Barcelona became the first team in the history of European club football to overturn a 4-0 goal deficit, beating Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in a dramatic second-leg clash to progress to the quarter-finals of this season’s competition 6-5 on aggregate.
Barcelona trailed 4-0 heading into this contest, after a disastrous outing in Paris a fortnight ago and needed nothing short of a miracle in order to progress to the next round. Something they conjured!
After goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and an own-goal from Layvin Kurzawa within the first 50 minutes, we were guaranteed a dramatic final 40 minutes of the contest.
When Edinson Cavani fired into the roof of the Barcelona net to bag his 38th goal of the season, it appeared as though it was curtains for the Catalan giants, as they needed three goals in order to pull through.
However, two late goals from Neymar turned the game on its head.
The Brazilian forward fired home a stunning free-kick which left Marc-Andre ter Stegen motionless in the PSG goal. Neymar then fired home from the penalty spot to put Barcelona within one goal of the quarter-finals.
As we entered the fifth minute of stoppage time, Roberto found that goal and the Nou Camp crowd went ballistic to down PSG supporters spirit in a game where Luis Enrique’s side scored six of the only seven shots they had on target.
Elsewhere, Gabon striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang became the fifth African footballer to score a hat-trick in the Champions League to help Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund progress to the last eight, beating Benfica 4-0 at the Signal Iduna Park.
Christian Pulisic netted the fourth goal of the the game in the 59th minute in between Aubameyang’s treble as they brushed the Portuguese team aside and advanced to the next round 4-1 on aggregate.