Champions League semi-finalists: Barcelona

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Barcelona knocked out big spenders PSG last week to secure a place in the semi-final of the Champions League on away goals after a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish sides campaign started with a hard fought victory over Russian side Spartak Moscow after falling behind, Lionel Messi stepped up with two goals to ensure the Catalan side began their quest for their fifth Champions League trophy with all three points. Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas grabbed a goal each to help Barcelona secure a 2-0 victory over Benfica.

Barcelona continued their brilliant form in the Champions League, securing a 2-1 victory over Celtic courtesy of a late winner in the 94th minute by left back Jordi Alba. Barca were beaten 2-1 in the fourth game of the group stages in Celtic despite a late goal from Lionel Messi.

The Catalans bounced back like champions with a flawless 3-0 victory over Spartak Moscow thanks to a brace for Lionel Messi and a goal from Dani Alves in Russia. The victory meant Barcelona finished the group top. Barcelona last match in the group ended in a 0-0 draw against Benfica despite some good chances for both side

In the last 16, Barcelona faced Italian giants Milan for a place in the quarter-finals. A controversial goal by Boateng in the 57th minute put the Italian side in the lead and with nine minutes left, fellow Ghanaian international Muntari scored to double Milan’s advantage. 

A magnificent Barcelona secured a 4-0 victory at the Camp Nou thanks to a two goal cameo from Lionel Messi, another by David Villa and an added time goal by Jordi Alba.

Barcelona’s reward for overcoming Milan was a tie against PSG. The first leg ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw thanks to goals form Lionel Messi and Xavi for Barcelona and Ibrahimovic and Matuidi for the French side. 

They started the second leg as huge favourites but the team ridiculed with injuries produced a stunning comeback to draw 1-1 courtesy of a Pedro strike after Pastore had given the French side the lead at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona missed out on a place in last season's Champions League final after a heroic performance by Chelsea in the semi-finals. They will be hoping that this season's second highest top scorer Lionel Messi can inspire them all the way to the final like he has done on numerous occasions. The Catalan side are extra motivated to take Abidal and Tito back to Wembley.


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