Champions League - Quarter-Finals - 1st Leg
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Paris St-Germain 1-3 Barcelona

Luis Suarez (left) celebrates with Neymar (right)
Barcelona are on course to reach a seventh Champions league semi-final in eight years
  • Barca on course for seventh semi in eight seasons
  • Luis Suarez has 13 goals in last 15 matches
  • PSG lose unbeaten home record this season
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic back for second leg

Barcelona will take a two-goal lead to the Nou Camp courtesy of a confident first-leg win at Paris St-Germain in the Champions League last eight.

A cool finish from Neymar and two superb solo goals from Luis Suarez won the game for the Spanish side.

Lionel Messi also hit the post with a curling shot from the edge of the box.

PSG struggled in the absence of suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic but have hope thanks to Jeremy Mathieu's own goal.

Before the French defender's unfortunate contribution - which saw him deflect a 20-yard Gregory van der Wiel drive past his own keeper - it had been a disastrous game for PSG, who also lost captain Thiago Silva to injury.

David Luiz
David Luiz came on for Thiago Silva and suffered a torrid night at the hands of Luis Suarez

The 30-year-old Brazilian limped off soon after his compatriot Neymar had opened the scoring for the visitors on a night of misery for the French side, who have now lost their unbeaten home record this season and suffered a first European defeat at the Parc des Princes in 34 matches.

In addition, they also lost top spot in Ligue 1 as Lyon beat Bastia 2-0 on Wednesday to usurp them in the table.

Barca's win was not without cost as they also suffered an injury blow of their own in the second half when Andres Iniesta left on a stretcher holding his lower back, although after the game manager Luis Enrique revealed that the midfielder had not suffered serious damage.

This game is the third of what will be ultimately be a four-match Champions League contest between these two sides this season, following on from two closely contested Group F encounters that both went in favour of the home side.

PSG were also without Ibrahimovic when they recorded a 3-2 win over the Catalan club in late September but there was to be no repeat of that famous victory against a confident and composed Barca side, who are now 11 matches unbeaten in all competitions and chasing the treble.

PSG v Barca in stats
Neymar has scored in all three of Barcelona's Champions League appearances against Paris Saint-Germain this season.
Lionel Messi has assisted 12 of Neymar's Barcelona goals, and all 12 have come this season.
Barcelona have become the second team to score 400 Champions League goals (after Real Madrid, who now 436).
Lionel Messi has completed 64 dribbles this season, the highest tally for a Champions League player since 2010/11 (when Messi himself completed 79).

While the French champions were handicapped by the absence of their talismanic striker, who has scored 13 goals in his last seven games, and an underwhelming display from fellow forward Edinson Cavani, Barca were again indebted to their star attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

All three played a significant role, with Messi striking the post with the first shot of the game before setting up Neymar with a neat pass that allowed the Brazilian to slot the opener under Salvatore Sirigu.

Suarez then took over in the second half, scoring his first goal courtesy of a wonderfully neat finish at the end of a mazy run that saw him nutmeg David Luiz and then squeeze past two more challenges.

Luiz - who was a substitute for the injured Silva - fell foul of Suarez again for the Uruguayan's second goal, suffering a second nutmeg as the striker took himself clear on goal before curling a magnificent finish into the top corner.

PSG gave themselves the slimmest of chances courtesy of their countryman's own goal, but it will take a miracle in the Nou Camp if they to deny the four-time winners a spot in the last four.

Neymar scores for Barcelona
Neymar scored his 28th goal of the season for Barcelona
Edinson Cavani of PSG stands in front of celebrating Barcelona players
Edinson Cavani failed to add to his 17 goals for PSG this season
Edinson Cavani has an acrobatic effort at goal
PSG struggled in front of goal without leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Luis Suarez scores his second goal
Luis Suarez has now scored 13 goals in his last 15 matches for Barcelona

Line-ups

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 2Thiago SilvaSubstituted forDavid Luizat 21'minutes
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 17Maxwell
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 65'minutes
  • 4CabayeBooked at 37mins
  • 14Matuidi
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 9Cavani
  • 27Pastore

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 6Camara
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 15Bahebeck
  • 21Digne
  • 32David Luiz
  • 34Kimpembe

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2MontoyaSubstituted forAdrianoat 80'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 32mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forMathieuat 74'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forXaviat 53'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 54mins
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Bravo
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
45,893

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Paris Saint-Germain 1, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Paris Saint-Germain 1, Barcelona 3.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain).

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain).

Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Marquinhos.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain).

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jeremy Mathieu, Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain 1, Barcelona 3.

Attempt blocked. Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Adriano replaces Martín Montoya.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint-Germain 0, Barcelona 3. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Xavi.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain).

Corner, Paris Saint-Germain. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Paris Saint-Germain. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martín Montoya (Barcelona).

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint-Germain 0, Barcelona 2. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martín Montoya.

Offside, Paris Saint-Germain. Salvatore Sirigu tries a through ball, but Javier Pastore is caught offside.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Lucas Moura replaces Adrien Rabiot.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

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