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Xavi Calls Referee “A Disaster” Who Killed Barcelona’s UCL Hopes

Xavi at Barcelona
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Barcelona’s hopes of progressing in the Champions League were dashed in a dramatic 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, marred by controversial refereeing decisions.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández expressed frustration at the outcome, attributing their elimination to the pivotal moment when Ronald Araújo was sent off by referee Istvan Kovacs. Xavi labeled the referee’s performance as a “disaster,” criticizing the decision to show a red card to Araújo for a challenge on Bradley Barcola.

Despite taking an early lead in the match, Barcelona’s momentum was disrupted by the sending off, allowing PSG to capitalize and secure a 6-4 aggregate victory. Xavi’s own expulsion from the sidelines further compounded Barcelona’s woes, as they lost their composure amidst the contentious decisions. Reflecting on the match, Xavi lamented the impact of the red card, emphasizing its decisive influence on the outcome of the tie.

PSG coach Luis Enrique, however, downplayed the significance of the referee’s decisions, expressing confidence in his team’s ability to progress regardless. Luis Enrique, who has a storied history with Barcelona, acknowledged the emotional challenge of facing his former club but remained focused on PSG’s objectives.

The defeat marks a disappointing end to Barcelona’s Champions League campaign, leaving them to shift their focus to domestic competitions. Barcelona will now turn their attention to El Clásico against Real Madrid, where they aim to keep their slim title hopes alive. As PSG sets sights on Ligue 1 glory and the French Cup final, they celebrate a historic victory in the Champions League.