Barcelona Routs Paris St.-Germain 6-1 (6-5 Aggregate) To Reach Champions League Quarter-finals - uSports.org

Log In

  • Home  /
  • News   / Daily Digest   /
  • Barcelona Routs Paris St.-Germain 6-1 (6-5 Aggregate) To Reach Champions League Quarter-finals
Barcelona Routs Paris St.-Germain 6-1 (6-5 Aggregate) To Reach Champions League Quarter-finals Full view

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Sergi Roberto of Barcelona scores their sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barcelona Routs Paris St.-Germain 6-1 (6-5 Aggregate) To Reach Champions League Quarter-finals

Sergi Roberto proved to be the unlikely hero for Barcelona on Wednesday after he scored the winning goal in stoppage time of his team’s 6-1 home victory over Paris St. Germain.

Barcelona Beats PSG 6-5 On Aggregate to Reach Champions League Quarter-finals

Barcelona made Champions League history with the win by becoming the first club overturn a 4-0 deficit in the first leg of the tournament’s Round of 16.

Following their 6-5 aggregate victory, the Catalan club will advance to the Champions League quarter-finals for the 10th straight season.

After Roberto’s goal in the 95th minute— his first of the season— his teammates rushed to celebrate with the 25-year-old Spaniard, who had scored on a cross by kicking the ball in before it even hit the ground, while Lionel Messi ran toward the fans. When he reached the edge of the field at Camp Nou, the Argentine jumped atop an advertising board and held his arms up high. Messi stayed there for a few seconds, then dropped to be embraced by his adoring fans.

Chants of “Si se puede, si se puede!”  (“Yes we can, yes we can!”) filled the Camp Nou.

Three weeks earlier, on Feb. 14, Barcelona had suffered a crushing 4-0 loss to the same opponents in Paris. A few days later, Barca’s manager Luis Enrique confirmed he would leave at the end of the season, stating the job had left him “exhausted.” Now, the team gave their home crowd of 96,000 a reason to celebrate.

Barcelona has been a European soccer powerhouse for the last 10 years. It boasts four Champions League titles— 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015— and has reached the semifinals of the tournament for the past seven years.

Nevertheless, their roster is aging. Several greats have left, including Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol, while others are nearing the final years of their careers. Luis Suarez is 30 and Messi will reach that age in June. Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique are past the 30 mark.

The Catalans were up 3-1 (down 5-3 on aggregate) in the 88th minute but scored three goals in the final seven minutes, including two from Neymar (one free-kick and one penalty).

Suarez opened scoring with a header just three minutes into the game, and then PSG’s French defender Layvin Kurzawa scored an own goal in the 40th to give Barca a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Five minutes after the break, Neymar fell over Thomas Meunier in the box and Messi scored the penalty to make it 3-0.

Edinson Cavani scored PSG’s lone goal in the 62nd minute, but then Neymar and substitute Roberto provided the big moments for Barcelona in the end.

There were many different ways to describe the grand comeback victory, and several members of Barcelona’s squad weighed in on the moment.

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic called it the team’s “Super Bowl” moment, with Neymar acting as Barca’s Tom Brady. Enrique described the game “Like a film. A horror film, not a thriller.” Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, abandoned his post and trotted up the field to join the celebration.

Clearly, it all felt like a dream that had not yet fully sunk in for Barcelona.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 08: Sergi Roberto of Barcelona scores their sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chat With uSports On Facebook! Get the latest news and interviews delivered directly to your Messenger!

Featured articles on uInterview.com

Written by Pablo Mena

Writer and assistant editor for usports.org. NY Giants and Rangers fan. Film and TV enthusiast (especially Harry Potter and The Office) and lover of foreign languages and cultures.

Latest News

Detroit Tiger’s Relief Pitcher Tyler Alexander Ties Record With 9 Consecutive Strikeouts

Detroit Tiger’s Relief Pitcher Tyler Alexander Ties Record With 9 Consecutive Strikeouts

In Game 1 of the Detroit Tigers series against the Reds, relief pitcher Tyler Alexander took the mound and struck…

Iowa Center Luka Garza Announces His Return To School

Iowa Center Luka Garza Announces His Return To School

On Monday, Iowa Hawkeye’s center Luka Garza in a letter posted to the school’s website announced that he would be withdrawing…

Oklahoma State Rep. Sean Roberts Threatens Thunder Players With Tax Penalty If They Kneel During Anthem

Oklahoma State Rep. Sean Roberts Threatens Thunder Players With Tax Penalty If They Kneel During Anthem

The backlash to the NBA restart’s message of social justice and racial equality has begun with Oklahoma state Rep. Sean…

Patriots’ Tight End Matt LaCosse Opts Out Of Season Adding To Teams Woes

Patriots’ Tight End Matt LaCosse Opts Out Of Season Adding To Teams Woes

The Patriots have, by far, the highest number of players who have opted out of the 2020 season with the…

Mets Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes No-Show At Braves Game, Opts Out Of Season

Mets Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes No-Show At Braves Game, Opts Out Of Season

In what would usually be a case of classic Mets bad luck and ineptitude is now just another entry in…

Veteran RB LeSean McCoy Signs With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Veteran RB LeSean McCoy Signs With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In a normal NBA season, there is a time after the All-Star Break and the trade deadline where a lot…

ACC Sets Schedule Of 11 Games For Fall Football

ACC Sets Schedule Of 11 Games For Fall Football

While it is highly unlikely that there will be any more college football played in 2020, the ACC board of…

Giants Play ‘Black National Anthem,’ “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Prior To Home Opener

Giants Play ‘Black National Anthem,’ “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Prior To Home Opener

The San Francisco Giants, who were the first team to show solidarity with the BLM movement in calling for racial…

Mike Trout Put On Paternity Leave

Mike Trout Put On Paternity Leave

On Thursday, the Anaheim Angels announced that they had placed three-time MVP, Mike Trout, on paternity leave. Trout who was expected…

Aaron Judge Three-Run Homer Leads Yankees To 8-6 Win Over Orioles

Aaron Judge Three-Run Homer Leads Yankees To 8-6 Win Over Orioles

In what seemed like a blown lead for the Yankees when the Orioles roared back against them after their five-run…

LeBron James, Anthony Davies & Other NBA Players Kneel For Anthem As NBA Returns

LeBron James, Anthony Davies & Other NBA Players Kneel For Anthem As NBA Returns

With the NBA restarting it’s season Thursday night for eight seeding games before they start the playoffs, every player and…

Chiefs RB Damien Wiliams Opts Out Of 2020 Season

Chiefs RB Damien Wiliams Opts Out Of 2020 Season

The Kansas City Chiefs, who will look to defend their Super Bowl this upcoming season, will now be without two…