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UCL: Di Maria strikes twice as PSG thrash Barca 4-0

UCL: Di Maria strikes twice as PSG thrash Barca 4-0

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Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League status is hanging by a thread after they were thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Angel Di Maria who was celebrating his 29th birthday curled home a fantastic free kick to give the hosts an 18th-minute lead, and five minutes before the break, they grabbed a deserved second, with Julian Draxler thudding home from the edge of the box.

Di Maria scored his second early in the second period, fizzing in a brilliant strike from distance. That was before Edinson Cavani completed the rout in the 72nd minute, capping off a miserable night for the visitors.

The result leaves the Catalan side with a mountain to climb in the reverse fixture on March 8th. No team have ever overturned a deficit of four or more goals to progress in the Champions league knockout stages.

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