Champions League: Neymar Double Helps Brilliant Barcelona Down PSG

Barcelona beat Paris St Germain 2-0 to complete an emphatic 5-1 aggregate victory in Champions League Q/F second leg.

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Barcelona’s Neymar celebrates on the shoulders of teammate Dani Alves, after scoring his second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg match against Paris Saint Germain. (Photo: AP)

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League semi-finals for the seventh time in the last eight seasons by comfortably beating Paris St Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to complete an emphatic 5-1 aggregate victory.

The Nou Camp crowd were brought to their feet for Neymar’s first goal as midfielder Andres Iniesta ran from his own half, skipping past three challenges, before delivering a perfect pass for the Brazilian, who rounded keeper Salvatore Sirigu and slid the ball home after 14 minutes.

Champions League: Neymar Double Helps Brilliant Barcelona Down PSG

PSG offered little resistance as Barca swept the ball around midfield and the Catalan side went further in front when Neymar headed home a curling cross from fullback Dani Alves after 34 minutes.

Barca eased off in the second half and were happy to hold on for a victory that keeps them on course to repeat their treble success of 2009.

“We did the same that we did in Paris, we came out and played our game and scored the goals we needed,” Neymar said in an interview with Spanish television broadcaster TVE.

“I think we are on good form, in the Champions League, in La Liga, everything and hopefully we can continue the same way.”

PSG were without injured duo Thiago Motta and Thiago Silva but they did have former Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti back from suspension.

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