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PSG 2-3 Barcelona: Score, results, highlight as Raphinha scores twice to edge Kylian Mbappe and company

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The first legs of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals came to a thrilling finish on Wednesday with eight goals across two games as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid carry slender leads into the second leg.

Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in a back-and-forth game at the Parc des Princes, while Atleti took an early lead against Dortmund before beating them 2-1. Both sides will no doubt be proud of their first-leg showings but will be at a disadvantage for next week's second legs -- Barcelona's Sergi Roberto and Atleti's Samuel Lino will be suspended for those games.

Wednesday's results

  • Paris Saint-Germain 2, Barcelona 3
  • Atletico Madrid 2, Borussia Dortmund 1

Golazo Network analysis

Five-goal thriller in Paris

Attacking was the name of the game at the Parc des Princes, where PSG and Barcelona combined for 30-plus shots and five goals. Barcelona struck first in the 37th minute courtesy of Raphinha, entering the break up 1-0 before an exciting second-half showing from both teams.

PSG nabbed their equalizer in the 48th minute through Ousmane Dembele, who scored on his former club and then took the lead in the 50th minute courtesy of Vitinha. Barcelona, though, made their way back into the game when Raphinha completed his brace in the 62nd minute and Andreas Christensen scored off a corner in the 77th minute.

The result marks the latest sign of life from Barcelona, who may have a summer of change awaiting them but showed up in a big way on Wednesday as Xavi nears the end of his time as the manager.

Atleti score early

The first goal of Wednesday's Champions League action came courtesy of Rodrigo De Paul, who took advantage of Dortmund's shaky backline to give Atleti an early lead. Lino was able to double the lead in the 32nd minute, another opportunity that came from a defensive mistake from Dortmund.

Atleti seemed poised to cruise to victory but Sebastian Haller scored for Dortmund in the 81st minute, breathing new life into his team's chances ahead of next week's second leg.

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Final scores

Paris Saint-Germain 2, Barcelona 3

  • 37' Raphinha scores to break the deadlock in an end-to-end matchup
  • 48' Dembele scores a stunner to equalize
  • 50' Vitinha gives PSG a 2-1 lead
  • 62' Raphina scores his second off a volley
  • 77' Christensen restores Barcelona's lead off a corner

Atletico Madrid 2, Borussia Dortmund 1

  • 4' De Paul pounces on an unstable Dortmund back line to open the scoring
  • 32' Lino scores a second in another weak moment for Dortmund's defense
  • 81' Haller scores from close range, giving Dortmund hope in this tie
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Dortmund on the board

81' Haller pulls one back for Dortmund after scoring with bodies on him, giving Dortmund some life in this tie with a few minutes left to go in the first leg.

 
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A third for Barcelona

77' Barcelona take the lead again, this time from a corner! Gundogan takes the corner and after a small deflection from Zaire-Emery, Christensen is able to get a light touch on the ball and send it into the back of the net.

 
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Demelbe close

75' Vitinha sets up Dembele for what is sure to be another goal for PSG, but his strike rolls just wide of the net. No one's taking their foot off the gas just yet!

 
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Barcelona equalize

62' Raphinha does it again, this time making the score 2-2! Barcelona pounce on a bad clearance from Donnarumma, which results in Pedri playing a stellar ball just a minute after coming on and setting up Raphina to hit it on the volley. We officially have another dramatic day of Champions League action.

 
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PSG raise the roof

What an opening five minutes or so of the second half this has been from the hosts! Luis Enrique's Parisiens have come out with renewed purpose and those Dembele and Vitinha goals have turned things around completely. Parc des Princes is rocking after a wobbly moment in the first half. These Champions League quarterfinals keep raining goals!

 
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PSG go ahead

50' And just like that, it's two for PSG! This time, it's Vitinha who takes an impressively slick strike from close range to give his side the lead.

 
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Dembele with the equalizer

48' PSG are off to a quick start in this second half and already have their equalizer just four minutes after the break, courtesy of an outstanding strike for Dembele against his former team. It's even in Paris now.

 
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Back for the second half 

PSG make a change for the second 45 -- Barcola is on for Asensio as they chase an equalizer.

 
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High intensity in Paris

45'+2 PSG have been searching for an equalizer since Raphina's strike but despite dominating possession, they have not taken a shot since the 28th minute, Barcelona, meanwhile, muster the best chance since the goal but Yamal is unable to turn it into a goal just before halftime.

 
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Barcelona on the board

37' Barcelona strike first in this high-stakes encounter, with Lewandowski and Yamal setting things up so Raphinha is able to stellarly finish off the opportunity from close range.

 
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A second for Atleti

32' Atleti take advantage of a vulnerable Dortmund team yet again, this time developing some quick buildup play that sets up Lino for a finish inside the penalty area. It's an important contribution for Lino, who was booked five minutes earlier and will miss the second leg, but may help ensure that his side will be in good shape when they head to Germany.

 
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Back-and-forth in Paris

30' Things are much more even now at the Parc des Princes, with both sides now posting at least six shots each. The latest comes from PSG's Lee, who forces ter Stegan to make a save. We might not have goals yet, but it's fair to say that this one is fairly entertaining in its own right for the time being.

 
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Cleared off the line!

20' PSG's dominance gives way for a Barcelona chance, when Lewandowski gets close to scoring off a header but Mendes is there for a goal line clearance. Yamal hits the rebound but it comes off the post.

 
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PSG dominate early

13' The hosts are very much in charge of this one at the start, with Asencio and Lee already forcing saves out of ter Stegen as PSG have more than 60% possession. Barcelona have yet to take a shot and have been stuck absorbing PSG's pressure, which they've done successfully so far but it does not feel like a sustainable strategy for them.

 
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Atleti score first

4' De Paul scores the first goal of the day as Atleti's press takes advantage of Dortmund's unstable attempt to play it out of the back.

 
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And we're underway

Play has officially begun in Paris and Madrid, and the hope is that after yesterday's action, something fun awaits in both of these matches.

 
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The big occasion

PSG fans rarely miss an opportunity to make some noise -- lots of it -- and this is no exception. Wonderful pre-game tifo from the Parisien faithful who are hoping for a memorable European night at a raucous Parc des Princes.

 
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The Barcelona way

Three of the managers in the Champions League quarterfinals learned their trade at Barcelona, where the club is developing a reputation for promising coaching talent that matches the academy prospects. Ex-Barcelona star Thierry Henry breaks down the way Barcelona teaches players and managers the game, a method in which style comes first -- and joy is paramount.

 
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Eyes on Dembele

Mbappe may steal the spotlight, but he's not the only player who's coming in hot in terms of narrative at the Parc des Princes. Jonathan Johnson notes that Dembele is one of several players that could cause Barcelona trouble, and might just be eager to prove a point against his former club.

  • Johnson: "The next major threat is an extremely familiar face in Dembele who only swapped Barcelona for Paris last summer and is already making himself at home in the French capital providing Mbappe with much of his ammunition. Although the France international is still lacking the finished product on occasions -- which will surprise none of his former teammates and staff -- he is absolutely capable of turning it on for the biggest games and this certainly qualifies. Coming up against former clubs can often be motivating and that seems likely to be the case for Dembele who had a generally mixed relationship with Barca before his exit."
 
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Griezmann, Morata up top

Atleti are going with Griezmann and Morata in attack once again, while Fullkrug does the same for Dortmund. Take a peek at both teams' starters below.

Atleti starting XI: Oblak, Azpilicueta, Witsel, Gimenez, Molina, Llorente, Koke, De Paul, Lion, Griezmann, Morata

Dortmund starting XI: Kobel, Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Maatsen, Sabitzer, Can, Sancho, Nmecha, Adeyemi, Fullkrug

 
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Mbappe starts, Zaire-Emery on the bench

To no one's surprise, Mbappe is in the lineup again for PSG, as is former Barcelona player Dembele while teen sensation Zaire-Emery starts on the bench. Lewandowski, meanwhile, leads the line for Barcelona. Here's a look at both teams' lineups.

PSG starting XI: Donnarumma, Marquinhos, Hernandez, Beraldo, Mendes, Lee, Vitinha, Ruiz, Dembele, Asensio, Mbappe

Barcelona starting XI: ter Stegen, Kounde, Araujo, Cubarsi, Cancelo, Roberto, de Jong, Gundogan, Yamal, Lewandowski, Raphinha

 
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Mbappe in the spotlight

The headlining act of today's action is PSG's clash with Barcelona, a tie that has historically served as a showcase for some of the game's top goalscorers. Today will be no exception, especially since Mbappe has four goals in this matchup and is behind only Messi and Neymar in this category.

 
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Hello and welcome!

The Champions League quarterfinals resume in just a few short hours and if they deliver even a fraction of what we saw yesterday, we might be in good shape. Stick around for buildup to today's big games and then live updates once they kick off.

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