Neymar double kills off PSG

The Brazilian scored twice in the first half as the Catalans swept aside Laurent Blanc’s men to reach the semi-finals

Two more goals from Neymar helped Barcelona to a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain, following their 2-0 win at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Despite the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti from suspension, PSG headed into Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg with a mountain to climb having lost the first leg at Parc des Princes 3-1.

And the French champions never looked pulling off a remarkable comeback at Camp Nou, Neymar instead putting the tie beyond doubt with an excellent performance highlighted by two first-half goals.

The Brazil striker was the beneficiary of the sparkling creativity of Andres Iniesta as he netted an early opener, taking advantage of a fragile PSG defence without the services of injured captain Thiago Silva.

And a fine delivery from right-back Dani Alves, heavily linked with a transfer to PSG in the close-season, set Neymar up to head home his second – and his fifth in four games against the Ligue 1 champions this term – 11 minutes before the break.

From there, Luis Enrique’s side proceeded to take their foot off the gas, coasting into the last four for the sixth time in the last seven seasons with a display that gives further credence to the idea that they could well win a Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey treble.