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Paris: Argentine winger Angel Di Maria scored a brace as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) put up a superb display to drub Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of a Champions League pre-quarterfinal here.

Barcelona have suffered an unexpected 4-0 defeat at hands of PSG in the first game of the Champions League round of 16.

Beaten by Barcelona in the quarter-finals in both 2013 and 2015, PSG were determined not to fall to them at the last-16 stage here and produced their performance of the season, playing with greater intensity, skill and goal than the visitors.

"They pressed us harder, they were much better tactically than us, they had a plan and executed it how they wanted to and they were the better team". This came after PSG had already spurned a number of good chances.

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PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp elected to play out from the back despite Barcelona pushing up and, following a couple of quick passes, Di Maria had the ball at his feet with the Barcelona defence retreating away from him.

Speaking to TV3 after the game, the Barca coach said to reporter Jordi Grau: "I don't like your tone and I would have liked the same treatment all the times we have won that I am getting tonight when we haven't".

Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has insisted that his team still have work to do in order to overcome Barcelona in the last-16 stage of the Champions League.

German midfielder Draxler on his first season with the French Champions, scored the second for the home side after a brilliant break from the right leaving Barcelona shaken at the stroke of halftime.

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Barca was a shadow of themselves from start to finish even as the dreaded "MSN" (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) failed to come to the party with their goal-scoring boots.

They got their breakthrough on 18 minutes, Di Maria curling a free-kick up and over the wall from just outside the box. They were better than us in all facets of the game.

'Fair enough we look at Barcelona sometimes and think they are poor defensively but in terms of going forward and their possession they were abysmal, it was as if they've never played at that level before.

Barca faced 10 shots on target vs PSG - their joint-highest in a Champions League match since 2003-04 (also vs Bayer Leverkusen in December 2015).

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