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Dani Alves: Draw still a good result for Barcelona

The Brazilian was positive over the outcome of Tuesday's encounter at the Parc des Princes, but has rued the loss of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano through injury.

Dani Alves has voiced his satisfaction with Barcelona's 2-2 Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain, even though he has admitted the club was hoping for a victory after going 2-1 up late in the second half.

The Blaugrana had to settle for a draw in the first leg of the quarterfinal tie following Blaise Matuidi's stoppage time equalizer, but the Brazilian fullback remained upbeat after the game.

"The way the game unfolded, we could have hoped for a better result. This is still a good result for us, though, especially as we were playing away from home," Alves told UEFA.com. "At this stage of the competition, all the teams are very strong, so we were expecting a tough game. PSG have top quality players and they showed that."

The Brazil international then went on to discuss the injuries Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano picked up against PSG, and stated the Argentine duo will be sorely missed.

"That's the one negative," he said. "Both Leo and Javier are playing very good football at the moment and they're very important to us. I hope that Messi's injury isn't too serious and he can play in the second leg at Camp Nou. But if that's not possible we have to count on other players and try to get through to the next stage."

Mascherano will be out of action for up to six weeks with a knee problem, while Messi's length of absence with a hamstring problem is yet to be determined.


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