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Zlatan and PSG bow out of Europe

Published torsdag 11 april 2013 kl 10.43
Plenty to ponder for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG. Photo: AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Champions League dream is over for another season and it was his old club Barcelona and Lionel Messi who came back to haunt the Swede.

It had all started so well for Zlatan and his team Paris St-Germain as they scored the away goal they needed after the break with the Swede combining with Javier Pastore for the Argentinian to beat Valdés and give PSG a 1-0 lead (3-2 agg) with 40 minutes remaining of the quarter-final second leg at Camp Nou.

However, once again it was the world's best footballer Lionel Messi who came to the Catalans' rescue. The Argentinian, who was carrying a hamstring strain from the first leg, came off the bench to inspire his teammates. Just nine minutes after coming on, Messi was integral to Pedro's goal which levelled the tie and meant PSG and Zlatan would have to score again to have a hope of reaching the semi-finals.

Barcelona held out to go through on away goals and reach a record sixth successive Champions League semi-final.

The Champions League trophy still eludes Ibrahimovic, who had scored and set up a goal in the 2-2 draw in Paris and who last night created a number of chances for his teammates.

"It's disappointing, but at the same time we are happy that we have done well in two big matches against Barcelona. It is our first year in the Champions league, it is the first year for everything," the Swede told Viasat.

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