FC Barcelona moves to the quarterfinals after historic win over PSG.
March 9, 2017 – CNN
Its motto is “More than a club” and Spain’s Barcelona produced more than a result Wednesday routing France’s Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals.
Having lost the first leg 4-0 in Paris, few had given Barca a chance of reaching the last eight given no side had previously overturned such a deficit in the history of the competition.
The home side was coasting, but just past the hour Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani’s volley seemingly put PSG back in control with a crucial away goal, meaning Barca needed to score three more times.
However, with two minutes of normal time remaining Neymar’s exquisite free-kick gave Barca renewed hope, and two goals in stoppage time completed the most incredible of comebacks.
Those five minutes of stoppage time almost defy description.
In the 91st minute Luis Suarez, who had given Barcelona an early lead, won a penalty, which Neymar converted.
With time running out Barcelona threw everyone forward — even goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
And almost with the last kick of the game the decisive goal came from the most unlikely of sources — not the club’s famed South American strikers Messi, Neymar or Suarez — but defender Sergi Roberto, who was born in Catalonia and is a product of Barca’s youth academy.
The scenes in the Nou Camp press area looked as chaotic as events on the field, with journalist Reshmin Chowdhury tweeting a video of his astonished media colleagues trying to come to terms with what they had just witnessed — let alone report it.
“This is a crazy, unique sport,” Enrique said. “I dedicate this win to all Barça fans who kept faith in us.
“No one stopped believing,” he added. “The team was spectacular. We were rewarded in the end.”