FC Barcelona vs PSG: UEFA Champions League live scores, blog
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Having secured a score draw at home with a last minute equaliser, Paris St-Germain needs to produce something special at the Nou Camp to knock FC Barcelona out of the UEFA Champions League. Join us for live scores and commentary from 4.45am AEST.
Barcelona were on the verge of taking complete control of the tie against PSG after Xavi scored a late penalty to give his side the lead in the first leg.
A very late equaliser from Blaise Matuidi however allowed PSG to rescue a 2-2 draw in a game where they had numerous chances to score.
In the end, the 2-2 draw leaves Barcelona in a better position heading into tonight’s second leg but PSG are certainly not out of the tie.
Barcelona’s play in defence has left a lot to be desired over the past couple of Champions League games and PSG are certainly capable of scoring at the Nou Camp.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore are all very dangerous players and should be heavily involved tonight for PSG, given that the French club must score tonight.
It will be interesting to see how Barcelona plays tonight, given that a 0-0 or 1-1 draw will be enough for them to progress to the semi-finals for the sixth year running.
With PSG needing a win or a high scoring draw to progress, the Ligue 1 giants will have to commit numbers forward to score goals.
While PSG can certainly score tonight, Barcelona invariably score themselves at home and will most likely tear their opponents apart on the counter attack.
PSG’s chances of qualification may very well hinge on whether or not Messi is fit to play tonight.
All indications suggest that Messi will play for Barcelona after suffering a hamstring injury in the first leg.
If the Argentine does play, Barcelona will simply possess too much firepower for PSG to handle, particularly if the French outfit commit numbers forward in search of a much needed goal.
If Mess however is not deemed fit, PSG will certainly fancy their chances of keeping out a Barcelona side whose attack is simply not as dangerous without the four time Ballon d’ or winner.
With PSG needing to attack tonight, this second leg promises to be a very entertaining quarter-final.
While PSG should certainly give Barcelona some anxious moments, the La Liga giants at home rarely disappoint and should progress courtesy of another attacking masterclass from Messi and company.
Barcelona to win 3-1.