Paris Saint-Germain have taken a huge step towards qualifying for the next round with an emphatic 4-0 win over Barcelona.
It was one of those nights when nothing went according to the plan for the Spanish giants. Birthday boy Angel Di Maria was the star of the night with two world-class goals while Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani were also on the score-sheet as the French champions took an unassailable 4-0 lead.
After dominating the early proceedings, Cavani came close to scoring before Di Maria hit the first goal in the 18th minute with a brilliant free-kick. Nine minutes later, Neymar made a brilliant pass to Andre Gomes but Kevin Trapp did well to deny him. The home team then deservedly doubled their lead after Messi gave up possession to Adrien Rabiot in mid-field before Julian Draxler found the back of the net from a Marco Veratti pass.
The story-line did not change after the break too as Unai Emery’s men dominated the game throughout. They took only 10 minutes to extend their lead when Di Maria curled in a sublime left-footed effort into the corner. Barcelona’s disastrous night was then capped off by Edinson Cavani’s goal 19 minutes from time.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the one-sided game at Parc des Princes:
Barca have been Barca'd by #PSG !
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 14, 2017
For all PSG's brilliance tonight, I've never seen Barça play as poorly. And I've never seen Messi play as badly. Ever.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 14, 2017
— Andreas Karlsson (@AndKarlsson) February 14, 2017
— Akin (@Akinsmallz) February 15, 2017
Lionel Messi vs PSG:
— Filipe Orlando 🌏 (@MrFilipeOrlando) February 15, 2017
— jeremy blain (@learntheplanet) February 15, 2017
PSG don't need to turn up to Barcelona. Forfeit the second leg, lose 3-0, and go through on aggregate.
— TeamBeqa 🇦🇱 (@TeamBeqa) February 14, 2017
Paris St. Germain 4 -Barcelona 0
One each for Messi, Neymar and Suarez to EAT, and One for the rest of the team to digest.
— Anindo Chaki (@ANINDOCHAKI) February 15, 2017
Just woke up to see Barcelona got absolutely smashed? Even our man John Obi managed to score an away goal in PSG ffs! DEAD!
— George Benson (@MrGeorgeBenson) February 15, 2017
Seems like the people who had Barcelona as their Valentine ended the day with a broken heart. 😂😭
— . (@PlQUECHU) February 15, 2017
My thoughts are with the entire people of Barcelona after a 4.0 earthquake hit the Catalan club, Neymar, Messi and Suarez still missing
— Kash Kashmeil (@Kashmeil) February 14, 2017
So my dads rubbing it in my face that Barca lost to PSG 4-0 today and my little brother goes "Barca lost to a gas company?"
— Sarahtonin (@Scunhz) February 15, 2017