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Neymar at the double as Barcelona ease through

Published: Tuesday 21 April 2015, 22.37CET
FC Barcelona 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain (agg: 5-1)
Neymar scored twice in the opening 34 minutes as Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals in eye-catching style.

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BarcelonaParis

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts11
 
8
on target6
 
2
off target4
 
3
blocked1
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
1
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
11
Passes741
 
573
completed670
 
506

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Published: Tuesday 21 April 2015, 22.37CET

Neymar at the double as Barcelona ease through

FC Barcelona 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain (agg: 5-1)
Neymar scored twice in the opening 34 minutes as Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals in eye-catching style.

Neymar scores twice in the first half to take his competition tally to six this term
Barcelona through to the last four for the seventh time in eight seasons
The Catalan club stretch unbeaten run to 13 games, 12 of them wins
Exclusive behind-the-scenes photography from Barcelona and Munich
The semi-final draw takes place in Nyon from 12.00CET on Friday

FC Barcelona are through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the seventh time in eight seasons after another scintillating display against Paris Saint-Germain.

Outstanding last week as they opened up a 3-1 first-leg lead in the French capital, Luis Enrique's men picked up where they left off. While Paris were hurried whenever they had possession, the Catalan club looked to have all the time in the world to run the visitors' back line ragged. Two goals from Neymar – the first a peach – meant the job was done by the 34th minute. From then on it was energy preservation, Barcelona-style.

"It's practically impossible not to concede against Barcelona," Laurent Blanc said on the eve of this quarter-final decider; he probably had ambitions of holding out for longer than 14 minutes, though. It was a wonderful goal, stemming from a poor Javier Mascherano pass right outside the home box. Jordi Alba was aware, getting to the ball just ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimović; it was the cue for Andrés Iniesta.

The 30-year-old has had a difficult season relatively speaking, but this was him at his best. Facing his own goal, he turned past the first Paris challenge and set off, all quick feet and alert body. Two more opponents were shown a clean pair of heels and the crowd rose en masse. With Neymar racing into space, Iniesta slid in a perfectly weighted pass which the Brazilian took around Salvatore Sirigu and prodded in.

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It was a feature of what became a vintage first-half performance from Iniesta, the midfield metronome dictating Barcelona's beat. It was a measure both of his importance and of his team's position in the tie that he was withdrawn at the break: Xavi Hernández was not a bad replacement. By then it was 2-0 and all but over after the somewhat rarer sight of a left-footed Daniel Alves cross, headed in by Neymar.

Ibrahimović could only dream of that kind of service, cutting an isolated figure at the other end. He got more company after the restart as Barça relinquished their stranglehold, their relentless pressing. Marco Verratti ought to have done better with an opening early in the second period and there were 73 minutes on the clock when Marc-André ter Stegen was finally called into action by Ibrahimović.

For Paris there is always next year; Barcelona, down to the last four and in fine fettle, are looking no further than the next six weeks.

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Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou ahead of the second leg

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Back from suspension, Zlatan Ibrahimović gets in the thick of it early on

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Neymar rounds Salvatore Sirigu before side-footing in the opening goal

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique holds his hands aloft as his side open a 4-1 aggregate lead

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Camera phones at the ready as Neymar celebrates his first of the evenin

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Blaise Matuidi forces Jordi Alba in to defensive action as Paris seek a way back

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Neymar rises above Marquinhos and Gregory van der Wiel to make it 2-0

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Scorer and provider celebrate as Neymar leaps onto Daniel Alves's back

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The Brazilians reluctantly pose for the cameras

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Marco Verratti is forced into defensive action with a tackle on Lionel Messi

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It just was not Marco Verratti's night








Last updated: 17/03/16 16.12CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

paris

Paris

1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution66
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
5
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution55
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Substitution80
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution46
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
Substitution75
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution80
10
MessiLionel Messi
17
MaxwellMaxwell
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal14
Goal34
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
22
Dani AlvesDani Alves
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card3

Substitutes

13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution46
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution75
7
LucasLucas
Substitution66
12
RafinhaRafinha
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
15
BartraMarc Bartra
21
DigneLucas Digne
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Substitution55
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution80
21
AdrianoAdriano
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
Substitution80

Coach

Luis Enrique (ESP) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

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