Football games come and go… but love was in the air in Paris tonight as the PSG fans showed their undying passion for a team that had just dismantled the great Barcelona.
Luis Enrique’s Catalans were favourites to lift the Champions League on most betting websites…but not now! Betting odds on Messi, Neymar and Suarez reaching the final have rocketed after PSG had the night of their lives.
PSG 4-0 Barcelona
This was one-way-traffic throughout the evening in a fantastic show by PSG. Birthday boy Angel di Maria curled home a brilliant free kick on 18 minutes giving Barca keeper Ter Stegen no chance; and then the outstanding Marco Verratti fed Julian Draxler who slotted home on 40 minutes to make it 2-0 as the loving Parc des Princes crowd hugged each other in delight.
In the second half Draxler continued to have joy down the left wing and then on 55 minutes, quite unbelievably for European football fans, Barca went 3-0 down, or PSG 3-0 up as Di Maria fired home his excellent second of the night. And then who else but Edinson Cavani got in on the act to make it 4-0 as Barca defended like schoolboys.
It’ll take one heck of a performance at the Camp Nou to save this one.
Benfica 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
The Estadio da Luz was rocking as Benfica drew first blood in what was always going to be a close encounter.
In a goalless first half the best chance fell to Dortmund’s prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the Germans’ dominance wasn’t rewarded, while for Benfica Salvio was a constant threat. His long throw missiles tested the Dortmund defence, which held firm until three minutes after half time when Golo Mitroglou stabbed home from a corner to send the home crowd wild.
Dortmund had a golden chance to draw level minutes later but a dreadful penalty miss by Aubameyang was a decent illustration to penalty takers why slamming the ball in the bottom corner is a better idea than plopping it up gently to the keeper in the middle of the goal!
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