Football Features

Full player ratings as “Ice Man” Navas negates Barcelona in Paris with 1-1 draw sending PSG into Champions League quarter-finals

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:22, 10 March 2021

In a night of intense footballing action, PSG survived a Barcelona onslaught to draw 1-1 and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Blaugrana dominated the game but just didn’t have their shooting boots on.

Here’s how the players rated at Parc des Princes:

PSG

Keylor Navas – 9 – Impeccable. Stepped out to claim crosses, made countless saves – including from Messi’s penalty. Barcelona hit the target 10 times but Keylor Navas was equal to every single thing Barcelona could throw at him. With all the PSG players getting on under the collar, Navas the “Ice Man” kept his cool to freeze Barcelona’s comeback in its tracks.

Alessandro Florenzi – 7 – Wasn’t really tested.

Marquinhos – 8 – Very impressive at the heart of defence (when Dembélé wasn’t running at him). A colossal block on Messi on the hour that stopped a goal. A game-high 8 clearances.

Presnel Kimpembe – 7 – A solid performance at the back.

Layvin Kurzawa – 3 – Couldn’t handle Sergino Dest. Couldn’t handle Ousmane Dembélé. Basically couldn’t handle anyone. Got rinsed time and again, gave away a penalty and got subbed off at half-time.

Leandro Paredes – 7 – Couldn’t get control of the game like he did in the Camp Nou but put in a massive shift defensively with team-highs for tackles (5) and interceptions (6). Has really come into his own as a PSG player.

Idrissa Gana Gueye – 5 – Ran around a lot but to little effect as the game passed him by. Subbed off.

Marco Verratti – 6 – Played some nice passes and got stuck in as usual (a joint-team-high 5 tackles) but ultimately a spectator as Barcelona dominated midfield and the match.

Julian Draxler – 5 – Couldn’t get into the game.

Kylian Mbappé – 7 – Was mostly poor as he never got the better of Oscar Mingueza or Junior Firpo. However he dispatched his penalty with unerring confidence to all but kill the tie. Became the youngest ever player to score 25 Champions League goals. Kylmonger ascends to the throne, screaming “is this your king?!” over the eliminated shirt of Leo Messi.

Mauro Icardi – 6 – Won a penalty but otherwise didn’t do too much.

Substitutes:

Abdou Diallo (for Kurzawa 46′) – 8 – Immediately added some defensive solidity on the left-flank, shutting down Barcelona’s main avenue of ingress. Made a joint team-high 5 tackles.

Angel Di Maria (for Draxler 60′) – 6 – Had one nice dribble where he calmed everything down. Didn’t do much otherwise.

Danilo (for Gana 60′) – 6 – Worked hard.

Colin Dagba (for Florenzi 77′) – 6 – Covered well.

Rafael (for Verratti 84′) – n/a – Came on late.


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Barcelona

Marc-André Ter Stegen – 5 – Had precious little to do. Helpless on the penalty.

Oscar Mingueza – 7 – Defended Mbappé well for 20 mins but had to take a booking to cover for a Busquets error and diced with a second yellow to the extent that Ronald Koeman took him off to ensure he didn’t get sent off.

Frenkie De Jong – 8 – Simply magnificent. Organised the defensive line like a seasoned veteran, and was always ready to step in and shut down Kylian Mbappé if he escaped his markers. He was also supreme at bringing the ball out from the back too.

Clement Lenglet – 4 – Gave the ball away within 34 seconds. Conceded the penalty. Wasn’t even good with the ball. Just poor.

Sergino Dest- 7 – Very bright. Night and day from the first leg where he wasn’t fit. Always looking to take his man on. Forced a great save from Navas.

Sergio Busquets – 8 – Excellent with the ball as he was relieved of his defensive duties. Constantly drove it forward into good areas.

Pedri – 8 – Absolutely incredible. The best midfielder on the park at just 18 years of age (his excellence confirmed by Mbappé asking for his shirt post-match). Dominated defensively (no one won possession more than him), drifted between the Parisian lines and nearly always picked the right pass. Such an incredibly special player.

Jordi Alba – 8 – Very good performance on the left. Worked hard to help defensively but was primarily a creative outlet with 4 chances created. Some really impressive crosses and passes.

Antoine Griezmann – 4 – Defended well, sure, but besides one pass for Dembélé he did nothing in attack (winning the penalty was a lucky break). An absolute shambles of a forward. €120m for the gallic Dirk Kuyt is not the deal Barcelona signed up for.

Ousmane Dembélé – 5 – Incredible movement all night long, using his pace and skill to rip the PSG defenders to pieces. In almost every phase of play he was unstoppable; except the most important one: finishing. The Frenchman had four shots, three on target, and yet none of them looked like they were going to go in, just gently rolling to Navas’ arms. Played so well in general, but absolutely should have won Barcelona the game and tie. From a 9 to a 5. It’s rough out there.

Leo Messi – 7 – Mesmeric with the ball at his feet. Driving through walls of PSG defenders, Used the ball so intelligently and pulled Barcelona level with an absolute howitzer of a strike from range. But, he missed a crucial penalty just before half-time that could have turned the tie in Barcelona’s favour (albeit it should have been retaken due to encroachment). If this was his last Champions League match for Barcelona he went out in a truly baffling manner, playing superbly, scoring a sensational goal to remind everyone of his genius… but missing the crucial penalty. As always, Messi defies description.

Substitutes:

Junior Firpo (for Mingueza 35′) – 8 – Put Kylian Mbappé in his back pocket and didn’t let him out until stoppage time. An incredible defensive display from a player who was signed for his offensive capabilities.

Francisco Trincao (for Dest 66′) – 6 – Had a couple of nice dribbles but wasn’t forceful enough.

Ilaix Moriba (for Sergio Busquets 79′) – 6 – Played some nice forward passes.

Miralem Pjanic (for Pedri 79′) – n/a – Came on late.

Martin Braithwaite (for Dembélé 79′) – n/a – Came on late.