CL: PSG Dismantle Barca In Paris

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Barcelona suffered a shock heavy defeat to Paris Saint-Germain away from home in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Ligue 1 champions inflicted Barca's joint-worst defeat in European competition, taking a giant stride towards the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. PSG were not finished, however, and with five minutes to go before half-time and with Barcelona begging for a reprieve, Draxler struck beyond Ter Stegen to double their lead after a smart ball from Veratti to put him through.

Di Maria hit a goal in each half on his 29th birthday and each time gave his traditional celebration, forming a heart with his hands. It's a question of football, of being well positioned, of not being beaten.they beat us playing football.

Busquets said: "The were better than us".

Barcelona did look second best right from the beginning of the game as they were constantly caught out by the devastating pace of Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler on the counter.

Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria scores their first goal from a free-kick.

Spanish newspaper AS have run with the headline 'Barcelona dressing room has no faith in manager Luis Enrique'.

No side has managed to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League. It has won three Champions League titles in the last eight seasons, and it reached the semifinals in seven of the last nine years.

Barca was a shadow of themselves from start to finish even as the dreaded "MSN" (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) failed to come to the party with their goal-scoring boots.

The result leaves PSG on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, while FC Barcelona are staring at their earliest exit since losing to Liverpool in the last 16 in 2007.

All so the off the ball movement of Cavani is a huge plus for the club against Samuel Umtiti and Pique who are not your most mobile attackers.

"We played a great game individually and collectively, with tremendous backing from the fans", he said.

PSG were unsafe on the break from the start and came close to scoring in the 11th minute when captain Blaise Matuidi's rasping shot was brilliantly parried by keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after a ideal through ball from Rabiot.

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