Barca 2-0 PSG (5-1 agg): Catalans Advance Into Semis With Aplomb

Barcelona are through to their seventh semi-final in eight years in the Uefa Champions League after a convincing 2-0 victory over Paris St-Germain on Tuesday.

Neymar twice scored in the first half to take his tally in Europe this season to six as the Catalans stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games and progress 5-1 on aggregate.

There were no doubting Luiz Enrique’s men after they blew away PSG 3-1 in Paris last week. The four-time winners will know their last-4 opponent on Friday, when the semi-final draw takes place in Nyon, Switzerland.

The La Liga leaders continued from where they left off last week, with Neymar adding to his strike at the Parc des Princes courtesy of a belter of a goal in the 14th minute.

The brilliant Andres Iniesta set the ball rolling from the halfway line; he beat the first Paris man, nutmegged another and slid past the third before placing a perfect weighted pass into the path of Neymar, who on his own part evaded David Luiz rounded Slvatore Sirigu and then tapped the ball in.

PSG rarely sighted the home team post aside a rightly disallowed goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was three yards inside an offside position before guiding Blaise Matuidi’s shot in.

Barcelona would soon be celebrating their second goal, all thanks to a woeful PSG defending as Dani Alves was allowed time to deliver a left-footed cross to Neymar to thump home Barcelona’s second.

Neymarv Celebrates after Scoring against PSG at the Camp Nou. Image: Getty.
Neymarv Celebrates after Scoring against PSG at the Camp Nou. Image: Getty.

Barca eased a little bit on their gas pedal after the break by which time Ibrahimovic had started getting more conspicuous at the other end.

Marco Verratti could have pulled one back for the French champions immediately after the break, with time and space to his advantage; the Italian midfielder dragged his shot wide.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was finally called into action on 73 minutes, making a fine save off Ibrahimovic’s 25-yards shot.


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