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.
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.
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