UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, Second-leg
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
40′ Kurzawa (OG)
49′ Messi (P)
90′ Neymar (P)
Barcelona produced the mother of all comebacks to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit to thrash Paris Saint-German 6-1 on the night at the Camp Nou and win 6-5 on aggregate to progress into their tenth consecutive UEFA Champions League Quarter-final.
Luis Suárez put the Catalans ahead early in the first-half before Layvin Kurzawa’s own-goal five minutes before the break doubled Barcelona’s lead. Lionel Messi then converted from the penalty-spot before Edinson Cavani pulled a goal back for the visitors and give the Parisians the advantage with the away-goal. However a fine freekick from Neymar gave the hosts hope before the Brazilian scored a contentious penalty after Suárez threw himself to the ground under minimal contact from Marquinhos. The drama wasn’t over however, with seconds remaining, substitute Sergi Roberto latched onto a crossfield pass from Neymar to fire home on the volley and seal an emphatic victory.
The hosts needed a good start if they were to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit and they started well, taking the lead early in the third minute when Suárez headed the ball over the line after PSG failed to deal with a Rafinha cross, despite the best efforts of Thomas Meunier.
In the 14th minute the hosts went close to doubling their lead on the night when Lionel Messi curled a freekick just wide. Two minutes later the Catalans went close again when Neymar cut-inside before curling an effort inches wide from-range.
In the 30th minute the visitors went close when a loose pass from Ivan Rakitić was seized upon by Lucas Moura, but his effort from-range was saved comfortably by Marc-André Ter Stegen.
Four minutes later Barcelona had a good chance when Adrien Rabiot lost possession, allowing Messi to find Suárez but his effort from a tight-angle was tame and Trapp made a straightforward save.
Five minutes before the break the hosts made it two, although again there was a huge slice of luck involved. Marquinhos failed to clear his lines, allowing Andrés Iniesta to back-heel the ball into the danger-area, causing Kurzawa to miscue his clearance with the ball ending up in the back of the net.
Three minutes into the restart the Catalans were given a golden opportunity to reduce the aggregate deficit from the penalty-spot after Neymar was bundled to the ground after Meunier stumbled in the area. Messi stepped up to drilled the resulting-penalty home despite Trapp guessing right.
In the 51st minute the Parisians very nearly snatched an away-goal when Cavani latched onto a teasing delivery from Meunier but his effort hit the post with Ter Stegen well-beaten.
Ten minutes later the visitors found the away-goal when a PSG freekick was nodded back by Kurzawa into the path of Cavani, who drilled an unstoppable strike home on the half-volley. The goal meant that Barcelona now needed three goals.
Two minutes later the French side should have extended their aggregate lead when Cavani was played through on-goal by Julian Draxler, he had just Ter Stegen to beat but the keeper made a fine save with his feet to give Barcelona a glimmer of hope.
Two minutes later the hosts went close to a fourth goal when substitute Arda Turan was played through on-goal but his effort that beat Trapp from a tight-angle, was cleared away on the line by Marquinhos.
In the 73rd minute Barcelona went close again when Messi beat his man before dragging an effort just wide of the target.
Eleven minutes later Paris Saint-Germain had a great chance to put the tie to bed when substitute and former Real Madrid winger Ángel Di María was played through on-goal, he had just Ter Stegen to beat but he miscued his chipped-effort wide.
In the 87th minute the hosts made it four when Neymar curled a freekick terrifically into the top-corner past a helpless Trapp.
Two minutes later Barcelona were given a lifeline when the referee awarded the hosts a penalty after Suárez flung himself to the ground under minimal contact from Marquinhos. It was very harsh on the defender but Neymar stepped up to send Trapp the wrong way and set up an enthralling finale to the game.
Time was running out for the five-time European Champions but with second left on the clock, substitute Roberto was left unmarked to volley home the winner from a fine lofted pass from Neymar.
The result meant that Barcelona progressed into their tenth consecutive Champions League Quarter-final whilst Paris Saint-Germain bowed out at the hands of the Catalans for the third time in five seasons.