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Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona: Champions League Quarterfinal 1st Leg Gallery

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalApril 3, 2013

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona: Champions League Quarterfinal 1st Leg Gallery

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    Blaise Matuidi's late goal salvaged a 2-2 draw for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona, keeping hope alive for the French league leaders in their Champions League quarterfinal.

    Lionel Messi had put Barca ahead in the first half, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised with 10 minutes of the game remaining.

    Xavi then scored from the penalty spot and looked to have won the 1st leg for Barca, only for Matuidi to capitalise on Ibrahimovic's knockdown and squeeze a deflected shot past Victor Valdes.

    Here are the best pictures from Parc des Princes to tell the story.

Beckham Starts

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    David Beckham's inclusion in PSG's starting lineup was the big team news.

    The 37-year-old came into central midfield for Carlo Ancelotti's team and lasted 71 minutes.

4'—Early Chance for Lavezzi

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    Barcelona started with a predictable bout of keep-ball, but the first big chance of the night fell to Ezequiel Lavezzi.

    The striker weaved his way into a shooting position, but his effort was deflected onto the post. 

38'—Messi Strikes

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    PSG had looked the more likely, but it was Barca who opened the scoring when Messi ran onto Dani Alves' fine pass and drove a low shot home. 

64'—Alexis Misses

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    Messi didn't appear for the second half. In his place came Cesc Fabregas, and Barcelona continued to push for a second.

    Two good chances fell to Alexis Sanchez—the second at the far post, which saw him fluff his lines.

76'—Valdes Denies Ibra

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    PSG almost pulled level in the 76th minute, and in controversial circumstances.

    Two Barca defenders went down after a clash of heads, playing Ibrahimovic onside. The referee played on and it took a good stop from Victor Valdes to deny Ibra after he was found in a good position.

79'—Zlatan Scores

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    More controversy, and this time Ibrahimovic didn't waste his role as the benefactor of a bad decision.

    Thiago Silva's header hit the post with Zlatan clearly in an offside position. The rebound fell at the Swede's feet and he made no mistake to sweep home against his former team. 

89'—Xavi Scores from the Penalty Spot

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    Just when it looked as though PSG might steal victory, Alexis Sanchez was felled by Salvatore Sirigu and Barca awarded a penalty.

    Captain Xavi stepped up and calmly slotted the ball to Sirigu's left, sending the PSG goalkeeper the wrong way. 

90+4'—Matuidi to the Rescue

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    PSG would have one last chance.

    Ibrahimovic's downward header invited a shot from Blaise Matuidi, and his deflected effort found a way past Victor Valdes.

    PSG were level at 2-2 and a fine night of entertainment had seen its closing act.

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