Paris Saint-Germain tackled the early strain from a much-improved Barcelona to play a 1-1 draw at dwelling on Wednesday and attain the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
PSG lead 4-1 from the primary leg of their round-of-16 recreation and moved 4 objectives clear when Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat trick at Camp Nou, netted with a assured penalty within the thirty first minute.
That objective was firmly in opposition to the run of play and, after Barca had squandered possession and probabilities, Messi scored the equaliser within the thirty seventh minute with a robust shot from 25 meters that rocketed into the highest left nook.
But the six-time Ballon d’Or winner then had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Keylor Navas on the stroke of halftime, his first miss from the spot within the Champions League since 2015.
It is the primary time since 2005 that neither Messi nor his nice rival Cristiano Ronaldo have reached the final eight of the competitors, following Juventus’ exit on Tuesday.
Barcelona dominated the primary half and simply may have been forward on the break — and threatening an unlikely comeback — if not for some very wasteful play from winger Ousmane Dembele when it comes to each sloppy passing and poor ending.
“We’ve made a good impression here after a terrific performance,” Barcelona ahead Antoine Griezmann stated. “We had lots of chances, we just didn’t take them.”
Barca stored probing within the second half, and Messi had an opportunity from shut vary within the 61st however hesitated a split-second earlier than capturing and allowed defender Marquinhos to block his shot with the objective gaping.
“It was a troublesome match, Barca performed a fantastic recreation,” Navas said. “They forced us to give everything we had.”
At the same stage of the competition four years ago, Barcelona lost 4-0 in Paris only to win 6-1 at Camp Nou in one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.
Neymar and Messi tormented PSG that night, but there was to be no reply this time.
Barca’s coach Ronald Koeman made three substitutions for the closing stages, but the visitors’ hopes gradually fizzled out as a cold wind whipped around Parc des Princes.
Koeman selected Frenkie de Jong as a makeshift center half, but most of the action was at the other end as Barca made a bright start.
Dembele had a low shot saved and then wasted a great chance to pick out the unmarked Messi moments later, shooting over instead.
Messi played a pass behind PSG’s defense and Dembele burst through, forcing Navas into a fine one-handed save with a low shot. Navas then tipped Sergino Dest’s drive onto the crossbar as Barcelona opened PSG up with its passing and movement.
But Dembele overhit a simple pass that would have given Messi an open goal midway through the half and Barcelona soon paid the price. PSG took the lead after a video review ruled that defender Clement Lenglet clipped striker Mauro Icardi. Mbappe sent his spot kick to goalie Marc Andre ter Stegen’s right.
Barca came straight back and Dembele was erratic again, hitting a low shot straight at Navas after Griezmann’s superb angled pass gave him space inside the left of the penalty area.
Messi then took matters into this own hands, smashing an unstoppable shot past Navas with ferocious power. The goalkeeper did better when he saved with his legs from Sergio Busquets as Barcelona poured forward.
Incessant pressure led to a penalty for Barcelona, again following a VAR check, when Kurzawa was adjudged to have impeded Griezmann.
Messi seemed hesitant and went for power against Navas, his former rival at Real Madrid, who kicked the ball onto the crossbar with an outstretched leg.
“It’s always tough to stop a penalty, especially from Messi who hits them very well,” Navas stated. “I’m very pleased, it gave everyone a lot of energy.”
With that miss, among the perception appeared to sap from Barcelona and the second half was extra even.
Mbappe had the final likelihood for PSG, however blazed his shot approach over within the ninetieth with Icardi ready for a go.
(With enter from AP)