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Barcelona 1-4 PSG results, summary and goals: Champions League 2020/21

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Richard Martin's on-the-whistle match report 

Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappé fired in a stunning hat-trick as his side overcame the absence of Neymar to thrash Barcelona 4-1 away in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday to move within full view of the last eight.

Lionel Messi had blasted Barca ahead with a penalty in the first half but Mbappé pulled the French champions level with a classy piece of control and finishing to complete a flowing team move also involving Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa.

Mbappé, who had not scored in the Champions League knockouts for two years before Tuesday, smashed PSG into the lead in the 65th minute while Moise Kean took advantage of some woeful Barca marking to head in a third goal for the visitors in the 70th.

The insatiable Mbappé looked hungry for more though and after being denied a third goal of his own by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, he completed his treble in the 85th minute by curling the ball past the German into the top corner.

Barca overcame a 4-0 defeat to PSG in a last-16 first leg in 2017 by winning the second leg at home 6-1 but the Catalans now face another daunting task in turning this tie around when they visit the Parc des Princes on March 10.

Maradona on Mbappé

Maradona told Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez to sign Mbappé

In this chat from back in 2017, Maradona explains how he told Real Madrid's president to sign 'breakout' player Mbappé. 

PSG and Mbappé...

Alfredo Relaño looks at the big statements made by the French club and player at the Camp Nou tonight.

 

An image for the ages...

And so begins the meme parade... 

Florentino watching Mbappé socre a hat-trick against Barcelona...

Barcelona player ratings

AS Barcelona correspondent Javier Miguel gives his verdict after Messi and Co's humiliating defeat to PSG at Camp Nou...

Remebering Shevchenko at Camp Nou in 1997

Before PSG tonight, the last team to score four goals against Barcelona at Camp Nou in European competition: Dynamo Kiev in 1997. There was also a hat-trick hero for the visitors that night, a young man named Andriy Shevchenko. 

The image that has everyone talking. Cue the avalanche of memes...

Antoine Griezmann was at Barcelona airport after the game but was in no mood to speak with Spanish reporters. What he was doing at airport is another question...

Perhaps they've got a point here...

Piqué and Griezmann in profanity-laden row during Barcelona defeat to PSG

Piqué raged at his teammates during their 4-1 defeat to PSG at the Camp Nou in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 1st leg match and ended up in a potty-mouthed exchange of words with striker Antoine Griezmann who had tried to calm him down, but ended up swearing at the defender.

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Di Maria reacts to PSG's third goal

The injured PSG star watched the game from home and was naturally delighted to see Moise Kean's goal go in to give the Paris side a 3-1 lead. Mbappé added one more soon after to add insult to injury for Barcelona...

Barcelona had not conceded more than one goal in their last 15 home matches in the Champions League knockouts before this game.

 

Frenkie De Jong's post-match comments

"In the second half they were superior. The second leg remains but it's going to be very difficult," said the Dutch midfielder, who won the initial penalty that Messi converted to open the scoring in the first half. 

Pochettino responds to Mbappé transfer rumours

"Kylian is a world-class. There will always be rumours but he's happy in Paris." 

Gerard Piqué's furious outburst

Spanish broadcaster Movistar picked up the the expletive-laden rant of Gerard Piqué after a period of immense pressure from PSG, with Antoine Griezmann bearing the brunt of his fury...

Messi equals Raúl record in Barça defeat to PSG

Barcelona star Lionel Messi equalled a record set by Real Madrid great Raúl González in the Blaugrana's Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Messi's 26th-minute penalty, which put Barça ahead in their last-16 first leg against PSG, saw him net in the Champions League for a 17th successive calendar year. Messi's first was in 2005; Raul's goals spanned 1995-2011.

Additionally, it was Messi's 20th goal of the season across all competitions, remarkably making it the 13th season in succession that he has reached that mark. Although, the Argentine will undoubtedly be in no mood to celebrate such milestones this evening.

Griezmann lauds Mbappé after the game

Despite his bitter disappointment after Barcelona's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of PSG, Antonine Griezmann was full of praise for his compatriot in his post match comments. 

"We all need to enjoy Kylian, because PSG have a player who will be the class of Leo and Cristiano," said the Barcelona forward. 

Neymar celebrates PSG’s win over Barcelona and Mbappé’s hat-trick

Neymar could not hide his delight as PSG thrashed his former club Barcelona 4-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie. The Brazilian tweeted out his ecstasy as PSG came back from being 1-0 down (a Messi penalty), with Mbappé proving decisive scoring a hat-trick.

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Historic for PSG and Mbappé

Aside from PSG becoming just the sixth team in history to score fours goals against Barcelona at Camp Nou in the European competition, Kylian Mbappé has become the first player in Champions League history to score a hat-trick against Barca in the knockout stages.

 

Outstanding performance from Moise Kean

Along with hat-trick hero Mbappé and Leandro Paredes, Moise Kean was part of the key trio for PSG tonight. The Italian forward scored one, gave a key pass for another and had three shots on target from three attempts. 

Koeman's post-match comments

"In the 2nd half they were better than us and were very efficient, especially Mbappé. Physically they were superior... We have to accept they were better, they showed they're a more complete team than us... Losing 4-1 at home there aren't many chances (to turn it around)."

"We are on the path to changing things, and today's game showed we still need to change a lot more, to compete in Champions League."

And so begins the meme fest...

Neymar over the moon

Incredible performance from Paredes 

Aside from Moise Kean and Kylian Mbappé, Leandro Paredes was immense tonight... 

PSG join a select club with four  goals at Camp Nou

PSG become just the sixth team to manage four goals against Barcelona at Camp Nou in European competition, and the first since Dynamo Kiev in 1997. 

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Peep, peep, peep! It's all over at Camp Nou as PSG stun Barcelona to win 4-1. Koeman's side have been left with an almost insurmountable mountain to climb in Paris next month. 

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Five minutes added on. Can Barcelona claw one back?

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GOAL FOR PSG! HAT-TRICK FOR MBAPPE!

PSG break and it's three-on-three as Draxler draws the defenders before passing to Mbappé in space on the left. And the Frenchman shoots first time, curling the ball into the far top corner using the side of the his right boot. That's three for Mbappé, who has given an absolute masterclass tonight. 

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GOAL FOR PSG! HAT-TRICK FOR MBAPPE!

PSG break and it's three-on-three as Draxler draws the defenders before passing to Mbappé in space on the right. And the Frenchman shoots first time, curling the ball into the far top corner using the side of the his right. That's three for Mbappé, who has given an absolute masterclass tonight. 

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PSG change as Moise Kean makes way for Danilo. Kean has been excellent tonight. 

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Navas comes close to gifting Barcelona a goal as he tried to play a short pass to his defender under pressure from Griemnann. Griezmann blocks the pass and almost directs the ball into the far corner. 

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Three changes for Barcelona as they desperately try to change things: Piqué, Busquets and Pedri off; Trincao, Riqui Puig and Pjanic on. 

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GOAL PSG!

Barcelona are stunned as they concede a second goal within five minutes! Paredes delivers the cross from the free kick set-piece, finding Moise Kean by the edge of the six-yard area. The Italian forward just gets enough of his head on the ball to beat Ter Stegen. 3-1 PSG!

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GOAL PSG! MBAPPE AGAIN!

Paredes picks out the run of Florenzi in space down the right flank with a ball over the top. The Italian full back's cross is not great but Piqué completely makes a mess of his clearence and the ball falls loose to Mbappé, who blasts the ball home from 10 yards. 2-1 to the visitors. 

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Chance Barca! Griezmann tries to get his head on the end of a corner cross right by the far post, but he can't steer the ball towards goal. That's the best chance Barca have mustered so far in this second half. 

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Barcelona have been a bit overwhelmed here in these first 10 minutes of the second half. It's been all PSG so far. Paredes dinks a ball over the top and in behind the Barca defence. Mbappé chases but it runs out of play before he can reach it. 

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Chance PSG! Mbappé tears the Barcelona defence apart, passes to Icardi, who gives a cheeky back heel pass to tee up Moise Kean in space on the left. The Italian blasts a shot from close range but Ter Stegen does well to save. 

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Mbappé comes close! Moise Kean, who has been immense tonight, beats one man and then passes to Mbappè. The Frenchman quickly has a pop from distance. It's a decent effort and just wide of the far post. 

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Peep! Barca get the second 45 underway at Camp Nou. 

The teams are back on the field and ready to go for the second half. 

Some key stats from the first half show just how close this game has been

Possession

Barca - 52% ; PSG - 48%

Shots 

Barca - 7; PSG - 8

Shots on target

Barca - 3; PSG - 4

Passes 

Barca - 266; PSG - 237

Pass accuracy

Barca - 93%; PSG - 90% 

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Peep peep! The ref calls half time at Camp Nou.

The game has certainly lived up to the billing so far. It's been open, frantic and end-to-end stuff with both sides making plenty of chances. Goals from Messi and Mbappé put the score at 1-1 as the players head to the dressing room. 

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Chance PSG! Icardi guides a fast header towards goal from a corner kick, but it's just wide of the near post. 

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Gueye comes in very late on Busquets and Barca have a free inside PSG's half. Gueye has got to be careful as he's already on a yellow. 

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Chance Barca! The hosts break on the counter attack through Messi, who passes to Griezmann around the half-way line. The Frenchman goes it alone, drawing three or four defenders before dragging his shot just wide of the far post. 

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GOAL PSG!!

The vistors respond quickly as Verratti dinks a lovely chipped pass to Mbappé by the penatly spot. Mbappé controls with his first touch and then takes the ball around Lenglet before blasting it into the top corner from six-yards out. 1-1! 

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GOAL BARCA!

It's Messi versus old Real Madrid foe Keylor Navas. And Messi comes out on top, expertly driving his spot kick into the top right corner. The Costa Rican keeper went the right way but there was no way he was getting a hand to that. 

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Barcelona win a penalty! Frenkie De Jong was clipped by Kurzawa inside the box as he chased a high ball and there is no doubts about that. 

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What a tackle from Verratti! Messi plays a clever back heel pass to Griezmann just inside the PSG box. But the Frenchman is nailed with a risky-but-perfectly-timed sliding tackle from Verratti. 

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Chance PSG! Barcelona lose the ball in their own half allowing PSG to break quickly. Mbappé plays a pass left to Icardi, who is in plenty of space and only has Ter Stegen in front of him. But the Argentine striker completely scuffs the shot. Let-off for Barca. 

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Chance Barca! Pedri slots a short pass to put Griezmann in behind two defenders. The Frenchman takes a step left away from goal before shooting from the edge of the six-yard box. But it's a weak effort that doesn't trouble Navas. That's the best chance of the game so far. 

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Moise Kean does well to tip the ball passed Jordi Alba in the box, but Lenglet arrives to snuff out the danger before Kean has a chance to get a shot off.  

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First threat from Barcelona comes as De Jong slots a ball forward to Dembélé. The French striker tries a shot from just outside the box but it's blocked down by the PSG defence. 

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Mbappé is released with a ball over the top from Verratti. He's gotten in behind the Barca defence and was on for a one-on-one with Ter Stegen but his first touch is poor as he tried to take the ball down. 

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Mbappé immediately bossed off the ball by Sergio Dest. 

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Peep! And they're off as PSG get the game underway at Camp Nou.

The teams are on the field! 

PSG getting acquainted with the Camp Nou turf

Barcelona vs PSG, Messi vs Mbappé

Alfredo Relaño takes a look at Messi and Mbappé - with the whole world's eyes on the two players tonight. 

Piqué returns after more than two months

Barcelona will be very glad to have their deputy captain back tonight. Gerard Piqué makes his comeback after two-and-a-half months on the sidelines. He certainly timed it well. 

Mbappé but no Neymar or Di Maria

Although Mbappé is the Ligue 1 top scorer with 16 goals this season, he has largely failed to ignite in the Champions League with just two goals and he has not scored in the knockout stage since a 2-0 win at Manchester United in the last 16 in 2019.

But Pochettino, who is expected to field Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia or Moise Kean alongside the 22-year-old Mbappe, said he was pleased with the France striker's form.

"Clearly we're missing important players but we have a team and players who are responsible," Pochettino, who took over from the sacked Thomas Tuchel at the beginning of the year, told a news conference on Monday.

"As for Mbappé, I expect from him what I always expect from great players. I'm very happy with his performances since I arrived."

Neymar suffered a thigh problem in last week's French Cup win at Caen while Di Maria has a similar injury which he picked up in the Ligue 1 victory away to Olympique Marseille on Feb 7.

What can Mbappé bring to Camp Nou tonight?

	FC Barcelona fans wave the club's flags as they march with a banner insulting PSG ahead of the

Barcelona are fans out in numbers but won't be in the stadium

Barcelona fans wave the club's flags as they march with a banner insulting PSG ahead of the game. 

Koeman's pre-match comments

"I don't see other teams much better than Barcelona at the moment. But I don't think it is good if you are changing a lot of things in the team and playing with young players to expect to win the Champions League. That's not good.

"We have a good team, though. The team is doing better and playing at a high level. They are at a high level physically, too. And we have fantastic players, which means we can beat everyone and that's what we want to show by competing with the best teams in Europe."

Pochettino's pre-match comments

“I have found ambitious players here, and they work very hard in training. Football today is more an obsession than a passion. We love this sport and think about it all the time – I mean obsession in the positive sense. PSG is overflowing with passion and you can sense that when you come to this club.

"That’s not a bad thing. We are going to be competing against another team that’s aspiring to win the Champions League. I admired Koeman as a player and I do now as a manager too.”

In case you needed reminding of what happened the last time these two met at Camp Nou in 2017...

Captains Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué were among the first to arrive for Barcelona a little earlier...

PSG Starting XI: 

Navas, Florenzi, Kurzawa, Gueye, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Moise Kean, Paredes, Icardi, Verratti, Mbappé

Barcelona Starting XI:

Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Lenglet, De Jong, Pedri, Jordi Alba, Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann

Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo need more protection from referees – Koeman

Ahead of tonight's game, Barca coach Ronald Koeman stated he believes that Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and players of their ilk should be protected by referees. 

"To see the best game, you always have to have the best players on the field of play," Koeman told reporters on Monday when discussing Neymar's absence. 

"You never know how a team reacts if they lack a player like Neymar. Both teams have casualties. I hope in a couple of weeks everyone can be there to find out who is the best.

"I think we must always protect this type of player, players like Neymar, Messi, Cristiano, because they let us enjoy their quality a lot.

"And in this respect, the referees have to defend them, but in football there is contact and the players have to know that when they play one-on-one, and the referees have to decide when it is an ugly foul, but football is still a contact sport."

No Neymar tonight at Camp Nou

Messi vs Neymar: it was the mouthwatering matchup everyone was waiting for and perhaps nobody more so than Neymar himself, who was quick to tweet his excitement about the meeting not long after the draw was made in mid-December. 

But as luck would have it, the Brazilian star has been ruled out due to injury. If his recovery goes well, there is a slight chance he will make the return leg on 10 March. 

The Champions League is back!

Hello and welcome! It's the first night of Champions League knock-out phase foootball this season and we're sure you're as excited as we are that Europe's premier competition is back after a two-month hiatus.

Kicking off proceedings this year is perhaps THE tie of the eight last-16 match-ups - Barcelona vs PSG.

The game gets underway at 9pm CET and in the meantime at you can follow the build-up with us here before we provide you with minute-by-minute coverage of the action at Camp Nou. 

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