Barcelona Stuns PSG to Storm Champions League Quarters in Style
Barcelona went down to books of history in Champions League by becoming the first team to overturn a first-leg 4-0 deficit to proceed to quarter finals.
The Catalans were beaten 4-0 by French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in their first tie of Champions League round of 16 but they fought hard to seal the historic win knocking out PSG.
Barcelona grabbed an early lead on the 3rd minute mark as Luis Suarez header crossed the line as indicated by goal-line technology. At the break, Barca was ahead by 2-0 courtesy of Layvin Kurzawa’s own goal.
Spanish champions were 5-3 down on aggregate in the 88th minute, but managed to score three goals in the final seven minutes in one of the greatest European comebacks of all time.
Edinson Cavani had lashed home for PSG on 61 minutes and the quarter-finals looked beyond Barca, but they obviously had not read the script. The hosts were fast on pace and the relentless knock on PSG’s door came with a reward.
Lionel Messi scored from the spot before Brazilian star Neymar’s converted a free-kick from the edge of the box and later scored through a penalty as well.
Neymar then turned from a score to a provider by setting Sergi Roberto’s 95th-minute winner as it sealed the much awaited victory on an incredible night at the Nou Camp.
Cavani, in his prolific goals coring form had given his side a hope of holding on in the 62nd-minute by fine finish in the box. However, he faces criticism after wasting vital chances to put the tie to bed.
The Paris based side is struggling to catch up with League 1 leaders Monaco as the title is far from safe. They are Trailing Monaco by three points and will need to recover quickly to keep up their challenge for a domestic double.