Breaks Record, Re-Writes History. Nou Camp offered Barcelona the stage to do the unprecedented display of soccer after the whole world ruled them out of the UEFA champions’ league quarter finals. In the first league, PSG in their home soil ‘Parc des Princes’, beat Barcelona with unexpected goal margin of four, hence many concluding the impossibilities for the Spanish giants qualifying.
Backed by the fact that no team has ever overcome a four goal first leg deficit in the round of 16, it became justifiable that the Catalan had hit dead end. On the other side, a small number of predictors could tell Enrique’s boys were headed for something distinctive, considering the fact that their last two matches were won with big goal margin 5 nil against Celta De Vigo and 6 – 1 against sporting Gijon.
As early as second minute, Luis Suarez headed the ball to the net after delay by PSG defenders to clear the ball in the box. Hopes seemed restored at the thought of a goal by every two minute, PSG did not have the usual attacking mindset, decided to play defensive as they assumed a four goal margin would be mission impossible.
Team Captain Andrei Iniesta by the 40th minute flipped a ball that was destined to be a goal kick with the back of his foot, deflecting on Layvin Kurzawa into the net. The Own goal resonated more hopes and brought positive atmosphere in Camp Nou as the four goal condition was chopped to two but still PSG couldn’t change tactics and continued to defend.
Lionel Messi became part of the history writing too in as far as goal scorers are concerned by converting successfully a 50th minute spot kick. Twelve minutes later Edison Cavani finally scores an emphatic goal with a brilliant shot shattering all hopes available in the stadium. Tears, discouragements, despair was visible in the faces of players, technical team, coach and stewards of the stadium of the La Liga defending champions as PSG felt back and alive again.
Brazilian forward Neymar Jr’s definite free kick at 88th made it four goals completing the MSN combination. Two minutes later he scored his second goal of the night by a wonderfully converted penalty, restoring absolutely the hopes and dreams of the Spanish side. Football fraternity that watched in disbelief as apparently record was at the verge of unbelievable breakage.
At 90 + 4 minutes, 25 years old Substitute Sergi Roberto raised Neymar’s aerial pass over and beyond PSG goal keeper Kevin Trapp making the score 6 – 1, which goal happened to be Roberto’s first goal in his career for Barcelona. Emotions, tears of Joy, overwhelmed excitement became the scenery at the arena as great Barcelona broke record, re – rewrote history, proved critics wrong.
Coach Enrique who had come after serious scrutiny in European football next to Arsene Wenger, said, “I was brought to my knees.” Midfielder Ivan Rakitic said, “Crazy and unbelievable, it was really impossible.” Neymar said, “It’s the best match I have ever played in my life.” PSG President Nasser Al – Khelaifi said, “it’s a nightmare for everyone. Three goals in seven minutes is very difficult.”
Full Time Score
Barcelona 6 – 1 PSG [aggregate 6 – 5]