UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 FIRST LEG
MATCH REPORT: BARCELONA IN SOUR VALENTINOS AT PARIS
Barcelona travelled to Paris to face Paris St. Germain (PSG) in an attempt to make it a bright Valentine on a Valentino day but the scintillating and exceptional performance from the Paris based club managed by former Sevilla manager, Unai Emery ensured Barcelona were trashed 4-0 at the Parc de Princes.
Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique wanted to build upon the 6-0 win his team had over Deportivo Alaves over the weekend but Unai Emery’s PSG had other ideas.
The game started with PSG on the front foot throwing all missiles onto Barcelona but their showing was not to be rewarded until the 18th minute when a clever freekick saw Angel Di Maria ballooned it into the back of Barcelona’s net to give the Parisiens the lead.
Barcelona were finding it difficult to cope with the agility, brilliance and combat nature of the midfield trio of PSG defending at all angles but PSG was to add a second as a sweet goal from summer signing, Julian Draxler doubled their lead in the 40th minute to send the fans of the Paris based club onto their feet clapping.
The two sides went into the break with PSG leading Barcelona 2-0 thanks to goals from Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler.
The second half started on the same foot as Barcelona was to be pegged back again with a third of the night thanks to a sweet volley from Angel Di Maria, his brace of the night.
Barcelona before that had two shots attempts and only one had been on target meaning goalkeeper for PSG, Kevin Trapp was rarely tested. The busiest goalkeeper of the night was undoubtedly Barcelona goalkeeper, Marc Andre TerStergen who had already shipped in three goals.
Barcelona needed at least a consolation to enable them overturn the deficit in the second leg but PSG compounded their woes with a fourth as PSG goal poacher, Edison Cavani scored a beauty to send the scoreline to 4-0. That was his 34th goal in 32 games this season for PSG.
Barcelona failed to do what they do best and was totally beaten as PSG was phenomenon and led all the stats count.
The game ended 4-0 and Barcelona will need at least four unanswered goals if they will like to stand any chance of reaching the quarter finals in the 2016/2017 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.