The greatest comeback in Champions League history
Barcelona make history with a stunning comeback against PSG to remain in the Champions League. Losing 4-0 in the away leg meant remaining in the Champions League was an impossible task. No team in the history of that competition has recovered from a 4-0 loss, but Barcelona are no ordinary team.
A home game at Camp Nou on Wednesday night started off perfectly for Barcelona when Suarez headed in two minutes after the starting whistle. Then some magic from Iniesta saw him back-heel across the goal accidentally go in from PSG’s Kurzawa. The first half ended with Barcelona cutting PSG’s four goal advantage down to two.
After the break, Barca had another stunning start when Messi struck from a penalty after Neymar was blocked then tripped by Thomas Meunier. It was now 3-0 and 3-4 agg and there was a real chance Barcelona could win this. But the party nearly ended when Cavani struck the post to just miss out on a vital away goal. It is important to note that away goals are more valuable than home goals if the final aggregate score is a draw. So a 5-5 aggregate score would still see PSG through to the next round as Barcelona have no away goals against PSG in their two legs. However, a goal from PSG would mean they had one away goal and would still win against Barcelona unless they went one goal better. However shortly after, this nightmare scenario happened when a stunning Cavani trivella hit the back of the net. Was this the goal that would end Barcelona’s dream comeback? Barcelona now had to win this 6-5 on aggregate and needed three more goals in this match to achieve it.
The game played on with Barca fans coming to terms with bowing out of the Champions League as every minute passed. But near the end of the match, Neymar slotted home a stunning free kick in the 88th minute followed by a penalty in minute 90. Suddenly there was hope and the Barca fans were on the edge of their seats. But there was only 5 minutes of extra time left and in the dying seconds and the last kick of the match was a stunning goal from substitute Sergi Roberto. He stretched out to score in similar fashion to to Götze’s world cup goal for Germany in 2014 after Neymar sent the ball near the goal. Barcelona had done the impossible, and were through to the next round of Champions League with PSG bowing out.
Man of match was Neymar, there was no doubt about that. The Brazilian was instrumental for most of Barcelona’s goals. But this is partly explained with PSG’s focus on shutting down Messi which helps free up the other players, especially the forwards. But does anything compare to this comeback match? Not in Champions League at least. Congratulations Barcelona, you have made the impossible possible.