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Barcelona 1-4 PSG

Kylian Mbappe

Ronald Araujo’s first-half red card changed the whole complexion of the tie

Paris Saint-Germain booked their spot in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening with a remarkable 4-1 victory over ten-man Barcelona.

Barcelona had a 3-2 aggregate lead from the first leg of the quarter-final and they quickly added to their advantage through Raphinha’s close-range effort.

But Ronald Araujo was sent off for denying Bradley Barcola a clear goalscoring chance just before the half-hour mark, with Ousmane Dembele later netting an equaliser for PSG before the break.

Vitinha brought PSG back level on aggregate with an excellent long-range strike after the break and Kylian Mbappe then bagged a brace to send PSG into the final four of the Champions League.

How the game unfolded

PSG made the nightmare start in Catalonia. Barcelona took just 13 minutes to extend their aggregate lead and it was Raphinha, who bagged a brace at the Parc des Princes, bundling home Lamine Yamal’s near-post cross to put the hosts ahead on the night.

The visitors slowly wrestled control of the game after some extended pressure from the hosts, with Mbappe forcing a fine save out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen after 25 minutes. Barcola found his compatriot in the penalty area but Mbappe couldn’t find a leveller with his near-post drive.

Just four minutes later the tie was turned on its head. Barcola sprinted clear of the Barcelona defence after a fortuitous ricochet and was brought down just outside the box by Araujo, with the Uruguayan centre-back shown a straight red card for his last-man challenge.

A player up, it didn’t take long for PSG to reduce the deficit, with Dembele producing a vital equaliser against his former club five minutes before the break. Barcola was at the heart of things once again and swept a ball across the face of goal, with his fellow winger thrashing a powerful right-footed effort beyond Ter Stegen to level proceedings.

Dembele almost grabbed his second of the evening just moments before half-time, rolling a volley inches wide of Ter Stegen’s far post from a tight angle. Despite a perfect start, Barcelona were now very much living life on the edge.

Unsurprisingly given their man advantage, PSG were the dominant attacking force after the restart, and they managed to grab their second of the game just ten minutes after the break. Vitinha, who netted in the first leg as well, struck a venomous shot low into the bottom corner from 20 yards, with Ilkay Gundogan striking the post just a minute later at the other end.

Barcelona had capitulated after Araujo’s red card and their misery was compounded before the hour mark when Joao Cancelo’s late lunge on Dembele handed PSG a penalty. As expected, Mbappe converted his spot kick with little fuss to complete a remarkable turnaround for the visitors.

Barca hunted for a goal against the odds and almost grabbed it via Lewandowski, who stung Gianluigi Donnarumma’s palms with a strong effort from just outside the area. Raphinha looked as if he may grab his second five minutes later, but his wayward shot couldn’t test Donnarumma from close range.

PSG eventually put the tie to bed just a minute from time when Mbappe grabbed his second of the game after a swift break from the visitors. The Frenchman saw his initial effort stopped by Ter Stegen, but Jules Kounde’s poor clearance gave him the chance to end it once and for all.

SOURCE – Barcelona 1-4 PSG (4-6 Agg): Player ratings as Mbappe brace books semi-final spot (90min.com)