The Catalans secured an astonishing 6-1
win at Camp Nou to knock out Paris Saint-
Germain and keep their Champions League
hopes alive

“If Paris Saint-Germain scored four, we can
score six.” That is what Luis Enrique said
in the pre-match press conference ahead
of this match and his team did exactly
that to produce perhaps the greatest
comeback in football history.

Barca make history with 6-1 win
The Barcelona boss was written off and
called every name under the sun after the
Catalans’ capitulation in the first leg at
the Parc des Princes. Since that 4-0 loss,
he has announced that he will not continue
in the summer and in many ways, the
pressure was off.
Could Barca really do it? The Blaugrana
beat Sporting Gijon 6-1 last Wednesday
and then thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 at the
weekend. Paris Saint-Germain would be a
different test, but belief was building. “Yes
we can,” the supporters sang on Saturday.
And yes they did. Luis Suarez scored
inside three minutes to give Barca a dream
start and an own goal from Layvin
Kurzawa before half-time made it 2-0 at
the break. The comeback was on. And
when Lionel Messi added another from the
penalty spot four minutes after the
interval, it looked like Barca would go on
to achieve a historic turnaround.


But then PSG scored. Edinson Cavani’s
fine finish meant it was now 5-3 on
aggregate, but Barca needed three because
of the away goal. The Uruguayan’s
strike knocked the stuffing out of the
Catalan for a while – but they never
stopped believing.

Perhaps Luis Enrique’s words were ringing
in their ears. “If PSG scored four, we can
score six.” Now they needed to do just
that, but time was running out and when
Neymar hammered home a fanstastic free-
kick with two minutes left, Barca still had
to convert twice more.
Suarez then earned a penalty in the final
minute, which Neymar netted. PSG
compained, but to no avail and Barca
threw everything at the French champions
through five minutes of added time as
even Marc-Andre ter Stegen piled forward.



Again Neymar’s contribution was vital as
the Brazilian produced a perfect delivery
into the box for Sergi Roberto (who had
been exposed by PSG in the first leg) to
apply the finish. Emery grimaced as the
Camp Nou erupted. History had been
Asked about Barca’s 4-0 loss in Paris,
former coach Pep Guardiola said last
month: “Be careful not to criticise Barca
and Luis [Enrique] too much – because
they may end up proving you wrong.”

And they did just that in incredible
circumstances. This was wonderful,
magical, unbelievable – the greatest
comeback in the history of the Champions
League and perhaps in the history of
football istelf.
What a game. What a night. What a
turnaround. And as Alex Ferguson said
after his Manchester United side turned it
around at this same stadium with two late
goals against Bayern Munich to win the
1999 Champions League final: “Football.
Bloody hell!”…


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