FC Barcelona: Team of Destiny
March 10, 2017
Messi and FC Barcelona were back at it again on Wednesday night at the Nou Camp dueling against Paris Saint-Germain in which they were down 4-0 on aggregate (the score over two games.) Many fans and experts thought the series was sealed up and that the French champions would move on to the final eight in a historic upset.
But they were wrong.
The most decorated team in all of soccer, and whom the best player of the world pledges his allegiance to, pulled off arguably the best comeback ever witnessed on a soccer pitch.
Barcelona started the game off attack heavy, Luis Suarez scored in the third minute off a header to put the Catalans up 1-0 in the third minute, Barcelona quickly showed PSG that there was no way PSG would leave the Nou Camp without a fight.
In the 40th minute, the Spanish champions got a big break after Layvin Kurzawa deflected the ball into his own net to put Barca up 2-0.
At halftime, many were mulling the idea that Barcelona could come back from this massive deficit, and once the whistle went off to start the second half, that became very apparent.
In the 50th minute, Lionel Messi fired a penalty kick into the back of the net to put them 3-0. But, PSG quickly responded when Suarez’s Uruguayan teammate, Edinson Cavani, scored the the fifth away aggregate goal which many thought would be Barcelona’s death wish.
But in Barcelona like fashion, the “Blaugrana” came back to score 3 goals in the final ten minutes of the game.
From the 85th minute onward, Barcelona scored 3 times, while PSG only completed 4 passes within the final minutes, 3 of those passes were the kick off pass after conceding a goal.
Neymar scored on a stellar free kick and converted a penalty, while Sergi Roberto tapped in a pass in injury time to put the Catalans in the lead on aggregate. When the goal hit the back of the net, the stadium went hysterical, as well as the players, the entire team, including bench players ran over to congratulate Roberto on his dagger that went right into the heart of PSG players and fans.
While many thought PSG and Cavani delivered the finishing blow, it turns out that Barcelona and Sergi Roberto thought otherwise.