Paris Saint-Germain fought back to register a 2-2 draw with Barcelona, only to lose 4-1 on penalties in a competitive pre-season friendly at the Parc des Princes on Saturday evening.Rafinha opened the scoring early on, before penalties – for each side – were converted by Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zoumana Camara netted late on to send the game to spot-kicks.After an energetic start from the Blaugrana in the French capital, it took only six minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock.In the following shootout, PSG missed both early kicks, with Barca racing in to a 3-0 lead. Sylvain Armand reduced the deficit, but Gerard Pique netted to win it for the visitors.A speculative run from Alexis Sanchez on the flank saw the Chilean drill the ball in to the box. Youngster Rafinha, who plies his trade with Barcelona B, benefited from a poor clearance by defender Alex, before latching on to the ball and firing past Nicholas Douchez.Tito Vilanova made seven changes to the XI that started at PSG, with Daniel Alves, Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and Alexis Sánchez keeping their places.
With away goals in Paris, Barcelona needs only a scoreless or 1-1 draw to advance. And it is unlikely the team will either lose at home or Paris SG will earn a 3-3 tie, seeing as Barca has only lost one time (to Actual Madrid) at Camp Nou and tied there times this season.There are a considerable number of reasons why Barcelona ought to be fine if Lionel Messi cannot play against Paris Saint-Germain in the return fixture of the Champions League clash between the teams. There is more bad news for PSG. Barca has only allowed goals or more times this season at home and has only given up goals at Camp Nou on occasion.Les Parisiens were noticeably lethargic in the early stages, and were unable to contain a Barcelona side famed for its continuous passing movements. Lionel Messi tried an work from distance, before having a shot basically saved by Douchez.Seven minutes in to the second period, Barcelona was awarded a penalty. Mamadou Sakho was adjudged to have felled Sanchez in the box, with Messi stepping up to wrongfoot Sirigu and put the Blaugrana 2-0 ahead.Les Parisiens illustrated their increasing superiority in assault, but were undone on the counter-attack again. A lofted ball in the path of Messi saw the Argentine superstar dart in past Alex and unleash a shot, but it narrowly flew over Douchez’s bar. PSG is capable of going into Camp Nou and getting a win. Seriously. It may sound crazy and yes, it’s pretty unlikely but anytime you have talented players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Jérémy Menez, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi, you have a shot even in the most daunting of situations.Sportsnet HD and Sportsnet Ontario / East / West / Pacific will continue their exclusive UEFA Champions League quarter-final coverage in Canada by broadcasting Barcelona vs PSG live at 14:45 EST on Wednesday, April 10.In the United States, viewers can watch Ibrahimovic’s Camp Nou return on FOX Deportes, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Soccer Channel or SiriusXM FC. Will England’s last representative in the UEFA Champions League, David Beckham, crash out with his French team? Watch Barcelona vs PSG at 19:45 in UK on Sky Sports Events Centre, Sky Go or Sky Sports 2/HD.
Substitutes Blaise Matuidi and Kevin Gameiro combined well late on, forcing Tito Vilanova’s men in to defensive mode. The hosts’ perseverance paid off when Camara headed in from a amazing delivery by Pastore late on, but they were thwarted by Barca goalkeeper Pinto in the shoot-out and it was the Catalans who claimed eventual victory.On the hour, PSG itself was awarded a penalty by referee Said Ennijmi after Montoya had fouled Lavezzi in the box. Ibrahimovic coolly slotted past Pinto to reduce the deficit, and register his first objective at the Parc des Princes.The enthralling clash was ideal preparation for both sides, with PSG opening its Ligue one campaign against Lorient next Saturday, while the Catalans take on Actual Madrid in the Italian Supercopa on Aug. 23.Barcelona have enjoyed 69% of possession, completing 6,034 of their 7,200 attempted passes with an 84% success rate – all higher than any other side.Stuart Lancaster’s rugby team has gone from one that gave the All Blacks a record pasting at Twickenham last December to one that suffered their biggest defeat by Wales.Barcelona may be capable of advancing without its superstar, but it would be insane to attempt doing so if Messi is available. Just because the odds of moving on are heavily in the Catalans’ favor doesn’t mean they should take a very talented PSG team lightly.imagine Messi won’t try to play against PSG, even if he only comes on as an emergency substitution, which might not be the worst plan of attack for Barcelona. Better yet, if he starts the game and Barca scores an early goal, Barcelona could always look to take him out at the half if he’s hobbling.
UEFA Champions League
Date: 10 April 2013 | 10-04-2013
Time: 10:00 | 3:00 PM EST.
Barcelona 1 : 1 Paris Saint-Germain
[ 0-1 Pastore 50′ ]
[ 1-1 Pedro 70′ ]
Match End Final Score
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain teams squads expected players probables line-ups details information here below.
Barcelona FC Team Players:
Valdes, Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi; Villa, Messi, Alexis. Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Montoya, Fábregas, Thiago Alacántra, Song, Tello.
Paris Saint-Germain FC Players List:
Sirigu; Jallet, Silva, Alex, Maxwell; Matuidi, Beckham; Moura, Pastore, Lavezzi; Ibrahimovic. Subs: Douchez, Sako, Van der Wiel, Menez, Chantôme, Verratti, Gameiro
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Barcelona last time draw match against PSG by 2-2 goals but this time their goal machine Messi injured if he can’t join team in this game then they are in some trouble. other hand team out of tension because last meeting very succesful for their players and we also hope they are still match leader by 2-1 goals in this match. stay here check results and watch who will win the match?
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