PSG end Barcelona’s Champions League hopes with stunning comeback

Quarter Final - Second Leg - FC Barcelona v Paris St Germain - Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain - April 16, 2024 Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe with teammates celebrate

Barcelona 1 Paris St-Germain 4 (4-6 agg)

It had to be Kylian Mbappé. Of course it did. He had been quiet; he had been jeered; he had been questioned; even accused of having ‘given up’ as he is joining Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

And here he was scoring the two goals that knocked Barcelona – their greatest, fiercest rivals - out of the Champions League to earn Paris Saint-Germain a place in the semi-finals.

At the end there was fury from the stands. Frustration boiled over at Barcelona’s collapse, their implosion, with water bottles thrown at Kylian Mbappé as he celebrated long and hard. And he gave it back. Vitriol was also aimed at PSG coach – and former Barcelona treble-winning coach – Luis Enrique who was goaded for his Real Madrid links having played for them as well as Barca.

“It was very difficult for me with my feelings playing against Barca,” Enrique said. It did not look like that.

It will be Mbappé in all-white in the next campaign with his future confirmed once PSG are sure they cannot face Real Madrid in this competition. That can only happen in the final at Wembley and only if Real prevail against Manchester City in Wednesday’s quarter-final. So we may hear sooner rather than later.

But, right now, Mbappé appears a man on a mission as PSG head towards a semi-final against Borussia Dortmund – who they faced in the group stages, of course, showing even more what tough a hand Newcastle United were dealt by the draw. Although PSG finished second they will be favourites to go through. Why? Because they have Mbappe. And he has 13 goals in 13 knock-out games. That is a big-game, elite mentality.

“Mbappé has been a proper leader,” Enrique said and the striker broke away as the players jumped around to hug the coach he has, sometimes, appeared to have had a tetchy relationship with.

But first they will celebrate this famous comeback. With his 41st and 42nd goals of the season (in just 42 games), including eight in the Champions League, Mbappé led PSG’s own version of the ‘remontada’ (the comeback). It was a huge slice of revenge following the traumatic humiliation they suffered in surrendering a 4-0 goal to lose the second leg 6-1 against Barcelona in 2017. The scars remain deep but there is finally some balm.

“You have to hope for the day that changes everything and today was the day,” declared Enrique, who was Barca’s coach for that tie.

This was not quite as dramatic a turnaround – although it was dramatic enough – and I was also there for that unforgettable game.  But Barcelona were 4-2 up on aggregate and in clear control before the comeback was aided by a sending off and the Spanish giants losing their heads with coach Xavi Hernandez also dismissed for kicking out at the scenery.

It had been hoped the Champions League exploits and a rally domestically might persuade Xavi to stay after he announced he was also leaving. But this appeared like a tipping point.

“It is a real shame. The referee ruined all of the work this season,” he complained. “I just told the referee that he’s been a disaster. It’s the reality.” The official was not.

And so it is a night that will live long in the memory for PSG. There have been 127 occasions when a team suffered a 3-2 home defeat in the first leg – only six times previously have they recovered. Now it is seven. And PSG achieved it against their old nemesis.

Barcelona only have themselves to blame after an evening which started with their own fans attacking their team bus – mistakenly believing it was PSG’s – before they ended up hurling the abuse and trudging angrily back down the hill from Montjuic into the city.

It will hurt them even more that the player who sparked the revival with a goal was their unpopular former striker Ousmane Dembele. He was whistled and jeered just like Mbappé but appeared – like Mbappé – to thrive on it. Dembele later tweeted: “4-1 ahahahah”.

Raphinha had put Barcelona ahead and it appeared the story would be about the exciting 16-year-old Lamine Yamal who had created that goal with his pace but, unfortunately, he was taken off as Xavi needed another defender following the dismissal of Roland Araujo.

The Uruguayan made the hand gesture of cheating as he eventually walked off but the red card was deserved for pulling back Bradley Barcola.

Barcelona will look for excuses but they failed to manage with 10-men as the outstanding Vitinha drew PSG level on aggregate with a powerful 25-yard shot and then Joao Cancelo rashly brought down Dembele – him again – with Mbappé calmly converting the penalty.

PSG have been here before. They have thrown away winning positions before – and not least with the ‘remontada’ – and while Barcelona pushed there was a chance. But PSG broke and Mbappé struck.

PSG stun Barcelona to reach semi-finals: as it happened

10:21 PM BST

This was quick

PSG centre-back’s social media team was quick off the mark:

10:11 PM BST

Kylian Mbappe leads the celebrations

PSG celebrate
It might be his last dance as a PSG player but he seems determined to go all the way to Wembley - REUTERS/Juan Medina

10:03 PM BST

Full time: Barca 1 PSG 4 (agg: 4-6)

PSG go through to play Dortmund, who won 4-2 on the night, in the first semi-final.

The game changed when Araujo was deservedly sent off. PSG’s spine – Marquinhos, Vitinha and Mbappe – were magnificent and Dembele showed his class. Barcola, too.

10:00 PM BST

90+6 min: Barca 1 PSG 4 (agg: 4-6)

Raphinha is booked for dissent. Fermin is booked for a foul in midfield. It’s the ninth yellow to go with the red for one player and two for Xavi and one of his assistants.

09:58 PM BST

90+3 min: Barca 1 PSG 4 (agg: 4-6)

Who knows whether Xavi keeping his cool would have made a difference? The players, to be fair to them, did not lose their heads and carried on creating chances for Lewandowski who has been unable to convert any across the 180+ minutes of this tie.

09:56 PM BST

90+1 min: Barca 1 PSG 4 (agg: 4-6)

Some supporters in floods of tears in the stands. PSG will treat this as their Remontada, seven years on from the 6-1 defeat.

09:51 PM BST


Barcelona 1 PSG 4 (Mbappe)  Raphinha bends a corner viciously in from the right and Donnarumma reacts late to slap it over for another. This one, from the other side, is rushed when they play the ball in having gone short and PSG pick it off and break. Barca are out of position and Mbappe hares through to shoot. Ter Stegen makes a fine save and then they block Asensio’s follow up but that falls kindly off a defender’s backside to Mbappe who buries it.

PSG lead 6-4 on aggregate. 

09:51 PM BST

88 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Terrific block from Marquinhos, in the shape of Clyne’s for Palace at Anfield on Sunday, bending his knee to keep out Lewandowski’s shot.  The ball cannons into his knees and out for a corner.

09:49 PM BST

87 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Inigo Martinez overhits a Hail Mary cross from the left and the ball sails out for a goal-kick.

09:48 PM BST

86 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Raphinha whips it in, Donnarumma comes out far too late and flaps but it didn’t matter because Marquinhos had nodded it off Lewandowski’s head and the latter was among those offside anyway.

09:47 PM BST

84 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

A couple of thrusts up the middle from Barcelona with Ferran Torres and Joao Felix chasing seemingly lost balls and Kounde joins them, their tenacity earning a free-kick on the right, 25 yards out.

09:46 PM BST

82 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Barça ring the changes, too:

Fermin ⇢ De Jong

Joao Felix ⇢ Cancelo.

09:44 PM BST

81 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

A fourth PSG change:

Ugarte ⇢ Zaire-Emery.

09:43 PM BST

80 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Cubarsi, who has been immense and mature despite the chaos around him after Araujo and Cancelo seemingly sabotaged Barca’s hopes, races over to his left to stop Vitinha running on to a long ball.

09:41 PM BST

78 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

A twitch on the thread from Raphinha who is fed down the left by Ferran Torres. He drives into the box then screeches a left-foot shot through the six yard box and past the far post. Took it a step too far which tightened the angle.

09:40 PM BST

76 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Double PSG change:

Lee Kang-in ⇢ Barcola

Asensio ⇢ Fabian Ruiz

09:37 PM BST

74 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Mbappe nearly gets in down the left but Ter Stegen gets out in the nick of time. Barca break and set up Lewandowski to hammer a worm-burner from 25 yards that looks bound for the bottom right but Donnarumma makes a smart save and Marquinhos races back to beat Raphinha and Ferran Torres to the rebound.

09:35 PM BST

71 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Barcelona still have Vitor Roque, their Brazil striker, and Joao Felix on the bench who might offer more pace than Lewandowski as PSG use their one man advantage shrewdly.

Tonight’s other quarter is another cracker, Dortnund currently 4-2 ahead, 5-4 on aggregate.

09:33 PM BST

69 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

They go short again but this time Lewandowski shakes a leg to close him down so he chips it into the box for Barcola who cannot direct his header past Ter Stegen.

09:31 PM BST

67 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

PSG corner on the right and it’s Dembele again who walks over to take it.

09:31 PM BST

65 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Some housekeeping to catch up on: Ferran Torres ⇢ Pedri.

09:28 PM BST

62 min: Barca 1 PSG 3 (agg: 4-5)

Breathless as Barcelona try to spark their fans out of despair. They earn themselves a corner that PSG repel and Raphinha knocks it back up to Gundogan who drives down the left of the box and goes down as two defenders converge on him. Hardly any contact, no penalty. Another Barcelona coach goes tonto and he becomes the third home red card of the evening.

09:23 PM BST


Barcelona 1 PSG 3 (Mbappe, pen) Agg: 4-5  Smashes it into the top left corner after a long delay while the ref lectured Ter Stegen about his jumping up and down on the line antics.

09:22 PM BST

PSG penalty

Cancelo needlessly slides into a tackle on Dembele as he was going away from goal and catches his foot.

09:22 PM BST

Red card for Xavi

For a Rumpelstiltskin act on the touchline, kicking some cushions around a TV camera station in a fit of pique.

09:21 PM BST

57 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-4)

Barcelona’s Cancelo and Gundogan fashion an immediate opportunity for Gundogan to make amends from 15 yards but he hooks his shot inches wide of the left post.

09:17 PM BST


Barcelona 2 PSG 2 (agg: 4-4) [Vitinha]  Dembele takes the corner short to the right angle of the box from the right. he feeds it inside to Vitinha who isn’t pressed by Lewandowski so he RSVPs the invitation to shoot by burying a right-foot effort from 22 yards and the right of the D into the bottom left corner.

09:16 PM BST

54 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

PSG corner on the right ...

09:16 PM BST

52 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Booking for Lewandowski for leading with a straight arm as he challenged for a header, clattering into Marquinhos. From the free-kick Mbappe and Vitinha try to thread short passes around and into the box, finding a path for Ruiz to shoot with his left from the right but, though he drags his shot past Ter Stegen, it bends away from the far post.

09:14 PM BST

50 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

From the corner a period of pinball ensues in the Barcelona box. Vitinha has a swing at a shot and Barcola makes contact but is thwarted by Ter Stegen again.

09:12 PM BST

49 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Marquinhos pushes up and knocks the ball to his right to Hakimi who cuts his laces across a 25-yarder that swerves, dips and kicks. Ter Stegen manages to cover it but it’s a very hairy moment.

09:10 PM BST

47 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Mbappe combines with Barcola and in a piece of skill and cheek Mbappe, running out of space, backheels the ball off the byline and into Kounde’s shin. It goes out for what should have been a corner but the ref gives Barcelona a goal-kick.

09:09 PM BST

46 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

It’s as you were. Barça’s 10 starters against PSG’s 11 as they kick off and take the ball up the left. PSG stand up to the run and win the ball back. Raphinha loses the ball and PSG attack up the left.

09:01 PM BST

Half-time verdict

The atmosphere inside the stadium switched with Ronald Araujo’s sending off. Barcelona believed they were into the semi-finals with Raphinha’s early goal but that has all changed as they are down to 10 men and with Ousmane Dembele’s equalising goal. It is as if there is a slow puncture around the stands. PSG will kick themselves if they do not now at least force extra-time while Barcelona fans do not look like they believe their team can hold on.

08:54 PM BST

Half-time: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Cracking first half. Yamal’s work in setting up the goal was a joy to watch and PSG, having survived a ropey few minutes thereafter, stiffened their sinews and fought their way back in by virtue of some dazzling wing play of their own from Barcola, first to reduce the opposition to 10 men and then to tee up Dembele to ram the Barça fans’ whistles back where the sun doesn’t shine.

08:52 PM BST

45+2 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Hell’s teeth. Dembele ghosts away from Cancelo again to meet Nuno Mendes’ cross from the left at the back post. He opens his foot to try a precise right-foot finish but the ball skims across the face of goal and out for a goalkick. A couple fewer degrees in the angle of his ankle and that might have gone in. He makes the universal mime for a close thing, thumb and forefinger half an inch apart as he emits a slow whistle.

08:49 PM BST

45 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

I beg Pedri’s pardon. He was caught on the hooter and has had to ram a swab up it to stop the bleeding.

08:48 PM BST

43 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Bradley Barcola is in down the left of the box again and hammers a half-volley across goal and out for a goal-kick. All it needed was a touch to divert it past Ter Stegen but he was the most advanced PSG player. I think it was a shot anyway.

The ref books Fabian Ruiz for tickling Pedri’s cheek with his hand. He barely brushed it.

Dembele scores
Dembele turns in the equaliser - REUTERS/Albert Gea

08:44 PM BST

41 min: Barca 1 PSG 1 (agg: 4-3)

Mbappe and the sub Martinez were booked for wrestling in the goal over the ball after Dembele stabbed it in. Mbappe, naturally, wanted a fast re-start.

08:41 PM BST


Barcelona 1 PSG 1 (Dembele)  Barcola feeds the ball inside to Vitinha who gives it back and he fizzes a Barnes-Wallis cross through the six yard box, arcing in to out and Dembele arrives at the back post to convert it with a crisp right-foot finish.

08:41 PM BST

37 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Fine tackle by Cancelo on the flying Dembele who was being supported by Hakimi. Marquinhos sweeps a diagonal out to Barcola.

08:38 PM BST

35 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Hakimi is penalised for a foul on Lewandowski and protests long and loud. It doesn’t change the ref’s mind. PSG win the ball back and start probing with Mbappe stationed wide left.

08:37 PM BST

33 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Araujo seems belatedly to have accepted the decision. At least he has stopped muttering away.

Araujo’s mistake means that’s the end of Yamal for tonight. Shame!

Inigo Martinez ⇢ Yamal. The centre-back joins Cubarsi and Barca go to 4-3-2.

08:34 PM BST

31 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Dembele takes the free-kick and gets it over the wall but can’t make it dip in time and it kisses the roof of the net.

08:33 PM BST

Red card check

Araujo puts his arm on Barcola as he ran towards the box and would have been through on the keeper. The foul started outside the box and the free-kick will be 19 yards out. Was he the last man?

Yes, VAR deems that the referee was right. He was on the wrong side of Barcola and put his arm across his shoulder to stop him and as Barcola cut across him his knee made contact with the forward’s thigh.

Red card upheld. Araujo goes off.

08:31 PM BST

26 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Terrific save from Ter Stegen low to his right after a good run from Barcola down the left found Mbappe who stabbed a shot towards the bottom corner. The Barcelona captain turned it behind and Kounde headed Mbappe’s header from the corner away.

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique tries to tweak the set-up after going one behind - Alberto Estevez/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

08:27 PM BST

24 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Mbappe drops deep to take the ball in midfield and slips it down the left for Barcola who lengthens his stride gracefully, dreads flowing behind him, to run towards the box where he can’t beat Kounde with the cross. Dembele takes the resulting corner and hooks it into the side-netting.

08:25 PM BST

22 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

PSG, who have had corners, need to sort their passing out from midfield. Cubarsi isn’t letting Dembele have a clear run at Joao Cancelo but the wingers has to find a way to isolate the play-making full-back.

08:24 PM BST

19 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

All Barça now on the front foot, first with Gundogan a couple of inches short of getting on the end of a slick move up the left then Raphinha sprinting down that wing to whip a low cross towards the former City captain. Nuno Mendes nips in ahead to boot it clear but only to Lewandowski who sets himself and rifles a riser over the bar from 15 yards or so.

08:20 PM BST

16 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Dembele is subjected to yet more whistling. It’s like a spiteful Roger Whittaker convention. (Ask your grand parents).

08:18 PM BST

14 min: Barca 1 PSG 0 (agg: 4-2)

Barcelona have had to weather a lot of PSG attacks but have answered it with the first show of genuine skill and youthful insouciance. Yamal just dropped his shoulder a la Matthews and then rinsed Nuno Mendes a la Boult. A thoroughly modern winger.

08:14 PM BST


Barcelona 1 PSG 0 (Raphinha)  Raphinha didn’t celebrate. as if he didn’t get the last touch, but he did. It was made by Yamal burning past Nuno Mendes down the Barcelona right before clipping a near-post cross. Raphinha ghosted in from the left, nipped ahead of the defender to knock it in, possibly with his shin.

08:13 PM BST

11 min: Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

Barca have barely had any possession in the opposition half. They’ve knocked the ball into it but it’s come straight back at them.

So far it is a competition between Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele - the former Barcelona forward - for which PSG player is being booed the loudest by the Barca fans. Dembele is winning that one.

08:11 PM BST

10 min: Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

Huge cheer when Dembele slips and falls on his tuchas. Tough crowd.

08:11 PM BST

8 min: Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

Lewnadowski wins the defensive header at the corner and knocks it upfield but Gundogan cannot hold possession and back come PSG down their left with Barcola taking on Yamal. Kounde comes across to make the tackle and knock it up to Lewandowski. But he cannot hang on to it and PSG start probing again. Mbappe is playing as a roaming centre-forward, popping up predominantly on the right.

08:08 PM BST

6 min: Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

Dembele is whistled loudly when he takes the ball down the right, the Barcelona fans still cheesed off with their former player who celebrated scoring against them last week. Joao Cancelo stays tight to Dembele at the price of a corner, the first of the match.

08:07 PM BST

4 min: Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

The referee has a word with Marquinhos but leaves it at that when he grabs Lewandowski round the throat and stops him beetling away on a counter-attack. Lewandowski looks keen to put in a proper shift as a forceful centre-forward holding the ball up for his runners.

08:05 PM BST

3 min: Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

Fabian Ruiz slips a pass from 35 yards out down the inside left channel, curling it, looking for Mbappe’s run but Cubarsi holds him off and lets the ball through to Ter Stegen.

08:03 PM BST

1 min Barca 0 PSG 0 (agg: 3-2)

PSG kick off and Nuno Mendes knocks it up the left. Kounde wins the header and PSG restart almost straightaway with a throw-in on halfway.

08:01 PM BST

Change the DJ

Just a few minutes to kick-off and the Barcelona team being read out – with Guns ’n’ Roses Sweet Child of Mine playing in the background. Not sure if that works. Well, I am sure. It doesn’t. Much better now as they sing ‘Cant del Barca’, the club’s anthem.

08:00 PM BST

Out come the teams

Marquinhos leads out PSG, Ter Stegen is at the head of the Barcelona line.

The Champions League anthem is whistled and jeered by the pro Super League Barça fans. Mes qu’un cartel.

PSG are in white with red and blue trim. Barcelona in red and blue.

07:50 PM BST

Indeed Marca is reporting …

… that Barcelona fans attacked their own team bus in error, thinking it was the PSG charabanc.

Barcelona fans
The fog of war - REUTERS/Albert Gea

07:47 PM BST

Lively reception

Paris Saint-Germain received a very hostile welcome from the Barcelona fans as their team coach pulled into the stadium. It was lively, to say the least. That may have been pretty hot but, first-world problems here, it is practically Baltic at the top of the stands. Having left my coat behind – it was a wonderful warm day in Barcelona – I fear frostbite if this goes to extra-time.

More importantly – apart from for my fingers – there is a feeling amongst PSG that they can do this. Not least because they reason Kylian Mbappé will surely have a far greater impact than in the first leg. The suspension of Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto and Andreas Christensen may also be key – especially Roberto – while Achraf Hakimi returns for PSG and is an important player for them. Still it would be a famous win for PSG if they can become only the seventh team to turn around a 3-2 home deficit (in the 128th attempt).

07:43 PM BST

The winners of tonight’s match

Play the winners of Dortmund v Atlético which starts at 1-2 at the Westfalenstadion tonight.

07:42 PM BST

Avenging Unai Emery’s darkest hour?

07:39 PM BST

Teenage rampage

Warren Zaire-Emery, PSG’s defensive midfielder who made his full debut for France last year, is 18 but he’s a veteran compared with Barça’s 17-year-old Spain international Pau Cubarsi and 16-year-old Lamine Yamal.

Lamine Yamal
Lamine Yamal is whipping up a storm on Barcelona's right at 16 - Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

07:30 PM BST

They’re big on this ‘Road to London’ stuff

Barcelona, as you will know, have won two of their five European Cups at Wembley – their first in 1992 and fifth in 2011, winning the others in Paris, Rome and Berlin.

PSG, of course, have never won it, coming closest four years ago in the horrid Covid final, won by Bayern.

07:04 PM BST

Your teams in black and white

Barcelona  Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Cubarsi, Joao Cancelo; Pedri, De Jong, Gundogan; Yamal, Lewandowski, Raphinha. 
Substitutes  Martinez, Torres, Pena, Joao Felix, Lopez, Alonso, Romeu, Vitor Roque, Astralaga, Casado, Guiu, Fort. 

PSG  Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Hernandez, Nuno Mendes; Zaire Emery, Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz; Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Barcola. 
Substitutes  Navas, Ugarte, Goncalo Ramos, Asensio, Danilo Pereira, Lee, Muani, Mukiele, Carlos Soler, Lucas Beraldo, Skriniar, Tenas.

Referee: Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

06:55 PM BST

PSG make three changes

In come Hakimi, Barcola and Zaire-Emery for Beraldo, Lee and Asensio.

06:51 PM BST

One change for Barca from last week

Pedri starts in place of the suspended Sergi Roberto:

06:47 PM BST

Xavi finds a way to get best out of Raphinha

by John Horstmann

Just three months ago, Barcelona had suffered three heavy defeats in the span of two weeks and conceded 16 goals in five games. A deep Champions League run seemed out of reach, given their poor form and often lacklustre performances.

Now, they have kept six clean sheets in their last eight matches and are one game away from reaching their first Champions League semi-final since 2015, and their first in the post-Lionel Messi era.

Xavi has made two changes that have been crucial to Barca re-igniting their season.

Pau Cubarsi was still 16 years old when he was handed his first La Liga start in January, but Xavi’s faith in the young centre-back has been key to Barca’s resurgence. In the 13 games he has started, Barca are undefeated, racking up 11 wins and two draws. He has continuously put in impressive defensive performances, even against elite attackers such as Victor Osimhen of Napoli. But the academy graduate has arguably been even better in possession, displaying composure beyond his years, and repeatedly showing off his outstanding passing range. His accurate long passing into Robert Lewandowski could be vital for Barcelona against PSG’s anticipated high press tonight.

Raphinha, who played on the right at Rennes, Leeds and his first 18 months at Barcelona, has been devastating on the left in recent weeks - FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

A second change that has made a difference is Xavi’s decision to deploy Raphinha on the left, in the wake of 16-year-old Lamine Yamal’s rise to prominence in his usual right-wing position. The former Leeds man has thrived on the left-hand-side in recent matches, not least at the Parc des Princes last week when he and Yamal combined for Barcelona’s opener. Raphinha offers the Catalans a much-needed runner behind the last line, whom the likes of Yamal, Frenkie de Jong and Ilkay Gundogan can look for. Tonight, the Brazilian will look to exploit the channel behind PSG’s right-back Achraf Hakimi, who tends to get forward, thus leaving space behind him.

06:38 PM BST

Good evening

By Ellen McLaughlin

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live, minute-by-minute coverage of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Barcelona and PSG.

Xavi’s side have one step already in the semi-finals following last Wednesday’s impressive display in the French capital.

They bring a narrow advantage into the second leg, having recorded a 3-2 victory.

Barcelona are now 13 games unbeaten in all competitions, recording 10 wins in the process since Xavi announced his decision to step down as manager at the end of the season.

The Catalan side lead the overall head-to-head against PSG, boasting five wins to the French outfit’s four, but the last knockout tie between the two sides came in the 2020-21 tournament, where PSG won 5-2 on aggregate in the round of 16.

Five-time winners are aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time in five years.

“We’re not a team that will sit on our lead, we want to take the ball off PSG and win the game,” said manager Xavi.

“It’s the Champions League and a game in which no one will be holding back.”

Meanwhile, PSG manager Luis Enrique believes his side are in a good position to overcome their first-leg deficit against Barcelona to reach the semi-finals.

“PSG have never come back to win after losing a first leg, but [Tuesday} is the day,” said Luis Enrique. “We have a very united group of players, in which there are no egos.”

The Spaniard discussed how tonight’s match might unfold tactically: “We want to to play our game, with pressure. We know Barcelona can use long balls and put us under pressure. It is up to us to come out and create chances.”

Kick off is at 8pm and we’ll have team news shortly.