Barcelona Eliminated from Champions League as PSG Advances to Semifinals

Barcelona's Champions League exit sends Atletico Madrid to the 2025 Club World Cup, while PSG's comeback over 10-man Barca keeps their Champions League dream alive, with Mbappé eyeing glory before his departure.

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Barcelona Eliminated from Champions League as PSG Advances to Semifinals

Barcelona Eliminated from Champions League as PSG Advances to Semifinals

Barcelona's Champions League drought continued as they were knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the quarterfinals. PSG came from behind to win the second leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou, securing a 6-4 aggregate victory.

Raphinha had given Barcelona an early lead, but the match turned in PSG's favor after Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo was sent off in the 29th minute for a foul on PSG's Bradley Barcola. With the man advantage, PSG took control and scored four unanswered goals.

Ousmane Dembélé equalized for PSG before halftime, and Vitinha put them ahead early in the second half. Kylian Mbappé then scored twice, including a penalty, to seal the victory for the French champions.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández was also sent off for complaining about the red card to Araujo, which he described as a "disaster" that "killed the tie". Xavi said he would have liked to play the match "11 against 11 every minute" and that the expulsion was "unnecessary".

Why this matters: Barcelona's elimination is a major disappointment for the club and La Liga, as they have now failed to reach the Champions League semifinals for three consecutive seasons. The result also secures Atletico Madrid's spot in the inaugural 32-team Club World Cup in the United States next year, despite their own elimination from the Champions League.

PSG's victory exorcises the ghost of their humiliating collapse against Barcelona in 2017 and keeps alive their dream of winning the Champions League trophy for the first time. They will now face Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals. Mbappé, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season, expressed his desire to win the Champions League with Paris before his departure.

Key Takeaways

  • Barcelona eliminated from Champions League by PSG in quarterfinals, 6-4 on aggregate.
  • Araujo's red card in 29th min turned the match in PSG's favor, Xavi criticized the decision.
  • Mbappé scored twice as PSG came from behind to win 4-1 in the second leg.
  • Barcelona's Champions League semifinal drought extends to 3 seasons, Atletico Madrid qualifies for Club World Cup.
  • PSG's victory exorcises 2017 collapse, keeps alive their quest for first Champions League title.