Angel Di Maria scores stunning free-kick, delights fans with Valentine's Day celebration

Feb 17, 2017, 00:41
Angel Di Maria scores stunning free-kick, delights fans with Valentine's Day celebration

The defeat is Barcelona's biggest since losing 7-0 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals in 2013 and they now appear likely to exit the Champions League before the quarter final stage for the first time in a decade.

It leaves Luis Enrique's side on the verge of failing to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2007, when they were beaten on away goals in the first knockout round by a Craig Bellamy inspired Liverpool team.

Long-suffering PSG players and fans, so often at the receiving end against the Spanish giants, still could not believe the scoreline when they woke up on Wednesday. Jordan Henderson was among those to defend the team at the time as he insisted that they were thanking the supporters rather than celebrating the result. His team didn't give any goal. "To win 4-0 against Barcelona on my birthday is incredible", Di Maria told beIN Sports.

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta all endured miserable nights while the likes of Draxler, Di Maria, Adrien Rabiot and Thomas Meunier were all superb.

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That triumph does, however, look more likely at least after PSG thumped Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani will garner most of the headlines for leading a PSG attack that overwhelmed Barca, especially in transition.

PSG have also never kept a clean sheet against Barcelona (nine games, all competitions).

Di Maria curled in his second and the home side's third 10 minutes after half-time before Cavani completed the rout with his 34th goal of the campaign in the 71st minute.

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Emery was brought to the French capital past year as the successor to Laurent Blanc in order to help take PSG to the next level in Europe after four consecutive quarter-final exits in the Champions League.

It should be a cracking game this as PSG will be aware that they need to go for it being at home. This came after PSG had already spurned a number of good chances.

PSG back Thomas Meunier said di Maria hated being on the bench and hailed di Maria's game against Bordeaux as "an Angel who has gone through a metamorphosis".

Even though I am now in a good project and I feel at home, any player would play for Barcelona.

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And in terms of keeping hold of Verratti, it seems a run in the Champions League could hold the key.

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