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1 vs 1
PSG
PSG
Played
April 10, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 96022‎
 
71′ Pedro
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Agg. 3-3)

Goal.com took in the action at Camp Nou, where Pedro's strike in the latter stages of the second half was enough to edge the Catalans over the finish line and into the semifinals

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    159
    34
    3.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Saved expertly from both Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the first half as PSG ran rings around his back four.

  • Daniel Alves
    92
    58
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Caught out of position for PSG’s first, which left him scrambling in vain to catch up with Javier Pastore. His forays forward sometimes left gaping holes down the right channel, which PSG were able to exploit regularly.

  • Piqué
    81
    70
    3.00

    Piqué

    Successfully harried Ezequiel Lavezzi off the ball during a dangerous run through on goal by the forward early on. Though there were one or two nervy moments, he generally stood his ground at the back.

  • Jordi Alba
    115
    50
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Not quite as negligible about his positioning as Dani Alves on the opposite flank, but the direct running of Lucas Moura down the right still gave him an almighty headache to deal with. His offensive contributions improved as the game went on.

  • Adriano
    68
    61
    2.50

    Adriano

    Drafted into a central defensive role alongside Gerard Pique, but perhaps inevitably, he looked far less assured than the Spaniard. His lack of height cost him a few aerial duels, and his positioning was suspect as well.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    61
    117
    2.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Once again, the former Arsenal captain did not look entirely comfortable with being shoe-horned into a false-nine role in the absence of Lionel Messi. He simply was not able to provide a penalty-box threat, and did not possess Messi’s ability to drive forward into such a position.

  • Xavi
    156
    34
    3.50

    Xavi

    Though the options in front of him may have been blunted when faced with shooting opportunities, the veteran midfielder was his usual consistent self, controlling the game from deep whenever Barca were on the ball.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    183
    27
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Really came alive in the second half, as he found more opportunities to wriggle in and out of traffic in the attacking third, causing havoc in the PSG defensive ranks.

  • Busquets
    65
    99
    2.00

    Busquets Flop of the Match

    Really struggled with the pace and synergy among PSG’s front four whenever they attacked, and could not offer his defence any meaningful protection. The French side found countless space in his zone of the pitch.

  • David Villa
    118
    45
    3.00

    David Villa

    Spain’s all-time top scorer looked decidedly off the pace for the second European game running. He spooned his best opening well over the bar, but kept his cool for one crucial second-half moment to lay off to Pedro for the equaliser.

  • Pedro
    164
    54
    4.00

    Pedro Top of the Match

    Hard working off the ball as always, but sometimes, there was little spark to match his industry. However that all changed with 19 minutes remaining, as he arrowed a superb low shot home from the edge of the box to drag his side into the last four.

Substitutions

  • Bartra
    115
    27
    3.00

    Bartra

    Solid at the back after coming on for the latter stages of the game.

  • Lionel Messi
    312
    48
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    He may not be at 100 per cent fitness, but the Argentine still stands head and shoulders above Barca's other attacking options. A storming run right through the spine of PSG helped to create Pedro's equaliser.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    47
    25
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Can take no accountability for Pedro's equaliser, but in truth, the Catalans did not manage to threaten him much otherwise.

  • Thiago Silva
    85
    21
    3.50

    Thiago Silva

    An authoritative showing from the Brazilian in the centre of defence, as he was first to virtually every ball, and refused to be fooled by the movement and deception on display from the likes of Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

  • Alex
    44
    30
    2.50

    Alex

    The former Chelsea man was not as reliable as compatriot Thiago Silva at the back, failing to get a tackle in on David Villa in the build-up to Barca's goal. But as usual, he offered a good target in the opposition area on set pieces.

  • Maxwell
    55
    20
    3.00

    Maxwell

    In certain instances, he was able to overlap on the flanks and put significant pressure on the Barca defence with his deliveries into the area. When the opportunity presented itself, he offered his side a real outlet down the left.

  • Christophe Jallet
    39
    30
    2.50

    Christophe Jallet

    He was beaten to the byline once by Villa in the first half, and after performing dependably for the best part of an hour, started to wobble once Lionel Messi stepped onto the pitch to lift Barca.

  • Marco Verratti
    61
    21
    3.00

    Marco Verratti

    Functioned with complete ease at the base of the French outfit’s midfield, dictating the tempo of their counter-attacking approach, and positioning himself well to defend when his side lost the ball.

  • Javier Pastore
    95
    19
    4.00

    Javier Pastore

    Very composed on the ball, and linked the midfield and attack splendidly. His orchestration was particularly evident when PSG were in full flow on the counter, as he combined with the front three on multiple occasions. And on one particularly sublime break, he latched onto a Zlatan Ibrahimovic feed to clip his side into the lead.

  • Thiago Motta
    41
    31
    2.50

    Thiago Motta

    With Marco Verratti occupying a more static role alongside him in midfield, the Brazilian was tasked with the brunt of the leg-work. Though he was not faulted for effort, sometimes, his tendency to race out of position left space in behind.

  • Lucas
    105
    15
    3.50

    Lucas

    His pace and athleticism was outstanding on the night, proving a real handful for the Barca defence time and again. His set pieces were also purposeful, and he could have gotten his name on the score-sheet with a far-post header that was saved.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    47
    47
    2.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Drove forward on and off the ball with plenty of conviction, but his finishing did not match the enterprise of his build-up. He fired over the bar from a great position at the top of the box, before poking right at Victor Valdes from point blank range.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    106
    47
    3.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The big Swede played the role of facilitator tonight, setting up Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi for excellent chances, before seeing his generosity rewarded by Javier Pastore, who scored from his feed.

Substitutions

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