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Highlights and context of Barcelona’s result at Paris Saint-Germain

Apr 2, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

Under normal circumstances, a 2-2 draw on the road would be a great first leg result, but for Barcelona, that result may have cost them Lionel Messi. The man responsible for 59 goals (including the first in the highlights package, above) left at halftime today at the Parc de Princes.

His status for next Wednesday’s second leg is unknown. Defender Jordi Alba reportedly told people Messi will miss leg two, while others were reporting Messi was walking limp free after the match.

With only one week between legs, Barcelona needs an answer quick. Or at least they need to decide on a course of action quickly, because time is short. After losing 2-0 to Milan in the Round of 16, Barcelona had three weeks to internalize that predicament. They were able come to terms with their deficit and focus ahead of the return leg, but with one-third the time to center themselves this round, Barça need to prepare for a Messi-less world as soon as possible or not at all.

Then again, we shouldn’t be too quick to assume Paris Saint-Germain will be as strong next week. Again going be to the Milan tie, we saw an underdog perform to their peak at home before playing terribly on the road. With the score 2-2 (instead of 2-0), the pendulum does not have to swing as far for Barcelona to take out PSG, Messi or no.

Here are the highlights from today’s match at the Parc de Princes, where a wild final 15 minutes gave us three of the match’s four goals.

  1. dfstell - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I was really struck by PSG’s first goal. It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but it is amazing how Zlatan is the first guy to the ball – and came all the way from the other side of the goal to boot. I mean….Zlatan is a big man: 6’3″, 190-200 lbs. How is the world do all those little jitterbug players let the big dude be fastest to the ball?

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Because he was 5 yards offsides and they play an offside trap. Do you have no idea what you’re looking at or are you trolling?

  2. mianfr - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    That Blaise Matuidi goal (or, in my opinion, that Victor Valdez goal) really made things interesting, but overall I still can’t see how Barcelona doesn’t advance.

    PSG is really close, but they’re still lacking elite talent in enough areas to worry about their ability to take down Barca at Camp Nou.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      How can anyone blame a deflection goal on a goalkeeper? Absurd.

      • mianfr - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        It wasn’t an exceptionally difficult deflection to deal with if you had been positioned right at the beginning. Obviously it’s not a completely straightforward save, but Valdez really did not look prepared for a shot.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        You’re totally wrong. He was diving to save in the other direction and it took a deflection the opposite way. No keeper stops that shot.

  3. doublezero74 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Dfstell when your 3 yds offside getting to the ball is a lot easier to do

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Hit the reply button and you’ll save me some typing.

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