Barcelona battled their way through to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after a quarterfinal second leg draw against Paris Saint-Germain, having to come from a goal behind to seal a draw and progress on the away goals rule.
The 1-1 scoreline in the Nou Camp was enough for Barcelona to go through, having scored two away goals of their own in a 2-2 first leg draw.
With star forward Leo Messi on the bench for the Catalan side, there was a real lack of conviction and imagination in their attack during the first half, as they failed to register a single shot on target. The pairing of David Villa and Cesc Fabregas was particularly disappointing, with only Pedro and Andres Iniesta looking threatening.
PSG looked the more adventurous and more likely side to score, despite the home team dominating possession, and after halftime it was indeed the away team who opened the scoring. Javier Pastore played a neat one-two in the centre of the pitch and raced past the defence before clipping a fine finish past Victor Valdes, and for a time, it seemed as though the dream was well and truly on for the Ligue 1 leaders.
Barcelona immediately readied Messi and he came on just after the hour mark, and his run and through-pass eventually led to the equaliser.
Villa couldn't control the ball to give himself time to shoot, but as the ball came back out toward the edge of the area, Pedro Rodriguez lashed it into the far corner with his left foot to level matters up and net what turned out to be a priceless tie-winning goal.
PSG only needed one more to take themselves through, but they looked bereft of energy and ideas at that point and, aside from a tame header from a disappointing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Victor Valdes had nothing to worry about.
Barcelona goes marching into the last four with the hopes of completing a league and Champions League double still intact. They'll need to play better than this to progress further—but they'll also hope to have Messi back fighting fit by the time the semifinals start.
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