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Barcelona ease past Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League second leg

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A first half double from Neymar helped to confirm Barcelona's place in the semi-finals. With the Catalan club already 3-1 ahead on aggregate there didn`t seem to be much hope for a improving PSG side. The Spanish side just proved too good over two legs for the French side and will be looking forward to the next round and the potential of reaching yet another European final. 

There never seemed to be any danger of PSG coming back into the tie with the side struggling to test the Barcelona defence. The match was one to remember for manager Luis Enrique as it marked his 50th game in charge.

Tempo

Andres Iniesta ran the midfield from the off and controlled the tempo and spear headed many of the opening Barcelona attacks. It came as no surprise when Barcelona with Iniesta providing a piece of magic to inspire the goal. The little Spanish playmaker picked the ball up deep in his own half and glided past two players before finding Neymar with a perfectly weighted through pass. The Brazilian then went past Salvatore Sirigu in the PSG goal and finished into a empty net.

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PSG did have the ball in the back of the net but Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his goal ruled out for offside after 17 minutes. The decision was the correct one and led to more dominance from Barcelona and was seemngly one of few chances for the PSG side. 

Goals

Dani Alves was another player who stood out with his constant running down the right side of the pitch and he was involved in the second goal. The Brazilian right back found fellow countryman Neymar with a cross into the box after clever movement got him away from David Luiz and he cooly finished with his left foot. 

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PSG had a good tempo in the second half but they needed four goals to get themselves through the tie. After Marco Veratti had a chance to pull a goal back the tempo slowed as PSG seemed happy to consolidate and avoid a thrashing. Cavani pulled a shot into the side netting with 10 minutes left and Lucas Moura was brought off the bench to try and add some pace to the game but the Barcelona defence held strong and were able to keep a clean sheet and ease into the semi- finals.

It will be interesting to see who Barcelona are drawn with in the Semi-Finals with a potential clash against Former manager and Catalan hero Pep Guardiolas Bayern Munich side a potential option for the Spanish side. 

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