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Barcelona score 6 goals against Paris Saint-Germain, stage biggest comeback in Champions League history

Barcelona On Wednesday Became The First Team In Champions League History To Bounce Back After Four-goal Deficit In A Knockout Game Against Paris Saint-Germain To Claim Extraordinary 6-1 Victory, Courtesy Goal During Stoppage Time By Sergio Roberto.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Prakhar Sharma | Updated on: 09 Mar 2017, 08:13:52 AM
Lionel Messi (file photo)

New Delhi:

Barcelona on Wednesday became the first team in Champions League history to bounce back after four-goal deficit in a knockout game against Paris Saint-Germain to claim extraordinary 6-1 victory, courtesy goal during stoppage time by Sergio Roberto.

Edinson Cavani looked to have wrecked Barcelona's dreams by volleying in an away goal to make the score 3-1 but two late strikes from Neymar set up a thrilling finale before Roberto scored to seal a 6-5 aggregate win for the Spanish side.

Barcelona began to believe in the impossible dream of clawing back their shock 4-0 loss from the first leg when Luis Suarez headed over the line in the third minute and a Layvin Kurzawa own goal gave them further hope before the break. 

Lionel Messi's penalty five minutes into the second period had the Nou Camp on its feet but Cavani's strike in the 62nd was a sucker punch to Barca's ambitions from which Luis Enrique's side took a while to recover. 

An electric atmosphere gripped the Nou Camp before kick-off after Suarez and Luis Enrique had said they truly believed a comeback was on and the players caught the wave of optimism by swarming all over PSG from the first whistle. 

Trapp struggled to cope with the early pressure and flapped at a high ball, allowing Suarez to jump ahead of him and force the ball over the line. PSG had a penalty appeal turned down when Julian Draxler's low cross struck Javier Mascherano's arm but it was one of few forays forward from PSG in the first half as Barca did all the attacking. 

The Catalans owed their second to another piece of slack defending, however, as Iniesta nudged his way past Marquinhos in the area to knock the ball back into the danger zone and it bounced off the swinging leg of Kurzawa and into the far corner. 

PSG riled Barca supporters by coming back on to the pitch after the break a few minutes late but the Nou Camp was soon celebrating a third as Messi powered a penalty past Trapp after Neymar had been tripped by Thomas Meunier. 

Cavani hit the post but made amends by smashing a loose ball home, although he should have added another but was denied by the feet of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. At the time it did not look to be a crucial miss but Barca had other ideas, scoring three times in six minutes to complete an incredible comeback.

“This is a historic achievement that will be remembered forever,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said after the game.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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First Published : 09 Mar 2017, 07:47:00 AM