Neymar nets 2 as Barca beat PSG 2-0 to reach Champions League semifinals

Barcelona's Neymar celebrates on the shoulders of teammate Dani Alves, after scoring his second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


By Joseph Wilson ,AP

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar scored two goals as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal its return to the Champions League semifinals, joining Europe’s elite four teams for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Neymar had already netted Barcelona’s first goal in its 3-1 first-leg win, and the Brazil striker struck in the 14th and 34th minutes to crush PSG’s already slim hopes of a quarterfinal comeback.

Barcelona’s dominance was so complete that, despite Neymar’s brace, Andres Iniesta was arguably the best player on the Camp Nou pitch. The veteran midfielder used a breathtaking solo run through the heart of the visitors’ defense to set up Neymar for the opener.

The Brazilian then took advantage of PSG’s lax marking to head home his second goal from Dani Alves’ cross.

��Iniesta, in the first goal, he did it all. I only had to dribble the goalkeeper,�� Neymar said. ��We are playing at our best both in the Champions League and the Spanish league. We have to keep it up.��

Neymar’s double gave him 30 goals for the season as the 23-year-old star continues to flourish. He forms a deadly three-prong attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who have taken Barcelona one step closer to adding to its four European Cups and have kept the club in contention for the Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles.

��We had a great start to the game, it was decisive,�� said Luis Enrique, who became the Catalan club’s most successful coach through his first 50 matches with 42 wins.

��I don’t want to look too far ahead, but I hope the best is yet to come. That’s what my players have been playing for this season, to be in the position to win titles.��

Also on Tuesday, Bayern Munich routed FC Porto 6-1 to overcome a 3-1 away defeat and advance 7-4 on aggregate.