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Barcelona failed to win in Paris

Barcelona failed to defeat Psg, despite leading 2-1 in the last minute. The game ended 2-2 and this score makes second game between these teams even more interesting. Messi and Xavi scored for Barca, while Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Matuidi were scorers for Psg. On 2 of april in Paris, local team Psg played against Barcelona. This was the first game of quarterfinal in champions league.

Barcelona was considered to be favourites of this game, but coach of Psg Carlo Anceloti insisted that his team would have played good football and would have given Barcelona real challenge. Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova started game with all the best players that were available. Only Cesc Fabregas was absent from starting eleven.

The game turned out to be very intense and dramatic. Psg started stronger than Barca and created an early chance on 5th minute, when Argentinean striker Lavezi hit the post from a close range. Psg looked suprisingly good and it was evident that they would cause problems to Barcelona. As the game continued Psg still looked better and Zlatan Ibrahimovich missed few good opportunities to score. Despite the fact that Psg was the better team, it was Barcelona who opened the score. On the 38th minute Lionel messi scored after wonderfull pass from Daniel Alves. The goal wasn't logical, but Barcelona is a very dangerous team who can score anytime. First half ended with score 1-0 in favour of Barcelona. On the last minute of first half Messi sustained an injury and was substituted by Cesc Fabregas.

Second half of the game was more tame. Catalan club was controlling the ball and Psg struggled to create goal-scoring chances. Barcelona's striker Alexis Sanches had two opportunities to score, but he failed to do so. Game was very tense and it seemed that both teams could have scored anytime. However, it was Psg who scored on 79th minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovich leveled the score. Psg tried to score another goal, but Barcelona caught them on counter-attack and Alexis Sanches was brought down in penalty area. Catalan club was awarded a penalty and Xavi scored from penalty. After this, it seemed that Barcelona would have wone this game, but on the last seconds of the game Matuidi again leveled the score after Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes made a mistake. Game ended 2-2.

After the game lots of comments were made by coaches and footballers. Psg coach Carlo Anceloti said: "Tonight's game was pretty clear to me. Against Barcelona you have to defend because they dominate possession but when you have the ball you need to make the most of it".

One of the leaders of Barcelona Daniel Alves insisted that, Barcelona will only try to win in a second game of this teams:" We have to be focused until the end, we have to keep our intensity up. They created chances out of nothing and they were capable of scoring with a little bit of luck.We have to be intelligent in the return leg, we have to play like we always do. We want to win".

Andres Iniesta who is also one of the leaders of catalan club suggested that:" Our match and the image the team gave, that’s what I’m going home with. We just have to try and win at home, we have no other option. We all knew that the tie would be decided in the return leg and the match against Milan is the template we have to follow"

The Second game between Psg and Barcelona will be played on 10th of April.




Beka Goginashvili


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