Football: Lionel Messi wonder-strike can’t save Barcelona from Champions League exit, Liverpool advance

Paris St Germain buried the ghosts of their embarrassing 2017 exit, as they drew 1-1 at home with Barcelona on Thursday (NZ time) to complete a 5-2 aggregate victory that sent them into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Four years after Barca claimed a memorable 6-1 win to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the last 16, PSG lacked inspiration but their 4-1 advantage from the first game in Spain was sufficient this time.

Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick at the Nou Camp, opened the scoring with a penalty against the run of play, before Lionel Messi levelled with a superb long-range goal. 

The Argentine then had a spot-kick saved by Keylor Navas on the stroke of halftime.

The French champions were on the back foot in the second half, but Barca ultimately exited the competition before the semi-finals for the second year in a row. 

Elsewhere, second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane eased Liverpool into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over RB Leipzig at the Puskas Arena, to complete a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Liverpool, leading 2-0 from the first-leg yet struggling in the Premier League after six straight home defeats, had several chances to extend their advantage in the first half but lacked sharpness in front of goal.

But Jurgen Klopp's side finally broke through in the 70th minute, when Diogo Jota fed Salah, who cut across the top of the penalty area before drilling into the bottom corner.

Four minutes later, Mane made it 2-0 on the night when he met a Divock Origi cross from the right with a first-time finish, steering the ball home with the outside of his foot.

Both legs of the last-16 tie were played in the Hungarian capital due to Germany's COVID-19 related travel restrictions.