Tonight, Paris Saint-Germain will travel to Camp Nou to face FC Barcelona in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. A shock that has become classic as the two teams have met in their history. This poster will mark their eleventh confrontation, the tenth in this competition. From the surprise elimination of Barça in 1995 to the famous blaugrana comeback, a look back at the five significant meetings between the two clubs.
Eliminate FC Barcelona in the Champions League? Paris Saint-Germain has already done it! You have to go back 26 years to relive this feat. In ten confrontations in the most prestigious of European competitions, this has only happened once, on March 15, 1995 at the Parc des Princes.
Quarter-final return, PSG receives Barça after snatching the draw in the first leg (1-1). Johan Cruyff’s men expect to hold the qualification after the opening scoring of Catalan captain Bakero in the 49th minute. But the Parisians, who have touched the amounts several times in the match, come back to the score thanks to Rai who was able to take advantage of an approximate exit from the Barcelona goalkeeper (72nd). A few minutes later, the French international, Vincent Guérin tries his luck on a strike from outside the area and releases the Park (83rd). The final whistle, Paris qualifies for the first time in its history in the semi-final of the Champions League. The club will be defeated by AC Milan at this stage of the competition.
Being eliminated from the competition without having lost either the first leg or the return leg is what unfortunately happened to Paris Saint-Germain this evening of April 10, 2013, in the quarter-finals. The Catalans had come to draw (2-2) at the Parc des Princes a few days earlier. The players of Carlo Ancelotti yet delivered a good performance in the return match but the goal of Javier Pastore, who started alone on an opening by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (50th) was not enough for the Parisians to bring down Messi and his team.
They nevertheless believed in the qualification since from the opening of the score by Pastore until the 70th minute, the club of the capital dominated the Catalan club. But that was before counting on the decisive entry into play of the “Pulga” (62nd), which allowed his teammates to free themselves. Twenty minutes before the final whistle, the Spanish striker Pedro equalizes with a strike from the left and puts an end to Parisian hopes. A good performance but no qualification, enough to feed regrets for PSG.
Quarter-final first leg of the European competition, PSG receives FC Barcelona at Parc des Princes. Clearly diminished by the absences of Ibrahimovic, Verratti and Motta, the Parisians could not do anything against Barcelona in great shape (3-1). It must be said that the meeting had started badly for the players of Laurent Blanc. After conceding a goal signed Messi (18th), they also lost their captain Thiago Silva out to injury in the 21st minute. The Brazilian was replaced by his compatriot David Luiz who lived a real nightmare.
Catalan striker Luis Suarez has shown all the colors to the Parisian defender. First on Barça’s second goal (67th) where he puts a nice little bridge before planting. As if one weren’t enough, Suarez doubled down as he once again humiliated the Brazilian with another small bridge. After this relentlessness, the “gunslinger” still found the way to the fielts (79th).
“As a goalscorer, I always want to score and the movements come naturally to me. I put two small bridges to David Luiz because I had to. There was nothing else I could do,” Suarez told the BBC following the meeting. Not sure that this sentence consoles David Luiz and his teammates who also lost in the second leg at Camp Nou with a score of 2-0.