Youngest Defender to Start a Champions League Quarterfinal: Pau Cubarsi Breaks Record in Win vs PSG

Youngest Defender to Start a Champions League Quarterfinal: Pau Cubarsi Breaks Record in Win vs PSG

Joel Reyes
April 11, 2024 at 2:07 AM
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  • Barcelona defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final
  • Pau Cubarsi grabbed the headlines in that matchup after he kept PSG's Kylian Mbappe in check
  • The 17-year-old became the youngest defender to start in the last eight of the Champions League

The future is now for Barcelona.

Pau Cubarsi made history in their first-leg win against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, becoming the youngest defender to start in a Champions League quarter-final.

Sports Brief looks at the players who previously held this record as Cubarsi joins this exclusive list.

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Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain battles for the ball with Pau Cubarsi of FC Barcelona during the Champions League quarter-finals. Image: Matthieu Mirville.
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Youngest defenders to start in UCL quarters

1. Pau Cubarsi (17 years and 79 days)

Cubarsi just keeps on breaking records.

The talented Barcelona teenager became the youngest defender to start in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, accomplishing the feat in their first-leg win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

He was 17 years and 79 days old when he started in the Catalan giants' 3-2 victory against PSG. The occasion didn't faze him at all as he went toe-to-toe with Kylian Mbappe at Parc des Princes.

Cubarsi held his own against the French star, keeping him quiet in the first-leg clash. Mbappe had a night to forget against the Spanish teen, completing just 1 of 4 dribbles, winning just 3 of 12 duels, and recording no shots on target when the Barcelona youngster was his primary defender.

2. Georgi Shchennikov (18 years and 338 days)

Shchennikov previously held the record that Cubarsi just broke, becoming the youngest defender to start a Champions League quarter-final in CSKA Moscow's first-leg match against Inter Milan on March 31, 2010.

He was just 18 years and 338 days old when he started in that 1-0 loss to the Italian giants at San Siro. Shchennikov also started in the second leg of that quarter-final, which also ended in a 1-0 victory for Internazionale.

3. Raphael Varane (18 years and 344 days)

Varane came close to breaking Shchennikov's record when he started for Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final showdown with APOEL Nicosia on April 4, 2012.

He was 18 years and 344 days old when given the start by Jose Mourinho in that 5-2 win. Varane went on to have a successful Champions League career with Real Madrid, winning the European Cup four times during his time in Spain.

Barca edge past PSG in thriller

Sports Brief also reported on Barcelona's 3-2 win over PSG.

Andreas Christensen came off the bench to head in the match-winner for the Spanish club.

Raphinha had earlier scored a brace for the Catalans.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.