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Lionel Messi looked beside himself with rage with Marco Verratti after his Paris Saint-Germain teammate failed to provide him the ball during their side’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
In PSG's second-leg last-16 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu, a 3-1 defeat, former Barcelona star Messi was seen yelling at the midfielder in the first-half for failing to pass, aggressively gesturing to his feet.
It appeared like the two made amends on half-time, as Messi patted the Italian on the head, apologising.
The pair had something of a standoff in 2018 when Verratti claimed that the then-Barcelona player got preferential treatment from referees.
The 29-year-old told Gazetta dello Sport after he was shown red against Real Madrid four years ago: "I got it wrong against Real, but it was a red card out of frustration and sometimes referees could be more tolerant.
"It was a bad reaction but I didn't insult anybody, whereas Messi goes around pointing his finger in the referee's face and doesn't even get punished. But anyway, I need to improve."
In the game last night, Carlo Ancelotti’s men came back from the 1-0 deficit they had in the first leg to progress to the quarter-finals.
Kylian Mbappe, the goalscorer in Paris, opened the scoring afer a fine finish past Thibaut Courtois.
But PSG capitulated thereafter, throwing their 2-0 lead away to a stunning hat-trick from Karim Benzema.
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Mauricio Pochettino admitted that he was really disappointed” and claimed that Benzema’s first goal changed the game.
“The first [Benzema] goal completely changed the game,” the PSG boss said via BT Sport.
“For an hour, we were better than Real Madrid. The atmosphere changed in the stadium. We made some mistakes after that, we can’t say we didn’t.
“The worst feeling is that we were the better side, but we lost the tie in 10 minutes.
“Paris Saint-Germain have been chasing the Champions League for a number of years now.
“I’m really disappointed, upset — but these things can happen. The next few weeks are not going to be easy.”
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