Barcelona surpassed even the most die hard fans’ expectations by triumphing 6-1 over PSG. Barca came back from a 0-4 defeat in the first leg and offered one of the greatest comebacks in modern football.
Not many would have believed it could be possible. PSG’s victory by four goals in the first leg left few questioning which team was going to advance from this tie. The heavy loss took it’s toll on Barcelona. The relationship with fans soured. Luis Enrique announced he would leave the club at the end of the season. Lionel Messi did not offer guarantees about committing his future to the club.
However, Barcelona’s fortunes changed on Wednesday. It was a victory offered in stoppage from a game that the Spanish side controlled throughout. Sergi Roberto was the hero on the night for Barcelona. His strike brought the score to an amazing 6-5 on aggregate and his team are through to the Quarterfinals.
PSG played down their role as favorites in the second leg. The French team were ready to defend and preserve their four goal lead. But by the 50th minute the lead seemed shaky at best as Barcelona were already 3-0 up. PSG striker Cavani pulled one back for his side in the 62th minute. It was his eighth goal in the current campaign.
Barcelona took advantage of their collective experience in the competition and continued to attack. However, the decisive goals came in the last minutes. Neymar scored twice, first from a brilliantly taken free kick, secondly from a spot kick after a foul on Luis Suarez.
PSG had to defend their lead for only four more minutes. Regardless of the scope, they could not maintain posession. Ter Stegen left his post to help his team’s attacks. In stoppage time Sergi Roberto saw off PSG’s offside trap and scored the dramatic winner.
90 min+2: GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL! The comeback is complete! @SergiRoberto10
FCB 6-1 PSG (agg. 6-5) #FCBPSG #FCBLive #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/lcrCK8NmA3
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017
PSG are once again knocked out of the competition by Barcelona, as they had in 2013 and 2015 seasons. Barcelona once again reach the Quarterfinals. It is the 10th consecutive qualification in this stage of the UCL. Luis Enrique’s side now have chances of winning the treble. They are currently in first place in the Primera Division, while rivals Real have one extra game.