PSG 1-1 Barcelona: Player ratings as Les Parisiens see out tie to reach last 8

Goals from Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi saw Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona draw 1-1 at the Parc de Princes on Wednesday night, as the French side progress to the Champions League quarter finals with a 5-2 aggregate win.

In a first half that Barcelona utterly dominated, it was the hosts that broke the deadlock when a VAR check harshly awarded a penalty against Clement Lenglet, who had inadvertently clipped Mauro Icardi’s heel in the box. Kylian Mbappe stepped up and found the top corner in style to make it 1-0 after half an hour.

Barcelona responded well and took just seven minutes to find an equaliser, when Lionel Messi picked the ball up 25 yards out from goal and found Keylor Navas’ top corner in sublime fashion. The Argentine, however, missed the chance to put his side ahead (on the night at least) from the spot just before half time, after Antoine Griezmann had won a penalty.

HT: PSG 1-1 Barcelona

An Mbappe penalty, a Messi thunderbolt and a missed penalty from Barcelona’s talismanic number 10.

The hosts are far from comfortable despite their 5-2 aggregate lead… ?

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 10, 2021

The clear-cut chances dried up after the interval, although the visitors continued to press for the goals they needed. The closest they came was just after the hour when Messi couldn’t convert a goal mouth scramble after Marquinhos had heroically blocked his initial effort. Despite La Blaugrana pressing and adding fresh impetus from the bench, the Parisian side held on to qualify for the last eight at the expense of Barcelona, who fail to reach the quarter finals for the first time in 14 years.

Now, let’s get to the player ratings…

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Keylor Navas congratulated after saving Lionel Messi’s penalty | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images
Marco Verratti was dogged in midfield once again | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

3. Forwards

22 years and 80 days.

Kylian Mbappe becomes the youngest player to reach 25 goals in Champions League history! ?

He converts from the penalty spot to put PSG ahead vs. Barcelona ?

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 10, 2021

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) March 10, 2021

Barcelona player ratings

Frenkie De Jong was solid at the back, but couldn’t affect the game | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

6. Wing backs & midfielders

Sergino Dest was fantastic going forward | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Wow, what a hit from Lionel Messi! ?

He smashes an absolute missile into the back of the net from 25 yards out!

Top corner, no messing about ?

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 10, 2021

8. Substitutes

? @JuniorFirpo03

? @OscarMingueza #PSGBarça

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 10, 2021

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