Paris 1-1 Barcelona (agg: 5-2): Mbappé seals hosts' progress
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Kylian Mbappé's first-half penalty ensured a comfortable route to the last eight for the home side.
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Paris resisted first-half pressure to earn a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes and eliminate Barcelona 5-2 on aggregate in their round of 16 tie.
Match in brief
Barcelona's purposeful opening was understandable given their 4-1 first-leg reverse and Keylor Navas was tested twice by Ousmane Dembélé early on. But they fell behind when Clément Lenglet clipped Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappé converted the resulting penalty for his fourth goal of the tie.
Ronald Koeman's team responded impressively as Lionel Messi thumped in a glorious drive from distance and they would have led at the break had Navas not deflected the Argentinian's spot kick against the bar after Layvin Kurzawa fouled Antoine Griezmann.
Mauricio Pochettino's men heeded that warning, though, and were far more compact after half-time, Marquinhos epitomising their determination with a diving block to thwart Messi. A comeback never looked on the cards from that moment onwards as Barça's run of 13 straight quarter-final appearances came to a tame end.
Player of the Match: Keylor Navas (Paris)
"The goalkeeper ensured the game stayed goalless for a long period and then kept his team in it by saving the penalty just before half-time."
Corinne Diacre, UEFA Technical Observer
Check out every official UEFA Champions League Player of the Match.
Chris Burke, Paris reporter
Paris go through and the aggregate scoreline will suggest this was a one-sided contest. The first leg undoubtedly was, but here the French champions flirted with danger – if not outright disaster. Crucially, the key moments fell their way, Paris winning a penalty against the run of play, Navas saving one just before the interval, and the visitors unable to convert chances. Every successful team needs luck, but Pochettino surely hoped for a more controlled display after his side's Camp Nou heroics.
Graham Hunter, Barcelona reporter
Although there will be psychological pain at departing the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16 for the first time in 14 years, Paris have probably done Barcelona a favour with this win. Koeman has resculpted his team in a remarkably short space of time. They are quick, confident, dip in and out of playing systems and are fun to watch. But across these matches they've come up short physically, in concentration and in taking chances. Sort that out and Barcelona will be back for real.
Keylor Navas, Paris goalkeeper: "I'm very happy because it was a difficult match. We all wanted to play a great game and make the most of the first leg to qualify. It's always difficult to save a penalty – especially against Messi. It was a really great game from Barça. They pressed us the maximum possible. We're very motivated to continue in this competition and with this same spirit. That's what will help us improve to go far."
Marquinhos, Paris captain: "It was a difficult match. We knew the context would be different compared to the first leg. Since that game, Barça have been playing better. They had the courage to press very high and make it difficult for us to get the ball forward. You have to be able to cope. We were able to do that with the help of our great goalkeeper, who made the difference. We were better in the second half and we deserve this qualification."
Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona striker: "We've left a good impression here after a terrific performance. We had lots of goal chances, particularly in the first half, but we just didn't score them. I'd say there were four clear-cut opportunities plus the penalty. If you don't put them away it's harder later in the game. Nevertheless, it was a completely different contest than the first leg."
• Mbappé (22 years and 80 days) became the youngest player to score 25 UEFA Champions League goals, taking the record from Messi (22 years and 286 days).
• Paris have scored in their last 23 UEFA Champions League home matches.
• There has been a total of 33 goals scored in the last eight UEFA Champions League games between these sides – an average of 4.1 goals per game.
• Barcelona have failed to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2006/07, halting a sequence of 13 successive last-eight appearances.
• Messi's goal was his 120th in 149 UEFA Champions League outings; Cristiano Ronaldo took 150 games to reach 120.
• The Argentinian forward has converted 16 of his 20 penalties in the UEFA Champions League but that was his first failure since 2015.
Paris: Navas; Florenzi (Dagba 76), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa (Diallo 46); Gueye (Danilo 59), Paredes, Verratti (Rafinha 84); Draxler (Di María 59), Icardi, Mbappé
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest (Francisco Trincão 66), Mingueza (Junior Firpo 35), Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets (Moriba 79), Pedri (Pjanić 79); Messi, Griezmann, Dembélé (Braithwaite 79)
The quarter-final and semi-final draws will be streamed live on UEFA.com from midday CET on Friday 19 March. There are no seedings or country protection.