Lionel Messi's penalty against PSG should have been retaken

Lionel Messi's penalty against PSG should have been retaken

WEDNESDAY NIGHT saw Barcelona crash out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 at the hands of Paris Saint Germain.

The Spanish giants went a goal down thanks to a penalty scored by Kylian Mbappé, before equalising through a breathtaking strike hammered in by Lionel Messi.

And the night was nearly turned on its head when Barcelona were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Messi stepped up and blasted it at goal, but PSG keeper Keylor Navas made an impressive save before Marco Verratti ran in and headed the ball out for a corner.

There was then a brief VAR check to see whether any of the PSG defenders where guilty of encroachment, but just seconds later play continued.

Replays at half-time showed that Verratti was inside the D before Messi took the penalty, and as it was him who headed the ball away, the penalty should have been retaken.

Football fans took to social media to complain about the "ridiculous" decision by VAR, especially considering they stopped play and had a look for that exact type of foul.

Barcelona's exit from the tournament means that this year will be the first time that a Champions League quarter final does not feature either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi since 2004/2005, which will be music to the ears of superstitious Liverpool fans out there.