UCL: PSG 2-2 Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain grabbed a late lifeline through Blaise Matuidi's equaliser deep into stoppage time to earn a 2-2 draw in their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes.
- Published: 3/04/2013 at 02:49 AM
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Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2nd L) scores during the Champions League quarter-final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 2, 2013. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
The French midfielder's last-gasp strike, which took a slight deflection before squeezing out of the grasp of Victor Valdes and over the Barcelona goal-line, gave PSG hope for the return leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday next week.
The hosts had started the game the stronger with Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi hitting a post in the fifth minute before Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic went close with two efforts.
But it was Barcelona who took the lead after 38 minutes when Lionel Messi fired home his 57th goal in all competitions this season after being picked out in the area with an artful pass with the outside of his foot by Dani Alves.
Messi's night came to a premature end when he suffered a right hamstring injury and failed to emerge for the second half. He is due to undergo tests to determine the extent of the damage on Wednesday.
PSG struggled to get the ball back after the break as Barcelona's metronomic midfield passing took hold but Ibrahimovic finally drew them level when he prodded home on 79 minutes after Thiago Silva's header rebounded off a post.
Replays showed the Swede was at least a yard offside but the goal stood. However, PSG's joy was short-lived as Barcelona grabbed the lead again through a Xavi Hernandez penalty after 89 minutes following a foul on Alexis Sanchez by onrushing goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
PSG were not to be denied though and levelled the tie with the last kick of the game when Matuidi's shot took a deflection off a Barcelona defender and squirmed past Valdes.
In the night's other Champions League quarter-final first leg, Bayern Munich beat Juventus 2-0 thanks to a goal from Austria defender David Alaba after just 25 seconds and a second from Germany's Thomas Mueller with an hour gone at the Allianz Arena.
Read on for a blow-by-blow account of how PSG's dramatic 2-2 draw with Barcelona unfolded in Paris:
2044 GMT: Bayern Munich have beaten Juventus 2-0 in the night's other Champions League tie.
Goals by David Alaba - after just 25 seconds - and Thomas Mueller give them a handy advantage to take to Turin on Wednesday week.
90+5 mins: FULL-TIME - PSG 2 - Barcelona 2
90+4 mins: GOAL! PSG 2 - Barcelona 2
Incredible! PSG level it with the last kick of the game through Blaise Matuidi's deflected shot that squirms out of Valdes's grasp and trickles over the line!
89 minutes: GOAL! PSG 1 - Barcelona 2
Alexis Sanchez stretches out a leg and just beats PSG 'keeper Sirigu to the ball before taking a theatrical tumble. There was contact though and a penalty award seems fair.
Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez steps up and strokes it home and that could prove to be a critical blow at the end of this tie.
YELLOW CARD! Sirigu was booked for the foul.
89 minutes: PENALTY BARCELONA!
82 mins: SUBSTITUTION: And another - Marc Bartra comes on for Javier Mascherano.
81 mins: SUBSTITUTION: Barcelona make a change - Cristian Tello replaces David Villa
79 mins: GOAL! PSG 1 - Barcelona 1
Ibrahimovic pokes Paris Saint-Germain level from inside the six-yard box! But was he offside?
Thaigo Silva, who has been dominant in the air all night, rises to meet a free-kick from the left which he heads against the post before seeing it rebound to Ibrahimovic who prods it into the net.
But replays show the striker was a yard offside - a lucky break has got the hosts back into this.
77 mins: CHANCE! The ball breaks to Ibrahimovic inside the area but the Swede mishits his shot, the ball bobbling off his shin.
Barcelona are complaining as two players were down in the area when he had that chance.
75 mins: YELLOW CARD! Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano cautioned for a clumsy foul on Jeremy Menez, who made a run down the left flank and cut back inside before being scythed down by the Argentine.
70 mins: SUBSTITUTION: Beckham's night's work is over - the Englishman is replaced by Marco Verratti in midfield.
68 mins: YELLOW CARD! David Beckham is cautioned for a slightly desperate lunge.
Dani Alves fires in a right-footed bullet from the resulting free-kick that whistles past Sirigu's righthand post.
66 mins: SUBSTITUTION: And here's the change - striker Ezequiel Lavezzi is replaced by Jeremy Menez up front for PSG.
65 mins: YELLOW CARD! PSG's French midfielder Blaise Matuidi in the book.
64 mins: Jeremy Menez is warming up for PSG - is Ancelotti about to make a change?
61 mins: YELLOW CARD! Barcelona's Jordi Alba goes into the referee's notebook.
55 mins: Barcelona have slowed it down in this half with some rhythmical passing and a familiar pattern of midfield domination is emerging.
Ibrahimovic is being kept quiet up front too.
52 mins: SUBSTITUTION: Sorry missed this - Cesc Fabregas has replaced Messi at the break, presumably because of that hamstring the Argentine was nursing at the end of the first half.
51 mins: Poor clearance from PSG out to Sergio Busquets who fires in an instant left-footed shot from outside the area but Sirigu gets down smartly to save.
49 mins: David Beckham is fouled in the centre circle and PSG get an early free-kick but their first attack of the half is broken up.
1947 GMT: PSG get us under way in the second half.
1945 GMT: SCORE UPDATE - Bayern Munich are leading Juventus 1-0 at half-time in tonight's other Champions League quarter-final first leg in Munich.
1938 GMT: TV replays show Messi massaging his right hamstring following his goal - will interesting to see if he makes it out after the interval.
1934 GMT: Carlo Ancelotti will be scratching his head after seeing his PSG side trailing at the interval - the hosts started the stronger with Lavezzi hitting the post in the 5th minute and Ibrahimovic then coming close with a pair of chances.
The Italian will be hoping for a more ruthless edge from his side in the second half.
45+1 mins: HALF-TIME - PSG 0 - Barcelona 1
38 mins: GOAL! PSG 0 - Barcelona 1
Lionel Messi puts the Spanish league leaders ahead in Paris!
All it took was one good pass and Barcelona snatch the lead at the Parc des Princes.
Dani Alves in central midfield picks out Messi making a run into the box with a beautiful ball with the outside of his foot and the Argentinian lets the ball run across him before firing a low left-footed shot home from a tight angle.
36 mins: Barcelona's Alexi Sanchez lets fly from 25 yards but it's deflected behind for a corner.
23 mins: CHANCE! Another chance for Ibrahimovic - Lucas Moura burst out of midfield and finds the Swede with a sharp pass inside the area but the big striker can only screw his left-footed shot wide.
PSG can't afford to squander too many openings like that if they want to get through this tie.
18 mins: YELLOW CARD! First sign of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's threat up front for PSG as the Swede burst towards the box and is chopped down by Gerard Pique, who is rightly booked.
Ibrahimovic gets up and fires in a low, skimming free-kick which Valdes does well to push behind.
16 mins: CHANCE! First chance for Barcelona as Andres Iniesta gets the ball outside the area and curls it right-footed but beyond Salvatore Sirigu's lefthand post.
13 mins: PSG's Javier Pastore unleashes a stinging shot from 25 yards out which Victor Valdes does well to save.
12 mins: Lucas cuts in from the right flank and makes a surging run between three Barcelona players before being cut down by Sergio Busquets. Beckham sweeps in a crisp free-kick but his team-mate's header flies over the bar.
8 mins: Here are the full teams - apologies for the delay:
Salvatore Sirigu, Christophe Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva (capt), Maxwell, Lucas Moura, David Beckham, Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Victor Valdes, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernandez (capt), Sergi Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, David Villa
Manager: Tito Vilanova
5 mins: CHANCE! First chance of the game falls to the hosts as Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi makes a run into the righthand side of the box before cutting back onto his left foot and curling a shot against the inside of the post!
Inches away from a dramatic start.
4 mins: GOAL UPDATE - Bayern Munich have taken a very early lead in the night's other Champions League quarter-final in Germany - David Alaba in the 1st minute!
2 mins: Barcelona are playing in their garish away kit for this one, bright orange shirts fading into canary yellow shorts. PSG in more demure midnight blue. Paris is the city with a fashion week I suppose...
1845 GMT: KICK-OFF - Barcelona get us under way at the Parc des Princes...
1838 GMT: This game is big news in Paris -- Paris Saint-Germain said this afternoon it received between 700,000 and one million requests for tickets for the last-eight first leg tie at the Parc des Princes in the south-west of the city, which has an official capacity of 48,712...
1825 GMT: Looking at the team sheets, PSG will play a 4-4-2 formation with Beckham playing a deep role on the right in central midfield.
Barcelona are set up 4-3-3 with Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and David Villa in a bold three-pronged attack.
1810 GMT: A huge piece of team news just in: "Big news is that Beckham starts for PSG in place of Marco Verratti. A massive decision by Carlo Ancelotti," my AFP colleague Andy Scott writes from the Parc des Princes.
Well, well - can Leytonstone's favourite son prove that he's still got what it takes at this level?
WELCOME TO AFP'S LIVE REPORT on the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, a tie that will see two of the foremost talents in European football in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi go head-to-head at the Parc des Princes.
The encounter sees the current leaders of the Spanish and French top flights lock horns, with Barca seven points clear of Real Madrid in La Liga and PSG the same distance ahead of Marseille.
But the comparison fades when projected onto the European stage, with Barcelona into the quarter-finals for the sixth straight season while PSG are playing in the last eight for the first time since 1995.
On that occasion they also faced Barcelona, beating them 3-2 on aggregate before losing to AC Milan in the semi-finals.
Barcelona are chasing a fourth Champions League title in eight years while PSG have yet to win it in their history.
The clash also has the added intrigue of large amounts of Qatari money backing both clubs.
PSG are wholly owned by the Qatari Investment Authority (QIA), the Gulf state's sovereign wealth fund, while Barcelona sport the Qatar Foundation logo on their shirts as a result of a deal done in 2010 by the same sporting arm of QIA - Qatar Sports Investment - which bought out the French club.
Stay with us for all the action as it unfolds in Paris.
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