PSG 4-0 Barcelona: Catalans look like paupers at Parc de Prince
A fixture against Barcelona in the Champions League usually means the opposition faces a long, hard slog, but Paris Saint Germain made it look so easy on Monday evening.
The Catalans were reduced to paupers at the Parc de Prince, as the Parisians dominated the last-16 first-leg tie.
No team has ever come back from a four goals down in a Champions League first leg, and it could see Barcelona fail to reach the quarter finals for the first time in a decade.
With a lacklustre display from forwards Messi, Suarez and Neymar, PSG punished Barcelona with a high pressing game and tight defending.
The first goal by impressive Angel Di Maria was the "culmination of a blitz in the early stages" by PSG. A beautifully taken free kick by the midfielder curled up and over the wall, expertly placed past a stunned Marc ter Stegen.
Barcelona's only shot on target came when Neymar fed the ball to Gomes, with keeper Kevin Trapp making a save at his near post.
Julian Draxler was a menace on the right. He forced a fine one-handed save from ter Stegen on the 39th minute. The Barcelona goalkeeper could not be particularly blamed for conceding so many goals over the fixture; and without whom, the scoreline could have been so much worse.
There was very little he could do after Messi was robbed of the ball in midfield and PSG launched a counter attack. Marco Verratti switched the ball to Draxler who cleverly disguised his right-foot shot, scoring with an angled drive.
Di Maria was on the scoresheet again with a sweet left-footed from outside of the box. With Barcelona backing off, the birthday boy - who turned 29 on Monday - found a bit of space and left ter Stegen powerless as it found the top corner.
Barcelona were feeling very generous with their birthday gifts, as Edinson Cavani - celebrating his 30th birthday - finished the game with a powerful strike at the near post.
When your goalkeeper was perhaps the best performing player in a 4-0 drubbing, the once-Champions League favourites may need some re-evaluating.