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Live Blog: FC Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) fans cheer during the French Cup football match between Niort and PSG on March 1, 2017 at the Rene Gaillard Stadium in Niort, western France. / AFP PHOTO / XAVIER LEOTY (Photo credit should read XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/Getty Images)
Live Blog: FC Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain

The Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain is the setting for our Live Blog on the Stoppage Time. Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain Football Club come into their second leg of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 with Luis Enrique’s Football Club Barcelona with the intention or getting a positive result. Paris eked out a 1-0 shutout win at home to AS Nancy Lorraine on an 80th minute penalty from Edinson Cavani and will need a more convincing display on Wednesday, March 8. FC Barcelona are coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo in La Liga and will need a margin of this stature minimum to advance to the next round of the UEFA Champions League.

“We’re happy to have picked up the three points, it was a difficult match,” said Emery. “[Nancy] defended very deep. We had work a lot to break them down, we created a lot of chances. We deserved to score and win, we were able to stay solid when we needed to and our work paid off. You can see that we’re continuing to improve and it was important to bounce back at home after the result against Toulouse.”

“It’s always an advantage to play at home because we have our fans behind us,” said PSG defender Serge Aurier. “The most difficult thing is to score against a team that shuts down space and defends a lot. We almost got caught, but we were patient, and we know we can score at any time. I think we played well, we created chances and were able to play our game. Overall, we deserved this win.”

“The most important thing is to win,” PSG midfielder Javier Pastore concluded. “We managed to score in the 80th-minute, but we tried a lot in the game. We simply wanted to win to draw level with Monaco in the table. My performance? I’m happy to have been able to play 90 minutes. I felt good. I have to keep working physically to be at my best with the team.”

Could history be made on a big Wednesday at the Camp? Our live blog starts at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET live from Barcelona. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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