LIVE: PSG vs Barcelona – could lightning strike twice? Lionel Messi and Co faced with repeating heroics from four years ago in overturning huge first-leg deficit to reach Champions League last eight
- PSG come into the tie with a 4-1 advantage following an emphatic away win
- It comes four years after Barca pulled off a huge comeback to knock PSG out
- Lionel Messi and Co will have it all to do if they are to reach the quarter-finals
- Latest Champions League news, including fixtures and results
Barcelona will have to produce another comeback for the ages against PSG tonight if they are to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, with the Catalan giants currently trailing Mauricio Pochettino’s 4-1 on aggregate.
Four years ago, the tie affectionately known by Barca fans as ‘La Remontada’ saw Lionel Messi and Co overturn a similar 4-0 first-leg deficit to win 6-1 in the second leg at the Nou Camp, with Sergi Roberto scoring a last-gasp winner to emphatically send the club through.
Now, without Neymar on their side and a goal-hungry Kylian Mbappe ready for more, Ronald Koeman’s side will need to score four without reply if they are to repeat their heroics once again.
Follow Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy for all the live coverage of this Champions League clash including all the build-up to the last-16.
With injured Neymar missing tonight’s clash with Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, the two friends, who starred in THAT epic comeback four years ago, may never share the Champions League stage again
PETE JENSON: It was four years ago on Monday that Neymar and Lionel Messi shared one of the greatest nights of their careers.
They both played their part – Neymar for once in the lead role – as Barcelona beat Paris Saint Germain 6-1 to overturn a first-leg 4-0 drubbing.
Since then their friendship has endured, albeit in diluted form because they are no longer at the same club. But there will be no on-pitch reunion on Wednesday night and it’s starting to look as if they might never share the Champions League stage again – not as rivals and much less as team-mates.
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With Ronaldo’s spectacular exit last night and Messi facing the same fate in Paris, are the days of football’s dominant duo finally over?
As Cristiano Ronaldo trudged off the pitch in Turin on Tuesday night, having been at least partly at fault for the goal which sent Juventus crashing out of the Champions League, it felt like a significant moment.
How many more opportunities will one of the game’s all-time greats get to win another European crown? And in a team whose domestic dominance has disappeared this season, what chance does he actually have of winning it?
Ronaldo is contracted to the Italian giants until the end of next season and should line up for Andrea Pirlo, or his successor, when the group stages of the competition begin again in September.
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Lionel Messi will need to be at his very best if he and his Barcelona team-mates are going to pull off a miraculous result in the French capital. He has the French duo Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele beside him in attack for this one.
Barcelona starting XI: ter Stegen, Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Gonzalez, Griezmann, Messi, Dembele
Subs: Pjanic, Braithwaite, Puig, Neto, Trincao, Matheus Fernandes, Umtiti, Firpo, Pena, Moriba, de la Fuente
Kylian Mbappe starts for the hosts while Mauricio Pochettino leaves fellow Argentine Angel di Maria on the bench.
PSG starting XI: Navas, Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Gueye, Paredes, Verratti, Draxler, Icardi, Mbappe
Subs: Kehrer, Di Maria, Rafinha, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Rico, Sarabia, Ander Herrera, Diallo, Bakker, Dagba, Pembele, Michut
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Tonight’s second leg at the Parc des Princes sees PSG look to convert their dominant 4-1 first leg win but the French giants will be having nightmares over their almighty collapse against the same opponents from four years ago.
This isn’t quite the same Barcelona side, though. While they still have Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are no longer wearing Catalan colours and it’s been an underwhelming campaign so far.
Ronald Koeman’s side are on the brink of being dumped out before the quarters, but can lightning really strike twice?
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