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FC Barcelona News: 3 April 2013; Barça Draw With Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano Injured

Clive Rose

París Saint-Germain - FC Barcelona: Cruel finale in Paris (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Barça went ahead in the first half thanks to a goal from Messi, who failed to reappear after the break after picking up a hamstring injury, before Ibrahimovic brought the teams level with ten minutes left to play. Xavi then slotted home a penalty on 88 minutes which appeared to have given Barça a win, only for Bartra to get the slightest of ricochets on a Matuidi shot in the dying seconds and help it past Valdes.

Messi to undergo tests on Wednesday | FC Barcelona
According to the Club’s Medical Services, Leo Messi picked up an injury to his right hamstring in the first half of the match against PSG. The player will undergo further tests on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury.

Mascherano picks up ligament injury; out of action for six weeks | FC Barcelona
Barça’s defence is in trouble. After this Tuesday’s match against PSG, Javier Mascherano joined Carles Puyol and Adriano Correia on FC Barcelona’s injury list. The Argentine will be out of action for six weeks. According to the Club’s Medical Services, Mascherano tore the MCL of his right knee.

Jordi Roura: "It's a good result" | FC Barcelona
"It’s a good result," said Jordi Roura after this evening’s 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain. The assistant manager explained that "we’re a bit sad with the result seeing how the match played out, we had the game won despite the adversities."

Barcelona may well win the battle, but decimated defence means they might not win the war -
Barcelona may well win the battle, but the Catalans might not win the war. Tito Vilanova's team twice led in Paris on Tuesday before being pegged back on both occasions by a resilient Paris Saint-Germain side, but heading home to Barcelona with two away goals remains a positive result and, given their remarkable record at Camp Nou, the Catalans will still be expected to advance.

Xavi: "1-2 would have been the fairest result" | FC Barcelona
"When they score in the last second of the match and we put in a great performance in the first half and we held them off in the second, it’s frustrating. 1-2 would have been the fairest result," said Xavi Hernández after the match at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets unhappy at officiating against PSG - ESPN FC
"Ibra was one or two metres offside in his goal," Busquets said. "It is incredible that the linesman has not seen it, it was a clear offside. The referee did not relax until they equalised. They whistled us up for any small thing, while PSG players were let off yellow cards even though they were committing fouls."

Real Madrid under investigation amid allegations of illegal state aid - European - Football - The Independent
Real Madrid are the subject of a European Commission investigation following allegations they have received illegal state aid, the decision on which is overdue and will be of great interest to the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, under pressure to conform to Uefa Financial Fair Play regulations.

The fall and rise of Manuel Pellegrini -
Manuel Pellegrini has always held his head high. An educated, considered man, the Chilean may not hold the hearts of his players, or his nation, but he commands their respect, something he had earned in 2010 when he left the Santiago Bernabeu for the final time.

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