Good evening. It’s time for the big one, PSG v Barcelona – I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to this.
Champions League / Last 16
Parc des Princes / 10.03.2021
We’ll find out who PSG face in the last-eight in a week’s time, and with the strength of their squad you’d back them to be favourites against most teams left in the competition. For Barcelona, this is their worst Champions League showing since 2007, and they'll now have to turn their attentions fully on catching Atletico in La Liga. Thanks for joining me tonight, it's been a blast.
The final whistle goes and PSG are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Barcelona gave it a good crack in their attempt to repeat the 2017 Camp Nou miracle, but will leave Paris rueing what might have been after Dembele missed a number of good chances and Messi saw his penalty saved just before half-time.
Mbappe bursts past the last man into the box on an angle, but he goes for power with the finish and blasts his shot high and wide. That would have been an emphatic way to finish it from the PSG star.
Barca play the ball around tidily in the PSG half, but the intensity is what you’d expect from a team facing a near-impossible task.
Credit should also go to Pochettino for how he’s managed a nervy game this evening. His use of substitutes, particularly in the second half, has broken the game up really effectively and stopped what had been a near-constant flow of chances either side of the interval.
It’s been a terrific effort from Barca tonight, a completely different game to the first-leg, when they were distinctly second best. But overhauling a 4-1 deficit was always going to be tough, and it’s proved a step too far for Ronald Koeman’s side – not helped by the double penalty blow in the first half, the harsh decision and Messi’s miss from the spot.
Griezmann fires over the bar after a flowing attack from Barcelona, and the reaction from the French forward and his teammates suggests that they now the jig is up.
Both sides are making changes for the final push, but surely there is too much for Barcelona to do from here. They need three more goals with a little over ten minutes remaining.
Alba steers a ball right across the face of goal, but Dembele somehow fails to get a touch after making a terrific run. He has had so many chances tonight.
Messi’s cross is headed clear, but Trincao meets the clearance cleanly on the volley and is unfortunate to see his excellent attempt blocked.
Florenzi fouls Messi and it’s a free-kick in a dangerous area for Barcelona – maybe too wide for a shot (maybe) but certainly a threatening spot for a cross.
Trincao fizzes a ball across the face of goal but nobody can get a touch and Alba’s snatched shot from the far side of the box is badly miscued. Time is slipping away.
Navas to the rescue again! The PSG stopper is alert as Busquets flicks on a corner, clawing it away at his near post.
Dest makes way for Trincao as Koeman gets even more attacking options onto the pitch.
Still Barcelona press, but the clock is ticking down far too rapidly for the visitors’ liking. They need a goal soon to keep that hope of a comeback alive.
What a chance! The ball falls to Messi inside the six-yard-box, but he’s crowded out by a throng of PSG defenders and he just can’t get a meaningful shot away, with Griezmann similarly shut down as the ball trickles to the Frenchman inside the box.
Gueye was at real risk of a second yellow so he is the player replaced by Danilo. Di Maria comes on for the disappointing Draxler.
PSG make a double change to freshen things up for the remaining half hour.
Ángel Di María
Griezmann’s clever backheel puts Dest into space down the right, but he takes a bit too much time before putting in the cross and the ball runs out of play.
Mbappe looks to break again, but Griezmann tracks all the way back to deny his international teammate. This is a terrific game, it really is.