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Al-Khelaifi and PSG struggling to accept Champions League exit

Goal.com logo Goal.com 09-03-2017

President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said it is "very difficult to accept" Paris Saint-Germain's elimination from the Champions League following their record-breaking loss to Barcelona.

Al-Khelaifi cut a frustrated figure post-match after PSG surrendered a 4-0 first-leg lead as the French champions suffered a heartbreaking 6-1 loss in Wednesday's return last-16 fixture.

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Barca scored three goals from the 88th minute, including the winning goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time via Sergi Roberto, as the Spanish hosts completed the greatest comeback in Champions League history.

And Al-Khelaifi lamented PSG's performance in the first half, having headed into the interval 2-0 down and out of sorts at Camp Nou.

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"Even if we should have had two penalties, we're not looking for excuses. We didn't play in the first half," Al-Khelaifi said. "After winning the first leg 4-0, it's very difficult to accept losing the second 6-1, but we don't have a choice.

"After our first-leg win, the aim of reaching the quarter-finals was legitimate, but we know in football that that doesn't mean anything.

"We tried to do our best. We didn't manage to qualify, but we'll continue. To concede three times in seven minutes when we had been trailing 3-1 after 88 minutes is very hard.

"I haven't spoken to the players yet, it's not the right time. Everyone is annoyed, it's normal. We're going to calm ourselves down."

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