Trotta fires Bees up to third
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:04:00
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with the way his side played, despite going out of the Champions League on away goals to Barcelona.
Barcelona progressed from their quarter-final after a 3-3 aggregate draw over the two legs, with their two away goals from the first leg proving crucial.
The French side took the lead in the tie in the second half through Javier Pastore and had their sights set on the semi-finals at that stage.
But they were pegged back once the home side introduced Lionel Messi, who had been left out of the starting XI because of a hamstring injury, from the bench.
And Ancelotti believes the introduction of the World Player of the Year was the turning point of the tie.
He said: "Even if he is not 100 percent fit, he is always a fantastic player.
"We were good in possession and played quickly up the field.
"We didn't just defend like a lot of teams who come here, we caused them problems. But Messi gave his team confidence."
The Fulham loanee scored two minutes after coming on as a substitute to put the game beyond doubt after Bradley-Wright-Phillips had headed the visitors in front with 12 minutes gone.
Shaleum Logan ran onto Clayton Donaldson's back-heel before crossing for Wright-Phillips to bury a near-post bullet header past keeper Steve Phillips.
Things got worse for the home side when Phillips took a whack in a challenge with Tom Adeyemi and had to be replaced by Alan Martin.
Bees defender Harlee Dean cracked a header off the crossbar and Donaldson went close from the rebound with a overhead kick before Martin kept out another Wright-Phillips effort.
Matt Tootle shot from the edge of the box in a rare attack for Crewe, who won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy three days earlier, but keeper Simon Moore tipped the ball to safety.
Logan appeared to handle Byron Moore's cross only for referee Robert Madley to wave away their claims.
The Bees continued to boss the game after the break and Donaldson could have had a hat-trick after firing two free headers over the bar and seeing a shot saved by Martin after racing clear of the Crewe defence.
Douglas shot over before substitute Trotta put the game beyond doubt in the 84th minute with a stunning volley from 15 yards.