Barcelona Successful In Paris

A brace from Luis Suarez helped Barcelona defeat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League quarter-final in Paris on Wednesday.  The home side had an early chance to take the lead with a well worked play through Blaise Matuidi and Javier Pastore however the Argentine was unable to make good contact with the ball.  Almost immediately the Spanish outfit came close through Lionel Messi whose shot just clipped the outside of the post as a chance went begging.

Messi and company looked the most likely to score despite some early pressure from the hosts and they eventually did in the 18th minute when the PSG defence went to sleep and allowed Neymar some space in their box and the Brazilian made no mistake beating Salvatore Sirigu.  The French side had another great opportunity close to half-time from Edison Cavani who found himself in some space in the Barca box but the striker was denied by Javier Mascherano as the Spaniards went into the break with a 1-0 lead.  After the break Luis Enrique’s men doubled their lead through Suarez who blitzed through the Parisian defense and slotted home his first goal of the night.

Laurent Blanc’s charges looked to respond immediately when Cavani fired from the edge of the box but was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.  The home side found themselves in a difficult position which became even worse with a little over ten minutes to go when Suarez danced into the PSG box and fired home his second, and his side’s third, on the night to put the men from the Catalans in firm control.

However a few minutes later the home crowd were given something to shout about when Gregory Van Der Wiel’s deflected shot beat ter Stegen to give them a life line in this two leg tie.  Despite that late consolation the Spanish outfit ran out 3-1 winners to take a step closer to making their seventh semi-final.