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Top five best Champions League matches

FC Barcelona and PSG have faced each other 12 times in the Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is arguably the biggest competition in club football. Many exciting and tough fixtures are played in this competition since the best teams in the world play here. One of the best fixtures over the years has been FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint Germain. The Catalans and Paris Saint Germain have had many fierce battles between them. FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain have faced each other 12 times in the UEFA Champions League.

Since FC Barcelona have drawn Paris Saint Germain again in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2023-24, let’s take a look at the top five clashes between FC Barcelona and PSG.

5. PSG 4 – 1 FC Barcelona (UCL Round of 16, 2020-21)

The French club got the better of FC Barcelona in the UCL in the 2020-21 season with Mbappe leading the helm.

FC Barcelona were struggling in the 2020-21 season but had an advantage since PSG’s Neymar Jr and Di Maria were injured in both legs. Despite this, Kylian Mbappe put in one of his best performances ever scoring a hat-trick at Camp Nou. Mbappe’s heroics inspired PSG to hold off FC Barcelona in the second leg as they qualified further in the 2020/2021 UCL campaign.

4. PSG 1-3 FC Barcelona (UCL Quarter-finals first leg, 2014-15)

The 2014-15 season was an amazing season for FC Barcelona as they won the treble. FC Barcelona faced PSG in an away match in the first leg of the quarter-finals.

Neymar Jr scored a goal and Luis Suarez scored a brace as FC Barcelona won 3-1 in the first leg of the 2014-15 UCL quarter-finals. Luis Suarez scored one of the best goals of his career as he nutmegged David Luis in a one-on-one clash and then smashed the ball into the top corner.

3. FC Barcelona 2-0 PSG (UCL Quarter-finals second leg, 2014-15 )

The match was done especially considering the result in the first leg of the quarter-finals. This was one of the first ever matches where PSG started to realise the importance and attacking threat of Neymar Jr. Eventually after years and years of Neymar Jr putting in solid performances against PSG, the French club bought him from FC Barcelona.

The Brazilian scored a brace in the second leg of the 2014-15 quarter-finals as FC Barcelona won 5-1 on aggregate.

2. PSG 4-0 FC Barcelona (UCL Round of 16 first leg, 2016-17)

The 2016-17 FC Barcelona squad was a strong side with the infamous “MSN” trio leading the attack. However, Paris Saint Germain were relentless as they dominated and beat FC Barcelona 4-0. Barcelona had more of the possession but failed to make much use of it as they had only one shot out of ten shots on target.

Angel Di Maria scored a brace whereas Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani scored a goal each. PSG led by manager Unai Emery were all but set to qualify for the quarter-finals as they humiliated and dominated a strong FC Barcelona side.

1. FC Barcelona 6-1 PSG (UCL Round of 16 second leg, 2016-17)

One of the greatest if not the greatest comeback ever in the history of football. Widely known as ” La Remontada”, FC Barcelona were trailing 4-0 after the first leg of the Round of 16 clash vs PSG. Despite the horrid first-leg performance, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique believed in his side and stated” If they can score four goals, we can score six.”

The home support was enormous as Camp Nou was filled and FC Barcelona rattled PSG at the beginning of the match itself. Luis Suarez grabbed an early goal in the third minute and later on Andres Iniesta dribbled past various PSG defenders and forced a mistake which led to an own goal. The first half ended 2-0 after which FC Barcelona started to believe, Neymar Jr ran the match as he put in an unforgettable performance. The Brazilian won a penalty and scored two late goals out of which one was an astounding free-kick in the 88th minute. Eventually, FC Barcelona tied 5-5 with PSG because of Cavani’s away goal in the 62nd minute. Neymar Jr eventually completed the Remontada as he assisted Sergi Roberto’s winner in the 95th minute to end the match with a 6-5 win on aggregate.

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