Barcelona finished one of the greatest comebacks in football history as Paris Saint-Germain choked on an unbelievable night at Camp Nou out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory that modify the record books.
No team had ever overturned a four-goal deficit in a knockout tie, but Sergi Roberto’s stoppage-time goal completed a 6-5 comprehensive win that sparked delirious scenes of celebration inside the Nou Camp and sent Barca through to the last eight.
Edinson Cavani looked to have broken down Barcelona’s dreams by volleying in an away goal to make the score 3-1 but two late strikes from Neymar set up a breathtaking finale before Roberto sealed the Spanish side’s unlikely victory.
“This is an extreme, unique sport. Children and adults here tonight will never forget what happened,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters.
“I dedicate this win to all Barca fans who kept confidence in us. We were extremely criticized after the first leg.”
Barcelona began to believe in the unfeasible dream of clawing back their shock 4-0 loss from the first leg when Luis Suarez headed over the line in the third minute and a Layvin Kurzawa own goal gave them additional hope before the break.
Lionel Messi’s penalty five minutes into the second period had the Nou Camp on its feet but Cavani’s strike in the 62nd was a marking punch to Barca’s ambitions from which Luis Enrique’s side took a while to pick up.
A curled free kick from Neymar in the 88th minute gave them hope and the Brazilian transformed a penalty before replacement Roberto slid in to knock the ball beyond Kevin Trapp from a chipped free-kick and send Barca through.
Man of the match award goes to … Neymar, unquestionably. He was amazing throughout and it was his wonderful late free-kick that gave Barcelona a glimmer of hope after Edinson Cavani scored an away goal for PSG. On TV, Ivan Rakitic is under pressure to make sense of it all, but compares his side’s win to the Super Bowl this year. Truth be told, I think this knocks the New England Patriots’ efforts into a cocked hat and was a lot more remarkable. It will mesmerize to hear what PSG make of tonight’s events and to see how or if they recover. In the meantime in Germany, Borussia Dortmund also overcame a deficit in fine style: they’ve beaten Benfica 4-0 to go through 4-1 on aggregate.
90 min+2: GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL! The comeback is complete! 👏👏👏👏@SergiRoberto10
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017
Hats off to Sid Lowe, who has phenomenally kept it together in the most difficult situation imaginable for a football match reporter to send across this on-the-whistle report. Amazing work on an amazing night at Camp Nou.