The greatest of all comebacks

Marco Verratti

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was hailed for masterminding Wednesday's incredible comeback to overturn a 4-0 deficit against Paris St Germain and book the Spanish side's place in the Champions League quarter-finals. The 0-4 defeat in the first leg of the Round of 16 meant that Barca needed to score at least 5 points in the second leg on March 8, all while keeping PSG - one of the best squads in the world - scoreless.

Luis Suarez, 29, kicked off this history-making comeback two minutes into the game, securing the first goal.

It was a happy moment at Camp Nou after Sergi Roberto scored the injury-time victor as Barcelona entered the champions League quarter-finals with a 6-5 aggergate win.

Barcelona have won 7-0 against Celtic, 4-0 against Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach at Camp Nou in the Champions League this season - three results that give them confidence they can cause the upset.

It's the third time in 10 years the German side have made it to the last eight of Europe's top club competition.

"Before. we believed and now even more", Neymar added on Barca's chances winning a sixth Champions League.

"I would like to thank everyone who kept their faith after we lost 4-0". After the Gunners failed to mount the greatest comeback in Champions League history - instead enduring the greatest humiliation ever inflicted on an English team - the baton now passes to Barcelona. We didn't manage to qualify, but we'll continue.

Arsene Wenger makes controversial Champions League claim: Arsenal fans won't believe this
Praising his team's effort, Wenger added that the result did not "reflect the courage of the performance". Granted, the Premier League side's target was hardly the most ambitious.

Despite Luis Suarez's early opener, a Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi's penalty, Barca looked down and out when Edinson Cavani volleyed home what seemed to be the vital away goal for PSG.

'I then spoke to the players of the Barca, they told me that it was finished.

"No, I can not believe it", he said, per Goal.

However, the sheer joy and jubilation of the Nou Camp that Sergi Roberto's last-ditch victor produced actually caused a trembling underground. His tactics in the first half, which allowed Barca to get back in the series, and choice of second-half subs immediately came in for heavy criticism in the French press.

"This is why we watch the game", Fox Sports 1 commentator Alexi Lalas said.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan tweeted after the match: "You call it "football team", we call it "Barça".

Fit-again PSG captain Thiago Silva will return for the visitors in the only expected change from the first leg.

Related:

Comments


Other news