PSG vs Barca: Mbappe, Paris silenced as Raphinha hands Xavi's men crucial advantage

PSG vs Barca: Mbappe, Paris silenced as Raphinha hands Xavi's men crucial advantage

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 21:58 - 10.04.2024

Raphinha scored twice as Barcelona defeated PSG 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg at the Parc des Princes.

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Barcelona steal first-leg advantage against PSG

Barca flew out of the gates, looking like the more threatening side inside the first 25 minutes.

Their adventurous start was rewarded after Lamine Yamal – who became the youngest ever UCL quarter-final participant with his appearance tonight – saw his cross fumbled by Donnarumma, leaving Raphinha to blast into the open net.

It was a tepid first-half performance from PSG, with danger man Kylian Mbappé kept quiet thanks in part to an imperious display from the 17-year-old Pau Cubarsí.

The home side roared to life in the second half.

First, Ousmane Dembele took advantage of Ronald Araújo’s poor clearance to thunder into the roof of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s net, before Fabián Ruiz deftly slipped through Vitinha, who slotted into the far corner from close range.

Bradley Barcola rattled the bar as PSG continued in that vein, but they were soon pegged back themselves. Almost immediately after his introduction, Pedri played a brilliant pass over to Raphinha, who notched his second with a delicate outside-of-the-boot finish.

Andreas Christensen rose to meet İlkay Gundoğan’s corner and direct his header past Donnarumma, salvaging victory for Xavi's men.