Lionel Messi scored a spectacular goal but missed a penalty as Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after a 5-2 aggregate score defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16. They were held to 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes on the night. This is the first time since 2006-07 Barcelona have been knocked out from the UCL from the first knockout round after 13 consecutive quarter-final appearances. Messi has also now gone six seasons without winning the Champions League. He was trolled on Twitter for the penalty miss and another poor performance. PSG 1–1 Barcelona Goal Video Highlights: Lionel Messi-Led Barca Knocked Out of UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona needed to score four goals without conceding any to overturn a 1-4 deficit from the first leg to keep their hopes alive. But the La Liga side fell behind in the 30th minute when PSG were awarded a penalty for a Clement Lenglet foul on Leandro Paredes. Kylian Mbappe, who had become just the third player to score a hat-trick against Barcelona in the Champions League, stepped up and calmly converted to give PSG the lead.
But Barcelona restored parity just seven minutes later when Messi struck from 30 yards out. The Argentine received a pass from Pedri in midfield took two touches to set himself up and smashed into the top bin to equalise for Barcelona. Then at the brisk of half-time Barcelona were awarded a penalty of their own. Messi stepped up and smashed it hard through the middle but the shot was saved by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Messi was heavily trolled on Twitter for squandering an opportunity to give Barcelona the lead. Take a look at some top reactions.
Barcelona Squad When They Spot Lionel Messi in the Dressing Room
The Barcelona squad when they spot Messi in the dressing room after his disasterclass vs PSG: pic.twitter.com/1aoj6etVVJ
— C (@FirstBloodX_) March 11, 2021
Lionel Messi Trolled
I made Messi miss too pic.twitter.com/CqApUUVi3Q
— Akine (@washjuniorrr) March 11, 2021
Lionel Messi After Barcelona’s Champions League Exit
Dembele; we lost as a team
Messi: Who is we? You and who? Who are you? pic.twitter.com/ye5v5ZnGjc
— Ahmad? (@Ahmeerdh) March 11, 2021
Messi and Ronaldo Walking out of Champions League
CR7 and Messi walking out of the CL like…??? the goats have done their best. End of an era. Hats ? off✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/vG2K6ZdWsE
— Senior Pundit✍ (@MomodouLaminBa5) March 11, 2021
When Messi Hears About Champions League 2020-21
When Messi and Ronaldo hear UEFA 2021. ??? pic.twitter.com/STrp0c7WrJ
— Gitts (@GitobuSnr) March 11, 2021
Lionel Messi After Realising He Will Still Be Paid?
Messi after missing the penalty but knows he’s still going to get paid his 500k by weekend pic.twitter.com/52pDg2en0m
— Airnergy Musiq ? (@Telepanthy) March 11, 2021
Lionel Messi Knocked Out of UCL Last 16
— Elmoon Hasan (@HasanElmoon) March 11, 2021
His penalty miss at the end of the first half ended Barcelona’s hopes of making a famous comeback. They tried in the second-half but could not breach the PSG defence and eventually bowed out of the tournament.
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