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.
- 2nd Half
- DraxlerDi María59'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
- de Jong38'
- Mbappé (P)30'
Paris Saint-Germain - FC Barcelona
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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.
- OffIdrissa GueyeParis Saint-Germain
- OnDanilo PereiraParis Saint-Germain
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.
- OffJulian DraxlerParis Saint-Germain
- OnÁngel Di MaríaParis Saint-Germain
PSG make a double change to freshen things up for the remaining half hour.
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.
Mbappe looks to break but there’s no support and he is eventually crowded out by the touchline. This will be the pattern of the half it seems like, Barcelona probing and pressing at high tempo, with PSG ready to finish the tie on the counter if the opportunity presents itself.
- Yellow cardIdrissa GueyeParis Saint-Germain
The second half has started at a blistering tempo and a couple of panicked fouls in midfield earn Gueye a yellow card (but it could easily have also been Paredes who went into the book).
- OffLayvin KurzawaParis Saint-Germain
- OnAbdou DialloParis Saint-Germain
Kurzawa was struggling big time in the PSG defence and has been replaced at the break. That feels like a wise move.
- 2nd Half
The game is back underway in Paris. Can Barcelona pull off something remarkable in the French capital?
The whistle goes to end a half that has been packed full of drama. Barca should be ahead, but even as it is they will feel there’s enough in this game that hope remains.
A corner is flicked on and Florenzi clears off the line for PSG. This game is ridiculous!
WHAT A SAVE! Messi goes low but Navas goes the right way and makes a great save with his legs up onto the bar and away. It remains 5-2 on aggregate and that is a sickener for Barcelona!
PENALTY! Oh my! Griezmann is caught just inside the box by Kurzawa and it’s a spot-kick to Barcelona. This is huge!
The state of play is, of course, that Barca need three goals to progress. That’d make it 5-5 on aggregate, sending the Spanish side through on away goals.
The score might be 1-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate, but it really doesn’t feel like Barcelona are out of it. They are creating so many chances and playing with such verve that another legendary comeback against the Paris club is not out of the question.
That’s the risk for Barcelona. Mbappe bursts away on the counter and stings the palms of Ter Stegen with a shot from the edge of the box. It’s a fascinating game this.
Dembele does well to keep his composure when played in by Messi and pick out a pass instead of snatching at a shot from an impossible angle, but Navas is equal to Busquets’ shot.
Barcelona think they should have a penalty as Navas clatters into Dest, but the ref is having none of it and books De Jong for the strength of the protests. VAR doesn’t overrule him.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Oh Lionel Messi, you absolute beauty! The Barcelona captain unleashes a thunderbolt from range that swerves into the top corner with Navas nowhere near it. 1-1.
Mingueza was on a final warning and would have been up directly against Mbappe on the counter-attack all evening, so the decision has been taken, wisely to replace him. Barca just can’t afford to go down to ten men if they are to have any chance of an unlikely comeback.
Dembele again is the extra man, but his shot is straight into the grateful arms of Navas. The Frenchman could have had a hat-trick already tonight, and that was the best chance of the lot.
Dembele again surges clear for Barcelona as they look to respond immediately, but the ball runs away from him slightly as he cuts back onto his right foot inside the box and the chance goes begging.
- Goal by penaltyKylian MbappéParis Saint-Germain
GOOOAALLL!!! Kylian Mbappe scores from the spot and is that the tie in the bag for PSG? It’s 1-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.
PENALTY! The referee goes to check the footage and it’s a spot-kick to PSG! Barca will feel that’s very harsh, but he was clipped.
Icardi goes down in the box and stays down. It’s hard to see what happened there, he might have been clipped, it was certainly a dramatic fall. VAR will check it.
Moments after picking up a yellow card it's Mingueza again who takes down Mbappe and he gets a talking to from the ref. A red card would surely end any hope Barca have of rescuing this tie.
- Yellow cardÓscar MinguezaFC Barcelona
Mbappe tries to launch a counter-attack and Mingueza goes into the book for dragging him back.
How are Barcelona not ahead!? Dembele again causes the trouble down the Barca left and this time he slides a cross towards Messi, but the skipper can’t quite stretch enough to get the decisive touch and another golden chance goes begging. The goal really does feel like it’s coming, and at this rate if Barca get one then they could quickly get two or three more.
So close! Dest is picked out down the Barca right and cuts into the box, unleashing a powerful shot form an angle that Navas tips onto the bar!
Barca lay siege to the PSG box for well over a minute, looking to thread the eye of the needle with countless probing passes right on the edge of the box. But a chance doesn’t come and Draxler eventually clears.
It’s Dembele again and this time he puts in a decent shot, but Navas is equal to it with a fine save.
The pattern of the game is pretty clear already – Barca pushing high and largely controlling possession, with PSG primed to explode on the counter-attack. It’s quite tactically interesting, although if you’re a neutral you’ll certainly want Barca to score next.
Mbappe is found in space out on the left and he cuts inside to shoot off his right foot, but it’s a comfortable save.
Mbappe puts in a lovely cross, but Icardi’s run is to the near post and Draxler hasn’t continued his to the back post, so there is nobody in blue to meet it.
The game completely opens up as PSG break, but Icardi’s backheel in the box doesn’t find a team-mate. And Barca fly straight down the other end, with Dembele again the player causing problems for the PSG defence. He’s so fast that nobody can get up in support, so he pulls the trigger but shoots over from the edge of the area.
Dembele has been very lively so far and his dangerous run is picked out by Alba’s ball over the top. He doesn’t quite catch his shot right though, and Navas makes a reasonably comfortable save.
Messi goes for goal from the free-kick, but he can’t get it to come down in time and Navas can watch the ball fly over the bar.
- Yellow cardLayvin KurzawaParis Saint-Germain
Kurzawa goes into the book for a rash challenge on Dembele just as the Frenchman looked to be bursting in behind. It's a bright start to the game, particularly from the visitors.
Messi is again involved around the box, but Alba’s shot is blocked. The numbers that Barca are committing to attacks is pretty extraordinary – they have to go for it, and they certainly are.
First dangerous moment for the hosts as Dembele gets away from his man on the byline and bursts into the box, pulling it back for Messi. The Argentine is immediately closed down in numbers and his shot is blocked, but it’s encouraging for Barca that he got that space.
Paredes whips a free-kick into the box, but Gueye’s flick-on drifts over the bar.
Twice in the opening stages PSG have leapt onto loose passes and look to spring attacks at pace and isolate that Barca defence. It’s come to little on both occasions, but there’s going to be a threat there, that’s for sure.
Barca have indeed lined up with this back-three, with De Jong dropping into the central role of the trio. The wing-backs are pushed extremely high, which is dangerous (both in an exciting and a risky way for the visitors).
- 1st Half
Here we go! Lionel Messi gets the game underway for Barcelona, who are in their yellow away strip this evening. PSG are in their usual dark blue with a red stripe and white trim.
Whoever does progress from this tie will have to wait a while to find out who they face next, as the draw for the quarter-finals is still nine days away. It’ll be held at UEFA’s HQ in Nyon on Friday 19 March, with the ties scheduled to be played over the first two weeks of April.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side go into this game on the back of consecutive league wins that have moved them to within two points of Lille at the summit of Ligue 1. But the Parisiens can certainly be got at, and if Barca get on a roll tonight then you never know. Stranger things have (quite literally in this case) happened.
PSG are being given a real test in the league this season, which oddly might actually help their European prospects, as opposed to the usual pattern that sees them struggle to maintain intensity as the knockout stages progress. Last season was an exception of course, given the strange nature of the rescheduled tournament, and they made it all the way to the final. And with Mbappe playing like he is you wouldn’t be too surprised to see them go one better this year.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Barcelona though, far from it. Since being demolished in the first leg they have won three on the bounce in La Liga to move very much back into title contention, just three points behind league leaders Atletico. And there’s been a very high-profile change at the top too, with the return of Joan Laporta as president certainly seen as a positive by the majority of the club’s fans.
Who can forget those photos of Mbappe tearing through the Barcelona defence during the first leg. With the visitors needing to chase the game you wouldn’t bet against him wreaking similar havoc in the space in behind tonight, but there won’t be the ageing legs of Pique coming up against him – the Spaniard is unavailable.
It’s believed that Barcelona are going to switch to a back-three tonight, with the wing-backs being asked to push a bit higher. It’s an interesting idea and could, in theory, help contain Mbappe. But it’s all well and good in theory, let’s see what happens... and if Barca do actually line up that way.
PSG remain without Neymar and Angel di Maria is not considered fit enough to start, so Draxler comes into the front three. As in the first leg it looks like Verratti will be playing in a sort of hybrid 10 role in the space behind those forwards.
So to the team news…
Kylian Mbappe ripped Barca apart in the first leg, so the Paris side are overwhelming favourites to progress given their 4-1 advantage. We’ve been here before, and it didn’t end well for PSG back then. But this is a different Barcelona side, and the architect of their revival back in 2017 will tonight be sat in the stands wearing a PSG facemask as he continues his recovery from injury.
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.