Champions League - Quarter-Finals - 2nd Leg
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Barcelona 2-0 Paris St-Germain (agg 5-1)

Neymar celebrates scoring against PSG
Neymar has scored six goals in this season's Champions League
  • Neymar takes tally to 30 for the season
  • Barcelona reach semis in seven of last eight seasons
  • Ibrahimovic endures frustrating Barcelona return

Neymar's two goals saw Barcelona coast past Paris St-Germain and into the Champions League semi-finals.

PSG, needing to overhaul a 3-1 deficit from the first leg, were torn apart by a dazzling Andres Iniesta run and assist for Neymar to score the first.

The Brazilian striker headed in his second before the break to open up a four-goal aggregate lead.

And Barca were rarely troubled in the second half as they pursue a first Champions League title since 2011.

Iniesta's mesmerising skill for the opening goal will be remembered as one of the Champions League's great assists, and it was indicative of Barca's superiority over the two legs.

The Spanish World Cup winner collected the ball in his own half, before jinking past three PSG players, moving up the pitch and slipping the ball to Neymar, who easily eluded David Luiz and rounded keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given little service by his PSG team-mates on his return to Barcelona

Barcelona's second was more straightforward, as Dani Alves hooked in a left-footed cross from the right and Neymar was gifted all the space he needed to flick in his 30th goal of the season.

PSG had hoped the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic - not only to the line-up after a suspension, but to face his former club - would inspire an unlikely comeback in Spain.

But the Swede was an isolated figure up front, only briefly coming to life in the first half when he slotted home an effort that was disallowed for offside.

He then forced Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to make a save when the game was already out of the visitors' reach.

Edinson Cavani, who touched the ball fewer times in his 80 minutes on the pitch than Barca's half-time substitute Xavi, skewed wide PSG's best opening late on.

But Luis Enrique's La Liga leaders could afford some sloppy moments in a second period that fizzled out, and the Catalan side advance into the last four of the competition off the back of a run of one loss in their last 25 games.

Barcelona will find out their semi-final opponents in Friday's draw.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique:

"We had a great start to the game, it was decisive.

"I don't want to look too far ahead, but I hope the best is yet to come. That's what my players have been playing for this season, to be in the position to win titles."

Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc:

"I had hoped we would play a better game, but our opponent didn't let us. Just like they didn't in the first game.

"Defensively, we weren't up to the challenge in either game, and we didn't have the scoring punch in attack."

Neymar was completely unmarked as he headed in Barcelona's second
Neymar was completely unmarked as he headed in Barcelona's second
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi was relatively subdued, compared to his usual standards
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Xavi
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was able to enjoy his renuion with former Barca team-mate Xavi, despite the result

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forSergiat 55'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forXaviat 45'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forPedroat 75'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Bravo
  • 15Bartra
  • 20Sergi
  • 21Adriano

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 32David LuizBooked at 3mins
  • 17Maxwell
  • 4CabayeSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 66'minutes
  • 24Verratti
  • 27Pastore
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forRabiotat 80'minutes
  • 9CavaniSubstituted forLavezziat 80'minutes
  • 10Ibrahimovic

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 6Camara
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 15Bahebeck
  • 21Digne
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 25Rabiot
Referee:
Svein Oddvar Moen
Attendance:
84,477

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 2, Paris Saint-Germain 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Paris Saint-Germain 0.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Attempt saved. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javier Pastore.

Corner, Paris Saint-Germain. Conceded by Dani Alves.

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

Foul by Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain).

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Adrien Rabiot replaces Blaise Matuidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Ezequiel Lavezzi replaces Edinson Cavani.

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Gregory Van der Wiel.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

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

Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by David Luiz.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain).

Xavi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain).

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Lucas Moura replaces Yohan Cabaye.

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

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain).

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

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1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludogorets6114514-94

C

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1Monaco632141311
2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

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1B Dortmund64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

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1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
3Roma6123814-65
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75

F

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1Barcelona65011551015
2PSG6411107313
3Ajax6123810-25
4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111

G

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1Chelsea64201731414
2Schalke6222914-58
3Sporting6213121207
4NK Maribor6033413-93

H

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1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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