Barcelona v Paris SG
- FT 90 +5
- HT 0-0
- (agg 3 - 3)
Barcelona win on away goals rule
Lionel Messi came off the bench to kick-start a Barcelona fightback as the four-time winners reached the Champions League semi-finals on away goals.
Javier Pastore's clipped finish put Paris St-Germain ahead for the first time in the tie, 3-2 on aggregate.
But Messi, who suffered a hamstring strain in the first leg, inspired Barca and was involved as Pedro hammered home from 15 yards.
Andres Iniesta almost added a second for the hosts after a sublime turn.
PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti ushered David Beckham off the bench in the closing stages, but the former England captain could not replicate Messi's impact on the game as the visitors struggled to force their way back onto the front foot.
Barcelona become the first club to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup six seasons in a row. They were equal with Real Madrid (1955-56 - 1959-60) on five. Barcelona and Real Madrid will both be making their 29th appearance in a European club competition semi-final in this season's Champions League.
For an hour, however, it had seemed as though the French side were to announce their arrival as a new force in the European game by taking the most celebrated scalp of them all.
The Catalans had looked toothless with Cesc Fabregas at the point of their attack and PSG just about deserved their lead before the talismanic Messi arrived in the 62nd minute to wrest control of the game away from the visitors.
Fabregas had scored a 46-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Mallorca at the weekend, but he and his team-mates predictably found a star-studded PSG far more formidable opposition.
With Beckham consigned the bench and Blaise Matuidi suspended for a booking during the gripping 2-2 first-leg draw, a midfield pairing of Marco Verratti and Thiago Silva hustled and harried their Barca counterparts.
The visitors tried their luck with shots from the edge of the box and also attempted to exploit their aerial advantage from set-pieces.
That Lucas Moura was among the main threats from distance, firing into Victor Valdes' body, was not a surprise.
But the Brazilian winger also had the best headed chance, outmuscling Jordi Alba at the far post to nod straight into the goalkeeper's gloves.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was largely outshone by Lucas in the first half, but his sleight-of-foot through ball deserved a better finish than Ezequiel Lavezzi's poke against Valdes's shins.
Aside from an early Xavi free-kick that brushed the side netting, Barcelona struggled to threaten and the first half ended with Messi looking restless on the sidelines.
His mood will only have darkened as another wayward Fabregas shot was closely followed by Pastore's opener.
The offside Lavezzi wisely diverted his run away from Ibrahimovic's weighted pass, allowing his compatriot to hold off the covering Dani Alves and clip his shot over Valdes.
Falling behind for the first time in the tie ratcheted up the tension in the home side's ranks, but the sight of Messi warming up brought relieved cheers and his introduction, at the expense of Fabregas, gave the hosts the composure and penetration they had lacked.
A heavy touch from the Argentine squandered a good opening soon after his arrival, but within 10 minutes he helped create the equaliser with a precise ball into the path of David Villa, whose lay-off was in turn hammered into the corner by Pedro.
PSG packed the penalty area in the final five minutes, but Barcelona held firm and Iniesta almost decorated their win with a wonderful second, spinning past a floundering Cristophe Jallet before firing just wide.
- 01 Valdes
- 02 Alves
- 03 Pique
- 18 Alba
- 21 Adriano Correia Booked (Bartra - 62' )
- 04 Fabregas (Messi - 62' )
- 06 Xavi
- 08 Iniesta
- 16 Busquets
- 07 Villa (Song - 83' )
- 17 Pedro
- 13 Pinto
- 15 Bartra
- 19 Montoya
- 10 Messi
- 11 Thiago
- 25 Song
- 09 Sanchez
- 30 Sirigu
- 02 Thiago Silva Booked
- 13 Alex
- 17 Maxwell
- 24 Verratti (Beckham - 83' Booked )
- 26 Jallet (Van Der Wiel - 88' )
- 28 Motta
- 29 da Silva Lucas
- 11 Lavezzi Booked (Gameiro - 81' )
- 18 Ibrahimovic
- 27 Pastore
- 01 Douchez
- 03 Sakho
- 22 Armand
- 23 Van Der Wiel
- 20 Chantome
- 32 Beckham
- 19 Gameiro
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:30
A cross is delivered by Gregory Van Der Wiel, Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot. Comfortable save by Victor Valdes.90:00 +2:02
Da Silva Dani Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scherer Andrade Maxwell. Scherer Andrade Maxwell takes the direct free kick.89:53
Unfair challenge on Lionel Messi by Santos Thiago Motta results in a free kick. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.89:24
Hernandez Xavi takes a short corner.89:24 Booking
Booking Booking for David Beckham.88:28
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Marc Bartra. Direct free kick taken by Victor Valdes.87:15 Substitution
Substitution Christophe Jallet goes off and Gregory Van Der Wiel comes on.86:43
Close range effort by Andres Iniesta misses to the left of the target.85:43
Christophe Jallet challenges Rodriguez Pedro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.85:11
Lionel Messi restarts play with the free kick.85:11 Booking
Booking Emiliano Thiago Silva goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.85:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lionel Messi by Emiliano Thiago Silva.83:57
Rodriguez Pedro fouled by Rodrigues Lucas Moura, the ref awards a free kick. Sergio Busquets takes the direct free kick.82:50 Substitution
Substitution Alex Song replaces David Villa.82:20 Substitution
Substitution David Beckham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marco Verratti.81:20
Kevin Gameiro has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.80:34 Substitution
Substitution Kevin Gameiro replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.79:16
Sergio Busquets takes the direct free kick.79:16 Booking
Booking Ezequiel Lavezzi is cautioned.
Ezequiel Lavezzi challenges Ramos Jordi Alba unfairly and gives away a free kick.78:00
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ezequiel Lavezzi. Victor Valdes restarts play with the free kick.74:32
The ball is sent over by da Silva Dani Alves, clearance by Alex.73:38
Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi.71:16
Unfair challenge on Zlatan Ibrahimovic by da Silva Dani Alves results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scherer Andrade Maxwell.70:11
The assist for the goal came from David Villa.70:11 Goal scored
Goal! - Rodriguez Pedro - Barcelona 1 - 1 Paris SG Rodriguez Pedro fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barcelona 1 (3)-(3) 1 PSG.69:15
Handball decision goes against Santos Thiago Motta. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.67:23
Short corner taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi.67:15
Ezequiel Lavezzi crosses the ball, blocked by Gerard Pique.66:05
Javier Pastore has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.65:19
David Villa is caught offside. Free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.64:32
Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Save by Salvatore Sirigu.63:54
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic manages to make a clearance. Gerard Pique takes a shot. Alex gets a block in.63:40
Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Alex gets a block in.62:28
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ezequiel Lavezzi by da Silva Dani Alves. Scherer Andrade Maxwell takes the free kick.61:11 Substitution
Substitution Francesc Fabregas leaves the field to be replaced by Lionel Messi.61:11 Substitution
Substitution Marc Bartra on for Claro Adriano.60:56
Effort from inside the area by da Silva Dani Alves misses to the right of the goal.58:12
Sergio Busquets challenges Marco Verratti unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rodrigues Lucas Moura shoots direct from the free kick, Victor Valdes makes a comfortable save.57:52
Effort from deep inside the area by Javier Pastore misses to the right of the goal.57:04
Da Silva Dani Alves sends in a cross, Emiliano Thiago Silva manages to make a clearance.56:47
Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.56:09
Shot from just outside the penalty box by David Villa misses to the left of the target.55:00
Ramos Jordi Alba delivers the ball, blocked by Christophe Jallet.52:24
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rodrigues Lucas Moura from the left by-line, Victor Valdes makes a comfortable save.52:05
Javier Pastore delivers the ball, Claro Adriano manages to make a clearance.51:19
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Claro Adriano.49:44
Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the assist for the goal.49:44 Goal scored
Goal! - Javier Pastore - Barcelona 0 - 1 Paris SG A goal is scored by Javier Pastore from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Barcelona 0 (2)-(3) 1 PSG.48:37
Shot from just outside the box by Francesc Fabregas misses to the right of the goal.47:52
The ball is crossed by Scherer Andrade Maxwell, clearance made by Gerard Pique.47:23
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hernandez Xavi on Rodrigues Lucas Moura. Marco Verratti takes the direct free kick.46:13
The ball is swung over by Ramos Jordi Alba, Alex gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Hernandez Xavi, Santos Thiago Motta makes a clearance.45:33
Unfair challenge on Claro Adriano by Zlatan Ibrahimovic results in a free kick. Ramos Jordi Alba takes the direct free kick.45:18
Rodrigues Lucas Moura concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Pedro. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:20 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +0:20
Andres Iniesta produces a cross.44:43
Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line, clearance made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.43:34
A cross is delivered by da Silva Dani Alves.41:30
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.41:30 Booking
Booking Claro Adriano is shown a yellow card.41:28
Rodrigues Lucas Moura fouled by Claro Adriano, the ref awards a free kick.40:27
Effort on goal by Francesc Fabregas from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.39:46
A cross is delivered by da Silva Dani Alves.37:19
Effort from deep inside the area by David Villa clears the bar.35:07
David Villa crosses the ball.33:59
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scherer Andrade Maxwell on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Pedro.33:25
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rodrigues Lucas Moura.32:53
Corner taken right-footed by Rodrigues Lucas Moura, Francesc Fabregas makes a clearance.32:43
Rodrigues Lucas Moura sends in a cross, Gerard Pique gets a block in.32:05
Foul by da Silva Dani Alves on Scherer Andrade Maxwell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Javier Pastore.31:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andres Iniesta on Marco Verratti. Direct free kick taken by Marco Verratti.29:16
Alex gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gerard Pique. Direct free kick taken by Victor Valdes.28:24
Corner taken by Rodrigues Lucas Moura from the right by-line, Alex takes a shot. Brilliant save by Victor Valdes.27:47
Zlatan Ibrahimovic produces a cross, Rodrigues Lucas Moura takes a shot. Fantastic save by Victor Valdes.27:22
Ezequiel Lavezzi crosses the ball, Gerard Pique makes a clearance.27:00
Christophe Jallet is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.26:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Pedro on Ezequiel Lavezzi. Christophe Jallet restarts play with the free kick.24:34
Da Silva Dani Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marco Verratti. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Javier Pastore, clearance by Claro Adriano.23:44
Ezequiel Lavezzi takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.23:11
Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Comfortable save by Salvatore Sirigu.20:51
Rodriguez Pedro crosses the ball, save made by Salvatore Sirigu. Close range shot by Rodriguez Pedro misses to the left of the target.18:44
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Emiliano Thiago Silva. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.18:16
Shot from just outside the area by Rodrigues Lucas Moura goes over the bar.16:53
Da Silva Dani Alves takes a shot. Scherer Andrade Maxwell gets a block in.16:36
Outswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic manages to make a clearance.16:15
Da Silva Dani Alves sends in a cross, David Villa takes a shot. Emiliano Thiago Silva gets a block in.14:50
The ball is swung over by Rodriguez Pedro, Scherer Andrade Maxwell manages to make a clearance.14:07
Shot from just outside the box by Ezequiel Lavezzi goes over the bar.13:31
Rodrigues Lucas Moura takes a shot. Victor Valdes makes a comfortable save.11:26
Shot from 35 yards by Andres Iniesta went over the bar.11:09
Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. Blocked by Alex.8:42
Zlatan Ibrahimovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.8:13
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Hernandez Xavi.7:34
Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Blocked by Alex.6:28
Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.5:16
Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick. David Villa has a drilled shot.4:19
The assistant referee flags for offside against Rodriguez Pedro. Indirect free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.2:56
Foul by Rodriguez Pedro on Rodrigues Lucas Moura, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Jallet.2:01
Ezequiel Lavezzi takes a shot. Victor Valdes makes a save.0:35
Marco Verratti concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Shot comes in from Hernandez Xavi from the free kick.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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