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Suárez at the double as Barcelona beat Paris

Published: Wednesday 15 April 2015, 22.42CET
Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 FC Barcelona
Two second-half goals from Luis Suárez consigned Paris to their first home defeat of the season, leaving Barça on the brink of the last four.

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Match statistics

ParisBarcelona

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)37
 
63
Total attempts8
 
11
on target4
 
6
off target1
 
3
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners4
 
4
Offsides6
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
9
Passes401
 
778
completed347
 
706

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 15 April 2015, 22.42CET

Suárez at the double as Barcelona beat Paris

Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 FC Barcelona
Two second-half goals from Luis Suárez consigned Paris to their first home defeat of the season, leaving Barça on the brink of the last four.

Luis Suárez scores twice to inflict first home defeat of the season on Paris
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Zlatan Ibrahimović among three suspended for Paris; Thiago Silva limps off early
Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the first leg
The second leg takes place next Tuesday, with the semi-final draw on Friday

Luis Suárez claimed two second-half goals to leave FC Barcelona well set for a seventh UEFA Champions League semi-final in eight years.

Paris were unbeaten in 24 home matches on all fronts going into the first leg but that record was decimated here. Barcelona were leading through Neymar's early effort when Luis Suárez took the headlines with two fine strikes in 13 second-half minutes heralding a 3-1 win.

The first came from the right as he cut into the box, nutmegging David Luiz as he did so, then outmuscled Maxwell before firing inside the near post. With 11 minutes to go he scored again, playing a one-two with Javier Mascherano, once more slipping the ball between Luiz's legs, before a sumptuous finish into the top corner. Jérémy Mathieu's own goal did little to take the gloss off.

Laurent Blanc spoke on the eve of the game about using September's 3-2 home victory over Barcelona – the first of what is now three meetings between the sides this season – as the benchmark. It was soon apparent that the visitors possessed a very different blueprint. Messi served warning, swivelling on the edge of the area and bending a shot past the back-tracking Maxwell and onto the post; and Luis Enrique's Blaugrana forged ahead on 18 minutes.

The move started innocuously enough, with Sergio Busquets catching Adrien Rabiot in possession tight to the touchline near halfway. Barcelona's transition from defence to attack was withering. The tackle fell to Andrés Iniesta and he fed Messi, who hustled and bustled before placing the ball into the path of Neymar. The Brazilian, with Gregory van der Wiel trailing in his wake, coolly slotted in under Salvatore Sirigu.

It was not what Blanc wished to see, nor was the sight before the restart of Thiago Silva joining him on the bench with a knock. With Zlatan Ibrahimović among three suspended for Paris, it was the last thing the hosts needed; on came Luiz, a huge pre-match doubt with a hamstring problem.

Suárez joy after double in Paris

All was not lost, though. The lively Blaise Matuidi had carved out a decent early chance that Javier Pastore fluffed. The France midfielder was also the instigator around the half-hour as he broke, sending Ezequiel Lavezzi scurrying down the left. For a moment PSG looked to have men over but Edinson Cavani could not profit, Mascherano timing his tackle to perfection.

Paris had been here before. They trailed Chelsea FC three times in the last 16 but still went through. Pastore and Rabiot tested Marc-André ter Stegen as the second half got under way yet an uphill struggle became treacherous when Suárez waltzed in to make it 2-0.

The Uruguayan's second of the night left Paris with a mountain to climb though they are at least clinging on after Van der Wiel's speculative attempt took a wicked deflection off substitute Mathieu and ballooned in.

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Barcelona go through their paces before kick-off at the Parc des Princes

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Brazil team-mates Neymar and Thiago Silva greet each other in the tunnel

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Javier Pastore was involved early on, putting Sergio Busquets on the back foot as he advanced

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Neymar breaks the deadlock on 19 minutes

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The Barcelona No11 wheels away in celebration

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Neymar celebrates after outstripping Gregory van der Wiel to make it 1-0

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Neymar celebrates with the man who created his opener, Lionel Messi

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Gerard Piqué, making his 300th appearance for Barcelona, heads over to celebrate with Neymar

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Edinson Cavani goes into acrobatic mode as he attempts to find an equaliser

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Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu reacts after taking a knock

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Luis Suárez celebrates after making it 2-0 in Paris

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The Uruguay forward makes it 3-0


 

Last updated: 05/02/17 19.49CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

barcelona

Barcelona

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
Substitution21
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
Substitution80
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Yellow Card37
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Yellow Card32
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution74
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
5
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution53
17
MaxwellMaxwell
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
Goal67
Goal79
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
10
MessiLionel Messi
Yellow Card54
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal18
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
Substitution65
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba

Substitutes

1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution53
7
LucasLucas
Substitution65
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
12
RafinhaRafinha
21
DigneLucas Digne
15
BartraMarc Bartra
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
Substitution21
21
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution80
34
KimpembePresnel Kimpembe
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Substitution74
Goal82

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

Stuart Burt (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

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