Barcelona failed to reach the quarter-final of the Champions League for the first time in 13 years after their loss against PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona played out a 1-1 draw at the Champions League’s second leg fixture of the round of 16. The result means the Parisians were able to secure a comfortable passage to the quarter final and the Blaugrana on the other hand, blowed out of the competition at the back of a resolute performance in a game they deserved to win.
The visitors were on top right from the off, but Keylor Navas was in great form for the hosts. Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG with a well-taken penalty at the half hour mark, but Lionel Messi was quick in responding for his side with a thunderous effort from 30 yards out. The Argentine missed a penalty just before half-time as the scores stayed level.
An uneventful second half meant a 5-2 aggregate win for the Ligue 1 giants, who had emerged triumphant by a 4-1 margin in Barcelona in the first leg. Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.
BARCELONA CAN TAKE AWAY A NUMBER OF POSITIVES
Barcelona lost the tie but there are a number of positives for them, and Ronald Koeman in particular to take home. The La Liga giants were hellbent on winning the game and kept probing for a go-ahead goal until the final minutes. While Messi did not have much of an impact besides his goal, the rest of the bunch showed great desire despite being second favourites.
Oscar Mingueza performed well as did Pedri. Frenkie de Jong once again executed his duties on a good note even though he was employed as a centre-back. After a horrible start to the season, Barca are on track to win the Copa del Rey. A season of more downs than ups being ended on a positive note will lift spirits, especially of the youngsters who have emerged.