Barcelona replied PSG goal with 16 shots in first half but couldn’t force a miraculous comeback after losing the first leg 4-1; Lionel Messi scored with a thumping 30-yard drive but missed a penalty at a key time.
Lionel Messi scored and missed a penalty as Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League by PSG
PSG survived a first-half onslaught from Barcelona, where Lionel Messi scored but missed a penalty, to draw 1-1 and progress 5-2 on aggregate in the Champions League.
Ronald Koeman’s side needed to score four goals for the tie to swing in their favour in Paris and started like a team capable of producing them with Ousmane Dembele wasting some glorious early chances.
It was to be PSG who opened the scoring when referee Antony Taylor awarded a penalty via the use of the pitchside monitor to deem that Mauro Icardi had been fouled off the ball by Clement Lenglet.
The penalty was dispatched by Kylian Mbappe as he became the youngest player in Champions League history to reach 25 goals in the competition, taking the mantle from Messi.
Despite falling behind, Barcelona remained positive and Messi thrashed home a fabulous strike to inspire some hope but that hope faded away when his penalty was saved by Keylor Navas just before half-time.
The Spanish giants needed three second-half goals to force extra-time but PSG were much better organised after the break and restricted Messi’s influence on the game.
Man of the match: Keylor Navas
This will be the first Champions League season without a Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo side in the quarter-finals since 2004/05.
PSG will find out their opponents in the last eight on Friday, March 19 when the draw is made.
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