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Despite the absence of the public in the stands, the Camp Nou witnessed yesterday the defeat of Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain. The 1-4 result surprised the sports betting market, an upset that Barça could not avoid after its last performance in the Champions League.
It was in the first leg for the quarter-finals qualifications, and it was no less than 4 goals that the French team scored in their visit to the Nou Camp.
The authors of the PSG goals were Kylian Mbappe and Moise Kean. Mbappe scored a stunning hat-trick in mins 31, 63, and 85, and another goal that Kean scored in min 68. This brilliant result puts PSG on the brink of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a powerful shot in min 27 from the penalty area, after a fault of Kurzawa over Frenkie de Jong.
However, 22-year-old Mbappe eclipsed the Argentinian star in one of the most brilliant individual performances of the competition. He appeared unstoppable against Lenglet, Piqué, and Busquets.
In the game, the Catalan team seemed overwhelmed. Some players were far from the level required by the competition and all hopes were pinned on Messi to do the impossible. In the end, the Argentinian could do little in a team with little football and no reaction.
Piqué and Griezmann
Gerard Piqué made his first appearance after suffering a ligament injury in November.
When the game was tied at one goal, in front of PSG’s attack, Piqué ‘scolded’ his teammates for not scoring correctly. And it was Griezmann who got the worst of it. The two team-mates got into an argument in which they even exchanged a few insults.
Resuming, it was a disappointing match for Barcelona. Even the coach Ronald Koeman gave little hope of recovering this result, declaring: “A 1-4 defeat is normally very difficult. I can lie to you but losing at home 1-4, there are very few options”.
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Not All is Lost Yet
Historically, PSG has only ever knocked out Barcelona once in Europe, and that was in the 1995 Champions League.
Nor should we forget FC Barcelona’s historic comeback against PSG in the 2017 UEFA Champions League round of 16. In the first leg, the Catalan club had been beaten 4-0 in Paris. But in the return match at the Camp Nou, they won 6-1, with a string of goals in the last minutes of the match.
Perhaps PSG was looking for revenge after the last meeting between the two, with the 6-1 result. So far the Parisians are on the right track, but Barça will need all the luck in the world to go up this result in the second leg.
The Return Match
The return match will be next March 10th in The Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris. There Barcelona will have to score at least 4 goals if they want to go through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
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