Missed chances will haunt PSG in second-leg against Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits missed chances could come back to haunt his side following the 2-2 draw with Barcelona at Parc de Princes on Tuesday. The Swede striker hailed Paris Saint-Germain for a “fantastic game” against his former club.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a pivotal role in helping Paris Saint-Germain snatch a late draw against Barcelona. The 31-year-old scored the first goal for Paris Saint-Germain and then assisted with the second one.
With a week left in Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to Nou Camp, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes the Ligue 1 leaders can rattle the Catalans once again.
“I think we played a fantastic game,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic told Canal+. “We can have some regrets about a few chances in the first half before their goal, which could have changed the game, notably striking a post.
“Barca had one shot in the first half, and scored. Above all I'm happy that we kept on fighting. We're happy to have equalized as it would have been much tougher had we lost.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cause will be helped by the absence of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano. The Argentinean dup have been ruled out of the game next week because of a hamstring and knee injury.
First blood from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona reach the interval with a 1-0 lead, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic leveled the score with an offside goal in the 79th minute. Barcelona grabbed revenge through a contentious spot-kick, which came as a result of Alexis Sanchez diving in the penalty area. Xavi stepped up to convert it into a goal.
It appeared as if Barcelona were destined for victory, but fate had other plans. Blaise Matuidi leveled the scoreline moments before the final whistle was to be blown, thus bringing 2-2 to the scoreboard.
“Fifteen minutes before I scored, Ibra told me to get closer when a long ball was played up to him as something would come from it,” Blaise Matuidi said after the game. “That shows that great players even give good advice, as well as their talent. I can only thank him.”