June 24, 2021

‘If Messi had scored that penalty’ – Nigerians react to Barcelona’s Champions League elimination at PSG

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The Spanish giants are out of the elite European competition after failing to bounce back from the first-leg defeat in Camp Nou

Many football enthusiasts in Nigeria believe the outcome of Barcelona’s Uefa Champions League round of 16 second leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain might have changed if Lionel Messi had scored his first-half penalty.

Both teams settled for a 1-1 draw in Paris on Wednesday which secured passage for the French club to advance following a 4-1 victory in the first-leg.

Shortly after he cancelled Mbappe’s opener with a lovely strike from outside the box in the 37th minute, Messi stepped forward to take Barca’s penalty on the stroke of half-time but his effort was denied by Keylor Navas’ save.

The missed chance got fans disappointed as Ronald Koeman’s men crashed out of the knockout stage with a 5-2 aggregate loss.

Ousmane Dembele was particularly singled out for his poor finishing as Barcelona failed to advance into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since the 2006-07 season.