PSG qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League by eliminating Barça after a round of 16 second leg where the Parisians have suffered as rarely in their European history, according to statistics.
Paris can breathe after its qualification for the quarter-finals. The large victory acquired in the first leg (1-4) did not prevent the Parisian players from trembling against a Barça team found and ultra domineering in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League. PSG held (1-1) but suffered as rarely in its European history, according to Opta statistics.
PSG suffered 9 shots on target in the first half against Barcelona, their highest half-time total in a Champions League game since Opta analyzed the competition (2003/04). That is to say for at least 20 years for the French club since its last participation in the C1 before 2003-2004 dates back to 2000-2001.
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The last team to have scored so much in the first 45 minutes of a Champions League match was … PSG against Red Star Belgrade in October 2018 (9). But Mauricio Pochettino’s men held on thanks to their goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but also to the lack of realism of the Catalans, Ousmane Dembélé in the lead. Paris suffered 2.63 Expected Goals (the probability of a goal being scored depending on the shooter’s location) against Barcelona on Wednesday, their worst total in a Champions League knockout phase since March 8, 2017 against… Barcelona (2.98 – 6 goals conceded).
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The French champion also left the ball to the opponent as rarely by posting only 27.9% of possession, his lowest percentage in a Champions League match since Opta analyzed the competition (2003/04, since 2000/2001 at least for Paris). It is also the lowest percentage for a team in a meeting since Atlético de Madrid against Liverpool on February 18, 2020 (27.4%).
The figures also give some reason to rejoice in the Parisians, qualified for the 7th time in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the 6th since 2012/13, more than any other French club. For the first time since 2016 against Chelsea (2-1 victories in the 8th round trip), Paris remained undefeated in the two matches of a round-trip confrontation in the Champions League. PSG have also scored at least one goal in each of their last 23 Champions League matches at the Parc des Princes (62 goals in total), the best series in their history in the competition.
Finally, honor to the hero of the evening to finish: Keylor Navas saved 2 of the 5 penalties he faced with Paris in the Champions League, after never having succeeded in his first 7 with Real Madrid (5 converts , 2 out of frame). He saved 9 shots tonight, his 2nd best total in a game in the competition behind his 10 saves against Real Madrid in November 2019.