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Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Barca looking for miracle against PSG


"Three big wins have put them top of La Liga and even given them a faint hope of turning things around against PSG on Wednesday night".

That set up a nervy first half, with PSG hardly able to get out of their half of the pitch for most of the proceedings. "We will try and fight until the end, showing the qualities we have shown in our matches in the past few weeks". Just 10 minutes after the goal for Benfica, Dortmund had their chance to level the score.

Neymar was brought down in the box by Thomas Meunier, and Messi, who else, stepped up to hammer home the penalty, and his team's third goal.

Barcelona, however, are no ordinary team and if there is any side that can complete the monumental task, it is them.

A risky ball was looped back into the area in just the third minute, and Luis Suarez rose higher than visiting keeper Kevin Trapp to head over the line, desperate PSG defender's desperate attempts to hook clear.

However, the goal was all about one piece of skill from Iniesta.

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The winger first scored a free kick before a second penalty was awarded after Suarez was fouled. A tight race atop Ligue 1 has kept PSG in immaculate form for their Champions League run.

And use it they did. Most online tipsters, unsurprisingly, are backing Barcelona for the win but with outside odds of 21/5 for PSG to cause an upset, some might fancy the away side finally getting one over on the team which has been their proverbial "thorn in the side" for years.

Barca knocked PSG out at the quarter-final stage in both 2012-13 and 2014-15, but the reigning French champions have the upper hand this time and January signing Julian Draxler is confident of reaching the last eight for the fifth year in succession. After losing by the same scoreline in Munich, Bayern Munich went to Barcelona and recorded another clean sheet, ending with a 7-0 aggregate score in the 2013 semifinals. 50'), Neymar (88', pen.

The trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar may have failed to hit the heights of last season, but they have netted 76 goals between them in all competitions. But the question is can they stop PSG from scoring?

Barcelona have come back from two 3-0 defeats in their history.

The fact that the Gunners' best player, Alexis Sanchez, is clearly very unsettled following a training ground bust-up which saw him left out of the game against Liverpool only adds to the impression that the London club is anything but a happy camp at the moment, and it's very hard to imagine them making Bayern's life at all uncomfortable on Tuesday night.

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