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Champions League: Antoine Griezmann, Gerard Pique praise Barcelona after exit at the hands of PSG
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Antoine Griezmann and Gerard Pique praised Barcelona’s character after they went down fighting during their Champions League exit at the hands of PSG.

Trailing 4-1 after a one-sided first leg at the Nou Camp, Barca produced a spirited display in the return leg this evening to draw 1-1.

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Lionel Messi’s stunning equaliser gave the visitors hope of getting back in the tie after Kylian Mbappe put PSG ahead with a controversial penalty.

But PSG held firm and benefited from a missed penalty from Messi to keep Barcelona at bay and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Griezmann, reacting to Barca’s Champions League exit, said: ‘It’s a real shame, I’d say there were four clear-cut opportunities plus the penalty.

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‘If you don’t put them away, it’s harder later in the game. Nevertheless, It was a completely different contest to the first leg.

‘In the end, it wasn’t to be but we gave it everything we had. It’s also true that Keylor had a great game for them tonight – congratulations to him.

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‘It’s time to keep our heads up and feel confidence because of how we played. We need to keep improving for the season to come.

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‘We are hacked off because we were desperate to go through. I don’t think we deserved to go out this early but next year we’ll try to win this competition.’

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Barcelona legend Pique added: ‘What a fantastic match. To play that well deserves huge merit after the first-leg result.

‘I’m proud of my team and my team-mates. There’s lots left to compete for this season and we’ll continue to do so until the end.’

 

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