Champions League — 11 April 2013

Barcelona celebrate making it to the Champions League semi-finalsGerman champions Bayern Munich and Spanish champions-elect Barcelona are both through to the Champions League semi-finals, after last night’s quarter-final second leg clashes.

Barcelona scraped past PSG on away goals, drawing their second leg 1-1 at the Nou Camp.

The visitors looked the better side in the first half and were unlucky not to go in at the break leading.

Barca had the first meaningful attempt of the match though, as Xavi’s free-kick hit the side netting in just the second minute.

That was the best Barcelona had to offer in the first half as PSG controlled the first period. Brazilian international Lucas Moura was the main threat for the Parisians. Victor Valdes denied the Brazilian twice in the first half.

First Valdes denied Moura from a low drive and then from a header. PSG did finally take a deserved lead just after half-time. A counter-attack saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic find Argentinian ace Javier Pastore and the attacking midfielder chipped the ball over Victor Valdes superbly from an acute angle.

Lionel Messi’s arrival off the bench completely changed the game. Suddenly Barcelona looked more purposeful and equalised on 71 minutes. Lionel Messi pick up the ball fed it to David Villa in the area, who in turn teed-up Pedro and the Spanish international smashed an effort into the PSG goal.

PSG could not find a second goal in the end and Barcelona; mainly thanks to Messi’s introduction make it to the semi-finals.

Bayern Munich confirmed their place in the last four with a 2-0 win at Juventus, to progress 4-0 on aggregate. Bayern took the lead on 64 minutes, Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic scoring with a diving header.

The German side completed their victory in stoppage-time, Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro firing past Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal. Nobody will want to face the Germans in the semi-finals.

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