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Monday 26 September 2016

Luis Suarez on double for Barcelona as PSG put to sword in Paris

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the third goal for Barcelona
Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the third goal for Barcelona

Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals on last night as a goal from Neymar and a Luis Suarez double ended Paris St Germain's 33-game unbeaten run at home in Europe with a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes.

PSG, who were without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, suspended for one game after picking up a red card in the last-16 second leg at Chelsea, fell behind when Neymar netted from close range at the end of a quick counter attack in the 18th minute.

Suarez (pictured) doubled the tally in the 67th after slaloming through the PSG defence, who lost captain Thiago Silva to a hamstring injury after 21 minutes, and wrapped it up 11 minutes from time with a curling shot into the top corner.

Gregory van der Wiel reduced the deficit in the 82nd minute with an effort that deflected in off Jeremy Mathieu as PSG suffered their first loss at home in Europe since 2006 ahead of the return leg at the Nou Camp next Tuesday.

In the absence of the injured Thiago Motta and the suspended Marco Verratti, Yohan Cabaye and Adrien Rabiot were fielded alongside Blaise Matuidi in the PSG midfield and the trio's collective lack of Champions League experience showed.

After 18 minutes, the home side were 1-0 down and they had lost centre back Silva.

Lionel Messi almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute when his shot hit the post, but he was more accurate seven minutes later when he set up Neymar for the opener.

Rabiot lost the ball near the touchline to Sergio Busquets, who found Messi in midfield. The Argentine played Neymar through and the Brazil striker coolly finished from close range.

In the second half, Suarez danced past sub David Luiz and Marquinhos before poking the ball past Salvatore Sirigu to make it 2-0 to Barca. Suarez ran through the middle and curled a shot into the top corner, only for Van der Wiel to reduce the arrears three minutes later when his low shot was deflected into the net by Mathieu.

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