Di Maria's brace helps PSG outplay Barca 4-0 in Champions League

Posted February 17, 2017

They did everything well, in attack, defence, pressing, they played with character and brought the ball out from the back well. "It was fabulous", said midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

They are now staring at a first exit from the competition before the quarter-finals in a decade, unless they can pull off a miraculous escape in the second leg at the Camp Nou next month.

Kluivert also added on Barcelona, "Messi, Suarez and Neymar are not robots they are people just like you and me and they can not perform every game".

Angel Di Maria, a former Real Madrid winger, scored twice in PSG's rout, which didn't surprise 30-year-old Ramos.

PSG pressured Barcelona throughout the opening minutes but only made it pay from the set piece, when Di Maria lined up a 20-yard free kick and blasted it through the Barcelona wall.

A night to remember: Angel Di Maria.

Domestic dominance wasn't enough to save Laurent Blanc his job at the end of last season as the owners exhausted of European failure with Sevilla's three-time winning Europa League coach Unai Emery put in place.

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Rafinha has been declared fit for the tie, while Gerard Pique returns to the squad having been rested for their 6-0 win at Alaves.

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Speaking to TV3 after the game, the Barca coach said to reporter Jordi Grau: "I don't like your tone and I would have liked the same treatment all the times we have won that I am getting tonight when we haven't".

The French champions have beaten Barcelona in the recent past, claiming a 3-2 win in the group stage in September 2014. Di Maria was the true star of the game, with his two incendiary goals.

It will also be the first time since 2006/07 season that Barcelona will knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16. I agree that Dortmund is a strong opponent and that they had the best of this game.

This is the seventh time Barcelona have faced PSG since 2013. It was a disastrous night for us in which we were clearly inferior. The second leg will be played at Signal Iduna Park on March 8, as Dortmund look to strike back.