
posted: 08:52 am
Great performance by PSG.... I beleive thatthey will make it in Nou Camp... Ibra you r a star baby
posted: 09:12 am
No entertaining at all, boring game.
posted: 03:37 pm
We have seen the best of Barca already in their encounter against AC Milan.
Though they are my team,I know this is as far as they are going to get in the Champions League this season not just them Madrid too.
I'm one of the people that were angered to see 9 out of 11 from the World's best 11 being from Spain,there's no ways that can be justified.
That team was selected based on national team performances and what was completely ignored is club form.
Jurgen Klopp was not even mentioned nor was he nominated after he had won The Bundesliga twice in a row,that is exactly why Dortmund had to beat Madrid in the group stages and I'm glad they did.
This Champions League season represents the beginning of that change
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