Barcelona edge PSG in five-goal thriller in Paris


Raphinha grabs a brace

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

FC Barcelona have defeated PSG 3-2 in the first leg of their champions league quarter-final match in Paris, France taking a huge advantage home.

Raphinha was the hero of the match as he grabbed a brace in the encounter.

He opened the scoring in the 37th minute of the match as he fired the rebound inside the right post after the ball broke to him in the box.

PSG equalised three minutes after the break. Ousmane Dembele fired the rebound into the roof of the net after the ball broke to him in the box.

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PSG scored their second goal in the 51st minute of the match. Fabian Ruiz teed up Vitinha inside the box, and he kept his cool to find the bottom left corner.

Barcelona equalised in the 62nd minute of the match. Raphinha showed off his superb ability as he volleyed the ball from inside the box into the bottom left corner after an assist from Pedri.

Nine minutes later, Bradley Barcola wasted a chance to put PSG ahead. He gathered a short pass deep inside the box but took too long to shoot, allowing the defender to make the block.

Barcelona took the lead again in the 77th minute. Ilkay Gundogan, who took over corner duties, expertly found Andreas Christensen, who scored with a header that bounced up off the ground and went into the bottom right corner.

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