A nail biting match between PSG and Barcelona has ended with 3-1 from Luis Suarez(2), Neymar(1) Jérémy Mathieu(OG) – kicked by Jérémy Mathieu. Although, Paris Saint-Germain played better than their previous fixtures, yet, they failed to avoid defeat in the leg 1 in UCL quarter final at their home ground.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona Match Review
PSG got shocked when Barca scored the first goal within first 20 minutes. In addition, the second worse thing was the injury of their captain, Thiago Silva, who was replaced by David Luiz.
Anyway, Neymar opened the goal line with a fantastic assistance of Messi. Although, Suarez’s another wonderful pass was wasted by Messi, which came back by hitting the goal post, yet, this time, he assisted Neymar and Neymar did the best thing.
In the first half, PSG tried a lot but failed to give their 100% energy and Cavani, who gave his best, failed to score a single goal even at their home ground against Barcelona in UCL quarter final. Edinson Cavani, who had the chance to prove himself when PSG was playing without Zlatan Ibrahimović, poorly missed a couple of passes by Lavezzi and Pastore.
Second Half – PSG Proved why they are Playing in Quarter Final
After a one sided first half, Porto started playing really better than Barcelona from the early minute in second half. At the same time, the most important player of Barcelona, Iniesta was also got an injury and was replaced by Xavi.
Alike first 45 minutes, Cavani, Rabiot, Matuidi, Lavezzi, Pastore etc. have shown a great run with the ball and somewhere there was a lack of experience in Robert Blanc’ team. The midfield was good and they had attacking winger, yet, PSG didn’t score a single goal in the second half as well.
Because of the PSG’s improvement, Barca faced a couple of difficulties – Pique, Montoya and Mascherano handled though. PSG started their game with a 4-3-3 combination but later on they changed the strategy to increase the pressure. However, Luis Suarez’s form in this match and goal scoring ability helped him to score the second goal in this UCL quarter final match. With a little help by Montoya, Suarez scored his goal single handedly on 66th minute.
After his goal, Cavani and entire PSG tried hard but failed to do anything. Nevertheless, for a wrong pass and poor handling by David Luiz, Suarez got his second goal and Barca finished the game at 78th minute.
However, just after a couple of minutes, PSG got their first goal against Barcelona in this first leg in UCL quarter final. The only goal was scored by Gregory van der Wiel and that is where PSG stopped. But, comparing with other goals, the PSG’s only goal was looking much better and very difficult.
Yellow Card: Lionel Messi, Yohan Cabaye, Pique
Red Card: None
Thiago Silva -> David Luiz
Iniesta -> Xavi
Adrien Rabiot -> Lucas
Ivan Rakitic -> Jeremy Mathieu
Montoya -> Adriano
Paris Saint-Germain 1 – 3 FC Barcelona