PSG loses 3-2 in opposition to FC Barcelona | EUROtoday

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Lhe Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona have already given us an unprecedented turnaround up to now. Very intelligent, subsequently, the one who may draw any conclusion from the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, which noticed the Catalans win 3 targets to 2 in opposition to the Parisians. However, just a few observations in view of the return match on Tuesday April 16 are essential.

Everything began nicely on the Parc des Princes: spectacular banners within the stands and a bunch of former stars of the membership (Raï, Ronaldinho specifically) for the pleasure of all. On the inexperienced sq. facet, no huge surprises on the PSG facet, besides the tenure of Marco Asensio on the forefront of the assault instead of Gonçalo Ramos and the absence of Warren Zaire-Emery from Luis's eleventh holder Enrique.

If the Parisians appear to be getting into the match nicely, the primary scare will come from a restart from Ter Stegen, the FC Barcelona goalkeeper, which locations Raphinha in a wonderful place. It will take a very good outing from his PSG counterpart, the Italian Donnarumma, to stop the Catalan rating from opening.

Beraldo feverish

An indication ought to have apprehensive the Parisian coach from this primary alert: the joy of the younger central defender Beraldo, going through the skilled Polish striker from FC Barcelona, ​​Robert Lewandowski. And faltered within the thirty seventh minute: Beraldo, sucked in by the Pole, destabilized his personal protection. Raphinha took benefit of a nasty exit from Donnarumma on a cross from the fitting to open the scoring.

If we haven't but talked about Kylian Mbappé, it's as a result of he mirrored his group's assault throughout this ghostly first half. It was solely Ousmane Dembélé who feverishly tried to create hazard on his proper facet, however it was inadequate at this stage of competitors.

READ ALSO Kylian Mbappé and Paris Saint-Germain: a painful divorceThis offensive failure most likely didn’t escape the Parisian coach, Luis Enrique. At half-time, the younger Barcola changed Asensio and a very totally different PSG introduced itself to the 48,000 spectators. Dembélé, extra central, equalizes within the forty eighth minute (solely his second objective this season). The public exults. PSG returned to the match and doubled the lead three minutes later after an excellent transfer on the fitting, concluded by Vitinha.

But the place was Mbappé?

Now is the time for replacements, whereas Kylian Mbappé stays ghostly. This will not be the case for the younger FC Barcelona midfielder, Pedri, who entered on the hour mark, who will flip the match round. Two minutes later, he delivers an actual caviar to Raphinia who equalizes and doubles the lead. He who had by no means performed in opposition to PSG regardless of a season at Stade Rennes…

In the 77th minute, on a hazardous nook, FC Barcelona defender Christensen positioned a header out of attain of Donnarumma who ought to have imposed himself extra in his penalty space. A couple of minutes earlier, Barcola had missed the 3-2 objective in favor of the Parisians.

The rating will now not change and the late entry of Gonçalo Ramos will maybe be on the thoughts of the Parisian coach, 6 days earlier than the return match at FC Barcelona. That's rather a lot, when you already know the standard of play of the Catalans. But it's not a lot in a gathering between PSG and FC Barcelona and it's even insignificant if Kylian Mbappé decides to have an enormous match through the quarter-final return of this 2023/2024 Champions League. This could be the primary Parisian comeback.