European giants Barcelona made the seemingly impossible possible as they recorded the greatest comeback in Champions League history by humiliating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night to reach the quarterfinals of the competition.
A Sergi Roberto winner deep into stoppage time completed what not only looked unlikely before the match but also looked off the cards when Edinson Cavani’s second-half strike gave PSG a precious away goal.
Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi and a Layvin Kurzawa own goal had manoeuvred Barca into a three-goal lead. Afterwards, Cavani’s goal, though, looked to burst their balloon. There were no signs of life with three minutes left, either, with three goals still needed.
Then Neymar came to life. First, he scored a stunning free kick, then he added his second of the night from the penalty spot before sending in the cross that Roberto flicked home.
Ten minutes after the final whistle, Camp Nou was still full, with the fans not quite sure if they had really witnessed what had taken place on the pitch below them. The club’s anthem rang out on the speakers as the players, joined by the coaching staff, celebrated on the pitch. The dream had become a reality.
Barca become the first team in the combined history of the Champions League and the European Cup to overturn a four-goal deficit. What makes it all the more remarkable is that Luis Enrique said in the build-up to the game that he was “convinced” that his team would get back in the tie. He didn’t stop there, either.
“If a team can score four against us, we can score six,” he said in a press conference before the clash.
Consequently, they avoid exiting the Champions League before the quarter finals for the first time since 2007. PSG, meanwhile, see their run of four consecutive last-eight appearances come to an end.