PSG Stun Barcelona with 4-1 Comeback Victory in Champions League Quarterfinals

PSG stuns Barca 4-1 in Champions League quarterfinal, overcoming early deficit and red card to advance to semifinals. Mbappe stars with two goals, setting up clash with Dortmund.

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PSG Stun Barcelona with 4-1 Comeback Victory in Champions League Quarterfinals

PSG Stun Barcelona with 4-1 Comeback Victory in Champions League Quarterfinals

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) produced a stunning comeback to defeat Barcelona 4-1 in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie, winning 6-4 on aggregate. The match at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys was filled with drama and controversy.

Barcelona took an early lead through Raphinha in the 12th minute, but the momentum shifted when defender Ronald Araujo was sent off in the 29th minute for a foul on PSG's Bradley Barcola. This allowed PSG to equalize before halftime through Ousmane Dembele.

In the second half, PSG took control with goals from Vitinha in the 54th minute and a penalty from Kylian Mbappe. Barcelona's manager, Xavi Hernandez, was also sent off for protesting the referee's decisions. Despite Barcelona's late efforts, Mbappe scored a fourth goal to seal PSG's victory and progression to the semifinals.

Why this matters: The result is a huge slice of revenge for PSG, who suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Barcelona in 2017. It also puts Barcelona at risk of finishing the season without a trophy, as they currently trail Real Madrid by eight points in La Liga with seven matches remaining.

Xavi expressed disappointment and anger over the referee's performance, stating that the red card was the decisive factor in the match. "I think the referee's performance was a disaster," Xavi said. "The red card changed everything. We were better for most of the tie, but the red proved decisive."

PSG's victory sets up a semifinal clash with Borussia Dortmund, who also advanced after a comeback win against Atletico Madrid. Mbappe's two-goal performance was particularly notable, as he continues to be a key player for PSG amid uncertainty over his future with the club.

Key Takeaways

  • PSG staged a stunning 4-1 comeback win over Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinal.
  • Barca took an early lead but were reduced to 10 men after Araujo's red card.
  • Mbappe scored twice as PSG took control in the second half to win 6-4 on aggregate.
  • Barca manager Xavi criticized the referee's performance as the "decisive factor" in the match.
  • PSG's semifinal opponent will be Borussia Dortmund, who also advanced after a comeback win.