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Fireworks in Camp Nou as Barcelona steamroll Paris Saint-Germain to progress to the quarter-finals

Thursday 9th March 2017
Last night was one to remember as Barcelona overturned a 4-0 deficit by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 on the night, making history in the process. The Catalans were written off to stage a comeback but somehow managed to do just that.
Barcelona's chances of going through to the quarterfinal stages of the Champions League were dealt a massive blow when they lost 4-0 at the Parc des Princes a fortnight ago. The defeat seemed to have damaged the Blaugrana's hopes of progressing severely with the return clash at the Camp Nou looking just a formality.

However, it was anything but a formality. Right from the first whistle, Barcelona showed their intent - this wasn't going to be a cake walk for the French champions and it didn't take long for the Catalan giants to open the scoring through Luis Suarez.

The Parisians were hanging on for dear life and were determined to go into the break with just a 1-0 deficit, but an own goal from Layvin Kurzawa meant they went into the half-time break 2-0 down but leading 4-2 on aggregate.

The second half began in dramatic fashion as it took only 5 minutes for Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi to pull his side 3 goals ahead via means of a penalty, now needing only a goal to draw level on aggregate. But it was PSG who scored next to seemingly put the tie to bed.

Barcelona weren't going to throw in the towel just yet and Neymar bundled the ball home in the 88th minute to set up a tense finish to what was turning out to be an interesting match all-round.

5 minutes of stoppage time was added, much to the anguish of PSG boss Unai Emery who was shouting at his players not to blow this away. They didn't seem to hear him and it took only a minute into stoppage time for Barcelona to go 5-1 up and now needing just a goal to progress to the quarter-finals.

The whole footballing world was on its feet to watch the final few minutes at the Camp Nou. Then the impossible happened - Sergi Roberto scored right at the death to fully swing the tie in Barcelona's favour! Sparking wild celebrations almost in every part of the world (not too sure about the French capital though)

What was the coaches reaction?

Luis Enrique, as you'd expect, went wild with celebrations on the touchline, and later joked that the celebrations had made him lose his ligaments.
"I was brought to my knees. I would like to thank everyone who kept their faith after we lost 4-0. This is dedicated to them because this isn't the Harum Globetrotters, this is football." he told reporters after the game

"We risked everything and it paid off, you get finales like this very occasionally in football and this time is our turn."

Unai Emery was far from impressed with his side for throwing away a 4-0 lead in the tie. The former Sevilla boss blamed the capitulation at Catalonia on the multiple mistakes accrued by his side in the game.

"In the last minutes we lost everything we worked so hard for, there is no explanation for what happened in the final minutes. It was all or nothing."


The clash in Spain was a thrilling one. Not every day do you get to see 7 goals scored in a single Champions League game. The celebrations in the Barcelona camp is sure to last for a long time indeed whilst PSG will be scratching their heads to know how they let such a lead slip away from their grasp.
Adoyi Joshua Adoyi

Adoyi is a Nigerian with a keen passion for sports  - more so football and is an avid supporter of Manchester United. He spends his weekends glued to his TV screen, watching the beautiful game.

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