Paris Saint-Germain fought back to claim a 2-2 draw against
Barcelona only to lose 4-1 on penalties in a pre-season friendly
at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Rafinha opened for the Spaniards after seven minutes, before
penalties in either half were converted by Barcelona's Lionel
Messi (53) and PSG's most recent signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic (60).
PSG's Zoumana Camara netted with nine minutes to go to send the
game to penalties.
In the shootout, Barca went 3-0 clear after PSG missed both of
their early kicks before Sylvain Armand reduced the deficit for
the French, but Gerard Pique netted the winner for the visitors.
Nevertheless PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said he was satisfied with
his side's performance against the La Liga runners-up.
"We showed good physical form, with good intensity during the
match," said the Italian, whose side were Ligue 1 runners-up last
"I had hoped that we would have had more confidence with the ball
and more combinations but it's normal, there were new players and
we're still looking to gel.
"(Ibrahimovic) played well, like all the players. He did a good
job. It's not easy to play against Barcelona. It was an important
test of our qualities against a strong team and we put in a good
showing. We're ready to start the season."
A delighted crowd chanted "Ibra! Ibra!" every time the
30-year-old Swede got a touch on the ball, with his penalty on
his first outing in Parc des Princes ensuring he has scored two
goals in as many matches for his new club after his third-minute
goal against DC United.
Reserve team players Rafinha and Sergi Roberto replaced Barcelona
stalwarts Xavi and Andres Iniesta as the Catalans largely
dominated play with the Parisians failing to take advantage of
the chances they had.
An effort from another new PSG recruit Ezequiel Lavezzi after 39
minutes was off target as were two quickfire attempts from France
international striker Peguy Luyindula which were kept out by Jose
Manuel Pinto in goal with ten minutes to go.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti confirmed after the match that 28-year-old
defender Christophe Jallet had been selected as team captain for