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Paris get better of Barcelona in five-goal thriller

Published: Tuesday 30 September 2014, 22.42CET
Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 FC Barcelona
David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi shattered the visitors' previously impregnable defence and earned a notable Group F success.
by Chris Burke
from Parc des Princes

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Match statistics

ParisBarcelona

Goals scored3
 
2
Possession (%)40
 
60
Total attempts12
 
14
on target5
 
2
off target3
 
7
blocked4
 
5
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
8
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
9
Fouls suffered8
 
8
Passes391
 
680
completed354
 
627

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 30 September 2014, 22.42CET

Paris get better of Barcelona in five-goal thriller

Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 FC Barcelona
David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi shattered the visitors' previously impregnable defence and earned a notable Group F success.

David Luiz opens scoring with first goal Barcelona have conceded this season
Lionel Messi responds within two minutes but Marco Verratti heads in his first Paris goal
Blaise Matuidi adds second-half third for hosts before another rapid retort, from Neymar
Xavi Hernández makes record 143rd appearance in UEFA Champions League proper
Next matches: APOEL v Paris, Barcelona v Ajax (21 October)

Paris Saint-Germain cast off their recent troubles to lay a significant marker in Group F, edging a thrilling match 3-2 against fellow section heavyweights FC Barcelona.

Although the pre-match talk revolved around Zlatan Ibrahimović's heel injury, Paris needed ten minutes to show they could cope without their talismanic forward, David Luiz becoming the first player to score against Barcelona this term. Lionel Messi responded immediately, but the French champions punished Barça from a second set piece via Marco Verratti, before Blaise Matuidi and Neymar swapped quickfire second-half efforts on a famous night for the hosts.

Despite the mood of doubt swirling around the Parc des Princes ahead of kick-off, Paris belied their unconvincing Ligue 1 form with some effective probing, shuffling neat passes around in a style reminiscent of their opponents. They looked neither lost without Ibrahimović nor overawed by the occasion, and turned their early gains into a goal when Luiz controlled and slotted a Lucas free-kick low past Marc-André ter Stegen from close range.

The first goal Barcelona had conceded in 681 minutes stretching back to last season, Luiz's opener brought a predictably forceful response. Indeed, the home fans had hardly finished celebrating before Messi exchanged passes with Andrés Iniesta and steered a fine left-footed effort across Salvatore Sirigu.

Edinson Cavani then shot over as an electrifying start threatened to become epic, but everyone was allowed time to breathe before the next chance – Sirigu grappling onto an acrobatic Messi attempt. The respite did not last long, however, and, with 26 minutes gone, Verratti headed in a Thiago Motta corner for his first Paris goal.

Having exploited set pieces to devastating effect, Laurent Blanc's men hit their third on the break, Matuidi rushing in at the back post to slam in a Gregory van der Wiel cross. To Blanc's supreme frustration, though, his charges were promptly guilty of switching off for a second time, and Neymar finished expertly in off the far post after receiving the ball from Daniel Alves.

Barcelona introduced Munir El Haddadi and Xavi Hernández – making a record 143rd appearance in the UEFA Champions League proper – as they tried to conjure an equaliser. With Paris switching focus to defending their lead, the Blaugrana were allowed to dictate play, and Marquinhos had to react superbly to block Jordi Alba before El Haddadi fired against the post from distance. There was to be no final serving of drama.

Last updated: 29/05/15 6.33CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014333/postmatch/report/index.html#paris+edge+barcelona

Lineups

paris

Paris

barcelona

Barcelona

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution69
7
LucasLucas
Substitution90+1
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta (C)
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution62
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Yellow Card44
Goal54
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal12
17
MaxwellMaxwell
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal56
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Yellow Card66
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Goal26
Yellow Card28
Substitution71
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution86
22
Dani AlvesDani Alves
Yellow Card9
Substitution83
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
Goal10
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu

Substitutes

1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution71
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution69
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
Substitution90+1
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
19
AurierSerge Aurier
21
AdrianoAdriano
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
Substitution86
29
Sandro RamírezSandro Ramírez
Substitution83
21
DigneLucas Digne
31
Munir El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
Substitution62

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Daniele Orsato (ITA), Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution