Messi Almost Knocked Down by Pitch Invader After Bayern’s Win Over PSG in Champions League

Messi Almost Knocked Down by Pitch Invader After Bayern’s Win Over PSG in Champions League

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 9, 2023 at 7:35 AM
  • Lionel Messi nearly got taken out by a pitch invader moments after Paris Saint-Germain’s loss to Bayern Munich
  • The Parisians' Champions League hopes came crashing down after they suffered a 2-0 loss away at the Allianz Arena
  • It is the second consecutive season in which PSG were eliminated in the last-16 stage of the European tournament

Lionel Messi’s best highlight in the second-leg round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich came after the final whistle, after Paris Saint-Germain had already been knocked out.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was caged in by a superb Bavarians team over 90 minutes as the Bundesliga side ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against the Parisians.

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Lionel Messi escaped getting hurt after a pitch invader almost knocked him down in the aftermath of PSG's loss to Bayern Munich. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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After the final whistle, an over-enthusiastic fan ran onto the pitch in the direction of the PSG superstar and almost knocked him over.

Stewards quickly 'rescued' Messi from potentially being hurt by the onrushing fan and tackled him to the ground, while the dejected Argentine walked off the pitch unscathed.

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The Ligue 1 champions have now failed to progress beyond the round of 16 for the second consecutive season since joining PSG from Barcelona in 2021.

PSG knocked out of UCL

Meanwhile, Bayern eased past PSG to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a comfortable 2-0 victory against the French champions, Sky Sports reported.

Goals from former PSG star, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry helped the Bundesliga giants seal a 3-0 aggregate victory against Christophe Galtier's somewhat lethargic side.

The result at the Allianz Arena meant PSG has now failed to get past the last 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth time in seven years.

Football fans troll Leo Messi

Sports Brief also reported on Messi facing intense fan backlash following PSG's exit from the Champions League knockout phase once again.

The Parisians suffered back-to-back round-of-16 eliminations from Europe's premier club competition after a 3-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern.

Despite finding his rhythm since the World Cup break, the seven-time Ballon d'Or could not inspire PSG as he had with his native Argentina.

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