Beckham back in love after dramatic draw



FORMER England captain David Beckham said he “loved” featuring in a Champions League match for the first time in three years, as Paris Saint-Germain earned a thrilling draw with the last kick of the game.

After Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opening goal, a late penalty from Xavi looked to have given the visitors victory.

But, in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time, Blaise Matuidi struck a dramatic equaliser to give Beckham and his team-mates hope of reaching the semi-finals.

“It will be difficult there, but there is no reason why we cannot get a result,” insisted Beckham, after making his 112th Champions League appearance. “I’m happy we got the draw.

“I loved being part of these nights again, it doesn’t get bigger than this. The manager has shown great confidence in me.”

On 38 minutes Messi broke the deadlock for Barcelona with his 57th goal of the season and eighth in the Champions League.

Right-back Daniel Alves played a majestic pass over the top of the home defence with the outside of his right foot and Messi fired in on the half volley.

PSG netted a controversial leveller with 11 minutes remaining when defender Thiago Silva headed a free-kick against the post and Ibrahimovic, despite being offside, turned in the rebound.

In the 89th minute a coolly taken penalty from midfielder Xavi looked to have given Barcelona a priceless away win.

But, in the 94th minute, Matuidi drilled in a deflected effort from the edge of the box.

In the night’s other quarter-final Bayern Munich beat Juventus 2-0.