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Barcelona pulled off the most miraculous comeback in the history of European competition with a 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain to see it progress to the quarterfinals of the Champions League 6-5 on aggregate. The record-setting fight back was completed only in the final minute of injury time when Sergi Roberto touched home from close range to send the Camp Nou into jubilation and leave PSG looking on in a state of utter dejection and disbelief.

Barcelona’s hopes of becoming the first team in Champions League history to overcome a 4-0 first-leg deficit looked dead and buried when Edinson Cavani scored with a little under 30 minutes remaining. That halted the home side’s comeback in its tracks and left the Catalans needing three further goals, to the three it had already scored, to progress.

But with two minutes remaining Neymar raised Barcelona’s hopes once more. His brilliant free-kick curled into the top corner of the net also succeeded in restoring PSG's nerves, which had only received the most temporary of reprieves. 

And when Neymar converted another set-piece, this time from the penalty spot, as the clock ticked into injury time, suddenly the unthinkable was on. Had the match ended at that point, away goals would have settled the tie – surely a far from fitting way to end a contest of such unthinkable drama. 

 


 

But Sergi Roberto instead ensured that Barcelona's efforts would not be in vein. With everyone, including Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the PSG box for a free-kick, the Barcelona youth product stayed alive as the initial ball in was cleared. And when Neymar chipped the ball back into the danger zone, Sergi Roberto stretched out his leg just enough to take the ball past the French champion's goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

Earlier, Barcelona's dormant hopes had been lifted when Luis Suarez scrambled in a thrid-minute goal. The tie was really reborn when another goal-mouth scramble saw PSG defender Thomas Meunier put the ball into his own net five minutes before halftime. And when, shortly after the restart, Lionel Messi converted a penalty, awarded after the referee consulted with his assistant behind the goal, there only looked to be one winner.

Barcelona, though, would have to make the comeback an even more extraordinary one before taking its place in the quarterfinals for a 10th successive season.



All Goals HD - Barcelona 6-1 PSG - 08.03.2017 by FranceCup3