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Barcelona pull off a comeback for the ages

Barcelona pull off a comeback for the ages

 

“Gol gol gol gol gol gol……! T’estimo Sergi…! T’estimo Sergi…! T’estimo Sergi…!! T’estimo Sergi Roberto!!!”

In one of the greatest comebacks in sports, Barcelona defeated Paris St Germain (PSG) 6 -1 (6-5 aggregate) on a raucous Tuesday night at the Camp Nou. Barcelona now advance to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

After capitulating in the first leg in Paris, Barcelona threw caution to the wind and defeated PSG, 6-5, with Sergi Roberto scoring the clincher in the 95th minute off an immaculate chipped pass from Neymar.

Barcelona had a near impossible task. No one had ever come back from a 4-0 defeat in the first leg to advance to the next round.

Things looked up when Barcelona scored in the third minute off a Luis Suarez header. They would score again in the 40th minute after a Kurzawa own goal. Barcelona went into the half leading 2-0. The remontada looked well on its way.

PSG, after playing very defensive the first 45 minutes, decided to look for a decisive away goal that would kill the game. Manager, Unai Emery, introduced Angel Di Maria for Lucas Moura to try to catch Barcelona on the counter.

Barcelona would wind up getting their third goal via a Messi penalty after Neymar was taken down by Thomas Meunier. It looked like Barcelona was going to pull it off.

However, it would be off a set piece that PSG would score. An unmarked Edinson Cavani rifled one past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the 62nd minute. Suddenly it was 3-1 and Barcelona needed three goals to advance.

The atmosphere in the stadium changed and so did the attitude in the players. PSG would have two one-on-ones versus the keeper to seal the game but Ter Stegen would save Cavani’s shot and Di Maria would shoot his shot wide. It was the 88th minute and everyone was waiting for the full-time whistle.

Neymar would be fouled by Di Maria just outside the box and he would go on to score a magnificent free-kick. It was 4-1 Barcelona but it was nothing more that a consolation goal.

The fourth official displayed that there would five minutes of added time to the match. At the 91st minute, there would be a foul on Luis Suarez and a penalty for Barcelona. Neymar, who played a great game took. the penalty.

With four minutes, left there was a chill of excitement at the Camp Nou. Once again, the comeback was on and people were on the edge of their seats. There was a foul on the goalie in the 94th minute and it Barcelona’s final chance. Neymar would send a cross into the box and the sub, Sergi Roberto, would cement himself in blaugrana history.

Pure pandemonium. Sergi Robero cemented the greatest comeback in Champions League history. It was a moment that all Barcelona fans will never forget. The comeback was celebrated by fans and neutrals alike. The analysts and journalists at the Camp Nou were not immune and also celebrated.

Visca Barca! Visca Catalunya!