Miracle of Paris stays out of Barça

A new Champions League wonder was not on Wednesday night for FC Barcelona. Ronald Koemans team was much stronger than Paris Saint-Germain, but jumped too carelessly with the chances of getting a new remontada: 1-1.
Koeman surprised at the Parc des Princes by putting Frenkie de Jong in the back in a 3-4-3 formation. On the right wing, Sergiño Dest was supposed to take care of the danger. And that was also the danger: Barcelona overranked PSG, but forgot to express the predominance in the score.
Ousmane Dembélé got four chances at a goal in the first half, but the French wing attacker forgot to reward himself. And Dest was not lucky either: the old Ajacied broke through on the right side and hit the bottom of the bar with a hard shot.
At the first best option of PSG, it was immediately hit. Mauro Icardi was kicked in by Clément Lenglet, and that was punished by referee Anthony Taylor with a penalty. Kylian Mbappé, already good for a hat trick in the outbound race, unpacked the present.

GOAL! Who else but Kylian Mbappé puts PSG on the head start! ⚡ #veronicainside #UCL #PSGBAR pic.twitter.com/vb8Zrs6wla
— Veronica Inside (@veronicainside) March 10, 2021

After an early intervention by Koeman, who suffered Óscar Mingueza for Junior Firpo, Barcelona reached the same level. Lionel Messi decided to give it a try on his own, aiming his devastating instep kick in the top corner behind PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Lionel Messis equalizer: AND HOW! 😱🔥 #veronicainside #UCL #PSGBAR pic.twitter.com/MHWSNmhepe
— Veronica Inside (@veronicainside) March 10, 2021

Barça needed three more goals to enforce an extension, but did not come close to that anymore. Breaking point was Messis miss just before rest. The Argentine failed from 11 meters after Antoine Griezmann had decorated the penalty.

MISSED! Messi leaves the chance of the 1-2! ❌ #veronicainside #UCL #PSGBAR pic.twitter.com/ctpdrtzrkz
— Veronica Inside (@veronicainside) March 10, 2021

In the second half, the Barcelona mission proved to be unsuccessful, even though the Catalans still had some opportunities against the tight PSG defence. The Paris superpower continues to the Champions League quarterfinals, Barça can focus on La Liga and the Copa del Rey final.