Manager Tito Vilanova's men held down the Camp Nou as Barcelona moved on to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night. With a 3-3 aggregate scoreline, Barça moved on via away goals. Barcelona became the first club to reach the European Cup semifinals in six consecutive years.
Xavi nearly got the scoring started in the second minute as his free kick just went left of the net. Lucas Moura took a good shot at Victor Valdes in the 13th minute, but Valdes was at the right place to make the stop.
Ezequiel Lavezzi had a golden opportunity in the 24th minutes as he we inside the box with Valdes, but he held his ground and made the huge save. Moura had another great shot in the 28th minute as Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the cross to the Brazilian, who headed the ball toward the net, but Valdes again made the timely save.
Valdes saved FC Barcelona for the night. He needs to be convinced to stay at Barça.
In the second half, Javier Pastore scored in the 50th minute, using his left foot and putting it past Valdes for the 1-0 lead. Once again, the shaky Barça defense gave up a counterattack goal.
Lionel Messi came on in the 62nd minute, as Barça were looking for the goal. Marc Bartra came on as well as he replaced an injured Adriano.
Pedro tied the game in the 71st minute. Messi threaded it to David Villa, who then gave it to Pedro, and the Canarian put it high and right, past the outstretched arms of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, for the equalizer. Tremendous shot by Pedrito, and great setup by Leo and el guaje as well.
It was a mad scramble until the end, but Barcelona were able to hold on and moved on to semis.
FINAL: FC Barcelona 1 - 1 PSG. (AGG: 3 - 3)* *FCB advance on away goals.
Let's take a look at my takeaways and other topics "From The Mind of Xoel" as FC Barcelona moves on to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.