Good evening and welcome to this live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Sam Blom and I will keep you informed of all developments during the eighth finals of the Champions League tonight.

Lots of fun!



  • Champions League

  • Eighth finals

  • 21.00 o'clock:

  • Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona

  • Liverpool-RB Leipzig

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

9 'Barcelona gets a free kick in a nice position, but Messi curls the ball a meter too high.

Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

6 'Another great opportunity for the' home team '.

Sadio Mané is well served by Wijnaldum, but shoots hard in a detached position.

Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

5 'Barcelona does not start the very tough mission in Paris by surprise.

In the first few minutes, the threat mainly comes from the home team, although Messi just became almost dangerous.

However, the Argentinian's shot is blocked.

Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

3 'Almost a lightning start for Liverpool.

Wijnaldum serves Thiago over the ashes of the field, but the Spaniard's return to Mohamed Salah is sloppy, so the opportunity is lost.

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

Kick-off! 

The ball also rolls in Paris.

Barcelona must therefore score at least four times to still reach the quarterfinals.

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Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

Kick-off! 

Liverpool and Leipzig started in Bucharest.

May surprise the Germans and push Liverpool even further into crisis.

Or will the English keep the lead from the first game?

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

Based on the past, Barcelona has hardly any chance of reaching the next round tonight.

It happened 99 times that a team lost the first game at home with 1-4 in a European diptych.

In none of these cases did the home team reach the next round.

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

Ronald Koeman had a changeable start at Barcelona, ​​but the last period he has been getting his team on the rails better and better.

The Catalans have already passed Real Madrid in their own league and are now second.

The gap on leader Atlético Madrid is six points.

The advance in the competition was roughly interrupted three weeks ago by the shameful 1-4 defeat at home against PSG.

As a result, a comeback is now needed of the same proportions as in 2017, when Barcelona managed to turn a 4-0 defeat against PSG (6-1) in-house.

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

An unusual situation in the home league for Paris Saint-Germain, because the Parisians are actually not at the top.

PSG is two points behind Lille and so it still has to work hard to win the eighth national title in the last nine seasons.

Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

At RB Leipzig, the atmosphere is very different from the opponent from Merseyside.

Julian Nagelsmann's team has won the last six league games and has now approached league-leader Bayern Munich to two points.

Due to the 0-2 defeat in the first game, the Germans are faced with a difficult task to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

Liverpool is experiencing a dramatic phase in the competition. 

The Reds 

have now dropped to eighth place and were unable to win the last eight home games.

Since December 27, 2020, Liverpool have only scored once, from a penalty kick.

Tonight there is therefore a home game on paper on the program, but it will not take place at Anfield, but in the Puskás Aréna in Budapest.

Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

Lineups!

 Jürgen Klopp gave several players a rest last weekend, but Fabinho, Thiago and Sadio Mané, among others, are returning to the base at Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino is still missing due to injuries.

Georginio Wijnaldum has also received a basic place from Klopp tonight.



Line-up Liverpool: 

Alisson;

Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Philips, Robertson;

Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum;

Salah, Jota, Mané



At Leipzig Angeliño is missing with an injury.

His place on the left side of the defense seems to be taken by Lukas Klostermann.

In addition, Christian Poulsen and Emil Forsberg are in the base.

That was not the case in the first leg against Liverpool.



Setup Leipzig: 

Gulacsi;

Adams, Mukiele, Upamecano, Klostermann;

Nkunku, Kampl, Sabitzer, Forsberg;

Olmo, Poulsen

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

Lineups!

 Mauricio Pochettino still has to do without the injured Neymar and Ángel Di María.

Moise Kean, who scored in Barcelona, ​​is also not there.

He is replaced by Julian Draxler.

It is the only change for the French compared to the first leg in Spain.



PSG line-up:

Navas;

Florenzi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Florenzi;

Gueye, Paredes, Verrati;

Draxler, Icardi, Mbappé



Ronald Koeman still have to do without central defenders Gerard Pique and Ronald Araújo, among others.

That is why Óscar Mingueza now seems to play centrally in the back.

That also means that a spot will be available for Sergiño Dest at right back.

Frenkie de Jong is of course in the base.



Line-up Barcelona:

 Ter Stegen;

Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba;

Busquets, De Jong, Pedri;

Messi, Griezmann, Dembélé

Liverpool-RB Leipzig a few seconds ago

Liverpool is in a downright crisis in the league, but in the Champions League everything has been going well for Jürgen Klopp's side so far.

After it hibernated as a group winner in a group with Ajax, among others, Liverpool won the first leg against Leipzig 0-2.

That match was then played in Budapest due to the restrictions surrounding the corona virus.

That will be the case again tonight.

Paris Saint-Germain-FC Barcelona a few seconds ago

Ronald Koeman needs a miracle with his Barcelona to reach the eighth finals of the Champions League.

Three weeks ago, the Catalans lost 1-4 in-house against Paris Saint-Germain.

At the time, the spotlight was mainly focused on Kylian Mbappé, who was largely responsible with a hat-trick for putting Barcelona at an almost unbridgeable gap.

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