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Barça could not come back this time against PSG in the Champions League round of 16. With the 1-1 result, Barcelona missed its chance to continue till the end of the championship.
It was a good match, with the Catalan team being superior the whole game, and showing great level. However, despite their great play, the 1-1 final result took their opponents PSG through to the quarter-finals, with the 4-1 advantage they had in the first leg.
Goals and Penalties
It was at Le Parc des Princes, and PSG opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Mbappé converted a penalty, giving the advantage to the Parisians. However, seven minutes later, Messi scored a stunner goal from 30 metres, tying the match.
Just before half-time, the Argentine had the chance to make it 2-1 with a penalty but PSG goalkeeper Navas managed to get his foot to the ball and deflecting it onto the crossbar.
But Navas’ positioning was in doubt when the penalty was kicked. That is why the VAR reviewed it to ensure that no rule had been broken. Finally, VAR´s officials decided not to retake the penalty, despite some opinions claiming that it should have been repeated because it was evident Marco Verratti invaded the area prematurely.
Koeman Praised Barca’s Play
Despite having been eliminated from the Champions League this time, Barça coach Ronald Koeman highlighted the performance of his team in Paris. He praised their great game as well as the image they gave. He was very happy with the team and with the attitude showed from the first to the last second of the match, stating: “we leave with a good feeling”.
Concerning Lionel Messi´s decision to stay in Barcelona, Koeman declared: “He has seen for a long time now that the team is going in the right direction. And with the changes we’ve made and the youngsters…… he can’t have doubts about the future of this team”.
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Nine Champions Between Two Stars
Lionel Messi, as well as Christiano Ronaldo with Juventus, have not succeeded this time in the Champions League. For these two GOATS, this will be their first nonpresence in the Champions League quarter-finals, since 2004/2005.
The two stars have won nine Champions League titles (Cristiano 5 and Messi 4). They are also the two top scorers in the competition (the Portuguese scored 134 goals and the Argentinian 119).
It is a lot of frustration for both top scorers, but also for their respective teams. And the current situation they both share with their clubs is not, let´s say, the best they are going through.
Will this be the downfall of the two great dominators of football in the world of the last 15 years?
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