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PSG
PSG
2 vs 2
Played
April 2, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ W. Stark‎
Attendance:‬ 45336‎
 
Lionel Messi 38′
90+4′ Blaise Matuidi
Xavi 89′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Barcelona

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Parc des Princes, where last-ditch drama at both ends of the field saw the match end in a heart-stopping draw.

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    46
    49
    2.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Very rash to hack down Alexis Sanchez inside the area late on to concede a penalty and nearly throw away the tie for his side. But thankfully for him, Blaise Matuidi was able to spare his blushes.

  • Thiago Silva
    204
    21
    4.00

    Thiago Silva

    The Brazilian’s stellar defending was a big reason that Lionel Messi was subdued for the vast majority of the first half. He never put a foot wrong, and read the game superbly throughout. After a performance like this, Barca must be ruing the day that they let his transfer slip from their grasps.

  • Alex
    73
    29
    3.00

    Alex

    The Brazilian was rather overshadowed by his exemplary compatriot Thiago Silva, but still went about his business professionally at the back, and acquitted himself well.

  • Maxwell
    95
    22
    4.00

    Maxwell

    The fullback rolled back the years with an energetic display in both halves of the field. Shut down the considerable threat of David Villa, and provided plenty of great moments pushing deep up the left flank to support his team's offensive efforts.

  • Christophe Jallet
    51
    28
    3.00

    Christophe Jallet

    Was a bit risky with a few of his challenges as he went in rather enthusiastically, but the defender still stuck to his task and fought hard to solidify his side of the field.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    100
    21
    3.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    The midfielder won the ball back more than once to spark his side forward on the break, but his greatest contribution was to come right at the end, as he steered home a potentially priceless equalizer.

  • Javier Pastore
    56
    46
    3.00

    Javier Pastore

    After an encouraging performance during the first half, the playmaker began to play within himself somewhat after the break, and seemed a tad reluctant to take risks with the ball.

  • Lucas
    106
    23
    2.50

    Lucas

    Ran down one too many blind alleys and could not channel his considerable pace into the counterattacking weapon that his team really could have used.

  • David Beckham
    162
    39
    3.00

    David Beckham

    Never ran around much, but the veteran Englishman was still a picture of cool in the center of the park, picking his passes well, and providing a decent threat from set pieces.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    64
    34
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    His ability to win free kicks was a key part of PSG’s first-half display. The Argentine nearly broke the deadlock in the opening five minutes with a shot from inside the box that hit the post. But he was markedly anonymous during the second half.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    196
    84
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    The big Swede was a very important outlet for his side to relieve the pressure, as his strength and vision enabled PSG to turn defense into attack quickly. Bundled home an admittedly offside equalizer in the 79th minute, before setting up another leveler for his side with a towering header.

Substitutions

  • Jérémy Menez
    40
    22
    2.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Never really got going, and was not successful with his dribbling.

  • Marco Verratti
    60
    15
    2.50

    Marco Verratti

    Kept the ball reasonably well in his spell on the pitch, but was not remarkable in any way.

  • Kevin Gameiro
    39
    22
    2.50

    Kevin Gameiro

    Had a decent half-chance on goal late on, but fluffed his lines.

  • Víctor Valdés
    68
    107
    3.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Some excellent saves in the first half kept his side in the game during a series of dangerous PSG attacks. Despite a gaffe for their equalizer at the death, the keeper can still take plenty of positives from this display.

  • Daniel Alves
    124
    49
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    The Brazilian fullback is known for racking up the assists, but his feed for Lionel Messi’s opener must surely take its place right at the top of his catalogue. He connected with the outside of his boot perfectly, and bent a beautiful pass right into the path of the Argentine.

  • Piqué
    55
    72
    2.50

    Piqué

    Looked suspect for a large portion of the first half defending against the pace and movement of the Ligue 1 side on the counter attack. One or two narrow offside calls saved his shoddy positioning from being fully exposed.

  • Jordi Alba
    56
    68
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    A little subdued in the first half, as he did not always find the space to stretch his legs and overlap down the left flank in his usual manner. Assumed more offensive positions in the second half, and was a more effective cog in attack.

  • Xavi
    96
    46
    3.50

    Xavi

    As ever, the midfielder was at the heart of another dominant display of possession from the Catalan outfit. He was not always able to be as incisive with his passing as he would have liked, but his accuracy and ability to keep play flowing was vital for his team. Kept his cool to bury a late penalty that made it 2-1.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    111
    41
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The diminutive attacking midfielder drifted in and around the front three, always making himself available for support or quick passing triangles. He made sure that Barca kept the ball well in the opposition half, and kept the opposition pinned back.

  • Javier Mascherano
    57
    68
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    The Argentine was more assured than his defensive partner Gerard Pique, as his superior anticipation and mobility allowed him to make a few important challenges inside and around his own penalty area.

  • Busquets
    42
    65
    3.00

    Busquets

    At times, he was slow to get back and protect his defense as PSG found a fair bit of joy moving forward on the break. He would have perhaps been better served sitting a little deeper to be better positioned to thwart the counterattack.

  • David Villa
    67
    83
    2.00

    David Villa Flop of the Match

    A rather frustrating outing for the forward, who was never really able to get into full flow and was mostly quiet throughout the game. Subbed in the second half.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    50
    88
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    The Chilean was largely underwhelming, with a poor piece of control to waste a glorious opening a particularly troubling moment. But to his credit, he never stopped trying, and was able to win the penalty that gave his side a brief lead.

  • Lionel Messi
    170
    83
    3.50

    Lionel Messi

    The Argentine in truth was rather ineffective for most his time on the pitch, which did not last beyond the interval as a hamstring injury signaled an early end to his evening. But despite all that, he still managed to leave his fingerprints all over proceedings with a clinical finish from an angle that put his side into the lead.

Substitutions

  • Bartra
    39
    46
    2.00

    Bartra

    Came on as a late replacement for Mascherano and may be forced to play a bigger role in the second leg with the Argentine suspended for card accumulation.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    43
    72
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Found the pickings to be rather slim after replacing Lionel Messi in the front three, as he never found himself with any great shooting opportunities.

  • Tello
    48
    48
    2.00

    Tello

    Came on in the 81st minute for Villa but did not factor into much.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2