UCL: Messi’s efforts not enough as PSG sends Barca packing

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi did all he could, including scoring a goal and missing a penalty to ensure his team made it to the Champions League’s quarter-finals. Still, none of that was enough as French Champions, Paris St-Germain all but eased past the Spanish giants with an impressive 5-2 aggregate score.

Koeman’s side had arrived at the Parc des Princes hoping to become the first side to overturn a three-goal deficit from the first leg at home, and they did look like they could do some damage when Lionel Messi cancelled out Kylian Mbappe’ s opener with a 25-yard screamer.

The Catalonians continued with their spirited display and soon got a penalty which Messi failed to convert thanks to a Keylor Navas save just at the stroke of halftime. 

Barca did have an ample amount of chances to turn things around as they did against PSG in 2017, but a handful of wasteful finishing ensured they failed to reach the last eight of the competition for the first time in 14 years.

With Cristiano Ronaldo bowing out of the competition with Juventus the day before and Messi following suit, both players will not be in the champions league quarter-finals for the first time since 2004-2005. 

Liverpool 2 – 0 RB Leipzig ( 4 – 0 on aggregate) 

Liverpool beat RB Leipzig to reach the Champions League quarter-finals through second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

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