The official website for European football

Last-gasp Matuidi gives PSG hope against Barça

Published: Tuesday 2 April 2013, 23.06CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-2 FC Barcelona
Blaise Matuidi's last-gasp equaliser gave Carlo Ancelotti's hosts a foothold to take to the Camp Nou after a pulsating quarter-final first leg.
by Matthew Spiro
from Parc des Princes

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...

Match statistics

ParisBarcelona

Goals scored2
 
2
on target7
 
8
off target5
 
7
Corners4
 
7
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)36
 
64

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 2 April 2013, 23.06CET

Last-gasp Matuidi gives PSG hope against Barça

Paris Saint-Germain FC 2-2 FC Barcelona
Blaise Matuidi's last-gasp equaliser gave Carlo Ancelotti's hosts a foothold to take to the Camp Nou after a pulsating quarter-final first leg.

Blaise Matuidi's last-gasp equaliser clinched a draw for Paris Saint-Germain FC at the end of a pulsating UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against FC Barcelona.

Tito Vilanova's team thought they had won the game when Xavi Hernández restored their lead with an ice-cool 89th-minute penalty, but the French outfit kept on battling and drew level again in added time as Matuidi latched onto Zlatan Ibrahimović's lay-off to score left-footed. Lionel Messi had opened the scoring on 38 minutes before departing injured, only for Ibrahimović to equalise 11 minutes from time and set up a grandstand finish. 

Looking to emulate their predecessors – who defeated Barcelona to reach the semi-finals in 1995 – Carlo Ancelotti's charges made a promising start. Indeed, they nearly went ahead inside five minutes when Ezequiel Lavezzi was first to Javier Pastore's chest-down and jinked past Gerard Piqué, only to see his shot come back off the post.



Víctor Valdés saved Pastore's long-range effort, then pushed away an Ibrahimović free-kick as the Ligue 1 leaders continued to push. The Swedish international had another chance after being released by the rampaging Lucas on 26 minutes, but he fired wide when well placed.



For all PSG's enterprise, they failed to find the killer touch before the break and were punished by Messi. After Alex nodded clear a corner, Daniel Alves's superb pass over the top picked out the Argentinian's run. It was the Catalan side's first clear opportunity and Messi made no mistake, rifling a brilliant first-time strike across Salvatore Sirigu and inside the far post.

The forward's eighth goal in this season's competition took him joint-third in the all-time list, level with Andriy Shevchenko on 59. A hamstring injury prevented Messi coming out for the restart, putting his hopes of appearing in the return leg in doubt, but the four-time champions remained in the ascendancy, Alexis Sánchez shooting at Sirigu, before both Alves and Xavi went close from direct free-kicks. 

Ancelotti sent on Jérémy Ménez, Marco Verratti and Kevin Gameiro, and the changes gave the Parisians a second wind. Ibrahimović was denied by Valdés from point-blank range after pouncing on Gameiro's lay-off – but the strapping centre-forward scored against his former team moments later, thrusting in from close proximity after Thiago Silva had headed Maxwell's free-kick against the post.

There would be more late drama. First Alexis Sánchez was felled by Sirigu, enabling Xavi to send the Italian the wrong way from the spot, then Matuidi struck in the 94th minute. The PSG midfielder will be suspended for the second leg on 10 April – along with Barcelona's Javier Mascherano – after being booked, yet his goal has given PSG a fighting chance.  

Last updated: 24/04/13 17.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000349/match=2009602/postmatch/report/index.html#matuidi+pegs+back+barca

Lineups

paris

Paris

barcelona

Barcelona

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
Yellow Card89
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card85
11
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution66
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Yellow Card18
13
AlexAlex
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
Goal89
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Yellow Card65
Goal90+4
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution81
17
MaxwellMaxwell
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
18
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal79
Yellow Card87
9
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
26
JalletChristophe Jallet
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal38
Substitution46
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution76
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card75
Substitution84
29
LucasLucas
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
32
BeckhamDavid Beckham
Yellow Card68
Substitution70
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Yellow Card62

Substitutes

1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
3
SakhoMamadou Sakho
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution46
7
MénezJérémy Ménez
Substitution66
11
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
19
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Substitution76
15
BartraMarc Bartra
Substitution84
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
19
MontoyaMartín Montoya
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
25
SongAlex Song
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution70
37
TelloCristian Tello
Substitution81

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Tito Vilanova (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.