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Barcelona make history with stunning comeback

Written By Makis Savramis on Πέμπτη, 9 Μαρτίου 2017 | 7:47 π.μ.

Barcelona pulled off the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history, obliterating Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 first-leg win with a 6-1 victory, Sergi Roberto scoring the decisive goal at the last.

Substitute Sergi Roberto scored a dramatic last-gasp goal as Barcelona pulled off the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history to pip Paris Saint-Germain to the quarter-finals.

Beaten 4-0 in the first leg, Barça set out determined to become the first team in UEFA club competition history to overcome that deficit – and their hopes of a famous 'remontada' began taking tangible form when Luis Suárez beat Kevin Trapp to a bouncing ball and headed just over the goal line with less than three minutes gone.

Worse was to come for a Paris team struggling to make an impact when Andrés Iniesta bustled through to the byline on to Suárez's flicked pass and back-heeled a pass which Layvin Kurzawa inadvertently knocked beyond Trapp.

Lionel Messi then converted a penalty after Thomas Meunier had blocked Neymar as Barça made a blistering start to the second half to move within a goal of parity, but Edinson Cavani, who had hit the post moments earlier, seemingly put the tie to bed when he blasted high into the net after 62 minutes.

That sucked the intensity from the game, Cavani only denied a second by Marc-André Ter Stegen's boot when clean through and Ángel Di María taking too long in another one-on-one. However, Neymar revived the fightback in the 88th minute with a superb free-kick, and then fired in a spot kick after Marquinhos was penalised for impeding Suárez to set up an incredible finale

The hosts required a single goal once again, and had five minutes of added time in which to find it. In the very last of them, Neymar lifted a pass over the defence and substitute Sergi Roberto stabbed in to spark euphoria in the Camp Nou stands.

Key player: Neymar (Barcelona)
This remarkable result would have been impossible without the full contribution of every player, but nobody had a greater hand in the thrilling climax than Neymar. Having already caught the eye with a sublime curled effort just wide of the target in the first half, the Brazil forward brought his team back from the dead with a wonderful free-kick and set Paris nerves jangling again from the spot. Fittingly, it was he who then teed up Sergi Roberto for an unbelievable finish.


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