This day will remain in the memory of all football fans all over the world. The day that will go down in history. The day when for the first time ever Barcelona has surpassed itself and managed to overcome a four-goal deficit. But this is even more that figures or score. This club, these players, have done everything. But they have never done this.
It is hard to imagine what a heartbreaking disappointment Paris Saint-Germain felt. They came into this second leg with significant advantage. But as the events came thick and fast, glory turned to dust. The team scored a precious away goal, which should have ended it, then missed two golden chances and somehow conceded three times in the final eight minutes, including five added minutes.
Barca coach Luis Enrique – tired, facing hard times and broken after the first leg of this last-16 tie – said if his team could concede four goals in Paris then they could score six to reach the quarter-finals. And they did score six.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are two strongest and wealthiest clubs in world football with huge financial backing. Their match would be exciting in any case. But this time it all centered on a desperate desire to win and a flood of emotion as PSG were over-wrought and Barca were left with nothing but naked competitiveness and some wonderful, remarkable skill to see them through.
This was a night when Barca proved that all rumors about their demise are premature, when Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, all scored, had to reassert themselves.
The game wasn’t even a ‘miracle of Messi’. He had played his part with the third goal of the night, but the win owed as much to Luis Suarez’s insatiable belief in the impossible, Neymar’s jaw-dropping genius and the never-say-die attitude of a team who used to woo the world with its football but will now be remembered for its guts too.
🔴🔵 Orgulho 🙌. Obrigado CAMP NOU!
— André Gomes (@aftgomes) March 8, 2017
So here we are. Paris Saint-Germain are out, having surrendered a four-goal lead from the first leg. Barcelona made the most of their opponents’ mental fragility to suffocate them for an hour, while scoring three goals. The hope seemed to appear after Edinson Cavani scored for PSG, but a wonderful free-kick from Neymar cleared up the situation before Barca plundered two more tie-winning goals in added time.
This was an amazing game of football. It will remain in history as a night when Barcelona gritted out a victory from Paris Saint-Germain having showed some top-class game.