Barcelona made Champions League history and proved bookmakers wrong by becoming the first team to overturn a first-leg 4-0 deficit and knock out Paris St-Germain to reach the quarterfinals for the 10th successive season. It ended 6-1 on aggregate.
With goals from Barca talisman, Lionel Messi who had predicted at the first leg a fortnight ago that they would turn the tables against the French giants, Neymar who scored twice from the spot and a free kick and set up the final 95th goal for youthful Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez header in three minutes of action and PSG’s Layvin Kurzuwa own goal, the Spanish giants were home and dry.
PSG, which had drubbed Barca in their first encounter, 4-0 and looked invincible at the start, were a shadow of their former self as they fumbled in defense and confused without the connecting touch of lanky Di Maria, who watched regretfully from the bench.
Predictable, Nou Camp went agog as men and children shed tears of joy at the unbelievable scene emerging before their eyes.
Edinson Cavani lashed home for PSG on 61 minutes and the quarterfinals looked beyond Barca, but they obviously had not read the script.
Neymar curled a sumptuous free-kick into the top corner before Suarez won a penalty and gave it to the Brazilian to convert – which he did comfortably, leaving Barca with one goal to find in injury time.
And Neymar, who put in one of his finest ever performances, turned provider for substitute Roberto who poked home his first goal of the season as the Nou Camp exploded.
‘It was a horror movie not a drama’ – what the managers said
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique:
“It is a difficult night to explain with words.
“It was a horror movie, not a drama, with a Camp Nou that I have seen very few times as a player or coach.
“What defines this victory is the faith that the players and fans had.”
Paris St-Germain manager Unai Emery:
“The truth is we have let a huge opportunity get away and we are aware of that.
“In the last two minutes we lost everything we had recovered in the second-half. Barcelona are capable of this in their stadium.
“In the last few minutes they played all or nothing and they have beaten us.”
In another match of the day, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Benfica to ease into the Champions League quarter-finals. It was 4-0 at the blow of final whistle, giving Dortmund 4-1 Benfica on aggregate