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Soccer, UEFA

Paris Saint-Germain thrash Barcelona in Champions League

Angel Di Maria was the architect of Barcelona’s downfall in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, with the attacker grabbing a brace in a 4-0 victory in the first leg on Tuesday.

Edinson Cavani celebrates his 30th birthday by drilling in PSG’s fourth

Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani completed the shocking scoreline as Lionel Messi and his team-mates collapsed in Paris.

Messi remains the tournament’s top scorer on 10 goals and will get a chance to increase his total in the return leg at the Camp Nou.

Benfica defeated Borussia Dortmund in the night’s other last-16 battle, winning the first leg 1-0 as Konstantinos Mitroglou found the back of the net.

Here are Tuesday’s results from Europe’s top club competition, including the top scorers’ chart:

Barca stand on the edge of elimination from Europe after being pummelled by a brilliant PSG side at the Parc des Princes.

The hosts dominated the La Liga champions throughout the match, and the sensational scoreline was well-deserved by the Paris club.

Barca’s fabled MSN trio of Messi,Luis Suarez and Neymar were completely neutralised as the Parisians ran riot at home.

Di Maria started the avalanche of goals after 18 minutes, finding the goal with a wonderful curling free-kick.

In the night’s other tie, Benfica stole the victory from BVB after the Bundesliga team dominated most of the match.

Mitroglou poked home at the start of the second half, giving the Eagles a precious but undeserved lead.

Dortmund gained a penalty soon after the goal as Ljubomir Fejsa handled the ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang—who missed several chances—hit his spot-kick straight at goalkeeper Ederson.

The Germans continued to attack as they searched for an equaliser, but the hosts dug in and defended their lead with vigour.

It was a hugely disappointing night for Messi and his illustrious team-mates, but they were second in every department to a rampant PSG unit.

It will take a miracle for the Catalans to overturn the deficit in the second leg, but if any side can score four goals without reply at home, it is the Spanish champions.

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