How Barcelona scripted historic turnaround against PSG

How did they do that?!

On Wednesday, Barcelona put together one of the more incredible displays we'll ever see in Champions League soccer.

Comparing it to the New England Patriots' comeback in the Super Bowl isn't that far off. This is even more unreal.

PSG still know that two minutes into five minutes of stoppage time they are still the strong favourites to go through on away goals, but there was a sting in the tail.

But with virtually the last pass of the game, Neymar drifted in from the right and lofted over a ideal ball for Sergi Roberto to guide home on the volley from close range to complete the most unexpected of comebacks.

"If we were capable of scoring four goals against Madrid at the Bernabeu, why can't we score four against Paris at the Camp Nou?" the Uruguayan said.

"This is a historic achievement that will be remembered forever", Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu said after the game. Three minutes later he struck again from the penalty spot in the first minute of added time, sending Trapp the wrong way after Suarez had been fouled by Marquinhos.

Defender Layvin Kurzawa was at fault for Barcelona's second goal in the 40th, when he turned Andres Iniesta's back-heeled flick into his own net and ignited the 96,000-plus crowd.

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While that goal probably made PSG fans sit up in their seats, it was the next that made them sweat. But those achievements came with Neymar acting as a support player to the one-and-only Lionel Messi.

Barcelona will seek to overturn the big deficit at home with the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar leading the line, something that has to be given close attention to by the PSG defence if they are to come away with a result. That made Barcelona's task so much harder.

The only time PSG eliminated Barcelona in the Champions League was in 1994/95 quarter-finals (3-2 on aggregate).

It was as if the game was over. PSG entered the day with a four-goal on aggregate goals after a dominant first leg, but Barcelona erased it with three goals in the final seven minutes of an epic 6-1 victory. Somehow, they did it.

Neymar's free kick curled inside the near post of Kevin Trapp's goal, rekindling the comeback attempt. He then made the pass that Sergi Roberto tapped in for the dramatic victor in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time.

Instead they were roundly beaten 6-1 and went out of the competition, with the French media suggesting it was the most humiliating defeat in the club's history.

Barcelona pulled it off.

"If you play Barcelona in the Champions League, it's a special night [already]", Draxler told ESPN FC.


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