Wednesday April 3 2013
Xavi: 1-2 would have been fairer

Xavi Hernandez was left frustrated by Paris Saint-Germain’s last gasp equaliser in yesterday’s draw against Barcelona.

Barca saw goals from first Lionel Messi and then Xavi Hernandez pegged back with strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi in an entertaining Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes.

“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,” commented penalty-scorer Xavi afterwards.

“1-2 would have been the fairest result. We felt we controlled the game and had it won. We would have taken this result at the beginning though so all is not lost.

“The draw is still a good result, there are still 90 minutes to be played at home in front of our fans, who showed that they can get behind their team.

“We’re leaving with the feeling that we played a good game, now we have to win the return leg at home.

“We will look to produce a game like we did in the [previous round] against Milan and hopefully we can get through.

“Barcelona always look to attack, have possession of the ball and to be the protagonists and that is how we will approach the return.”

The result was tinged with injuries to Messi and Javier Mascherano.

“Messi and Mascherano’s injuries, they are two very important players for us.

“We’re having terrible luck on defence, we’re missing Puyol and Adriano, and now this.”

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