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Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain

Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain, also known as La Remontada (The Comeback),[2][3] was the result of the second leg of a UEFA Champions League tie which occurred on 8 March 2017 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. FC Barcelona reversed a four-goal deficit in the second leg of their round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain to win 6–5 on aggregate, making it the largest comeback in UEFA Champions League history.[4][5]

Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain
Camp Nou aerial (cropped).jpg
The Camp Nou in Barcelona hosted the match
Event2016–17 Champions League
Round of 16, second leg
Barcelona won 6–5 on aggregate.
Date8 March 2017 (2017-03-08)
VenueCamp Nou, Barcelona
Man of the MatchNeymar (Barcelona)
RefereeDeniz Aytekin (Germany)
Attendance96,290[1]

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BackgroundEdit

HistoryEdit

It was the third time Paris Saint-Germain faced Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League knockout phases, having lost the two previous encounters in the 2012–13 and the 2014–15 seasons on aggregate.

Group stageEdit

Both teams had comfortably qualified from the group stage. Paris Saint-Germain qualified as runner-up in Group A having faced Arsenal, Basel, and having achieved a 9-point lead over 3rd-placed Ludogorets Razgrad. Barcelona qualified as leaders of Group C, far in front of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Celtic and leading 2nd-place Manchester City by 6 points.

First legEdit

Paris Saint-Germain  4–0  Barcelona
Report
Attendance: 46,484[6]

The first leg was played on 14 February at the Parc des Princes in Paris; both teams were in good shape with Paris Saint-Germain coming from a 3–0 away win at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 and Barcelona thrashing Deportivo Alavés in a 6–0 away win in La Liga.[7][8]

Ángel Di María put the Parisians in front on 18 minutes with a free kick after Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti committed a foul. Julian Draxler made it 2–0 with a low shot in the 40th minute, assisted by Marco Verratti. After 55 minutes, Di María scored once again from a shot outside the box. Edinson Cavani scored the final goal of the game in the 72nd minute, securing the 4–0 win. Barcelona achieved only one shot on target during the whole match.

MatchEdit

SummaryEdit

The second leg was played on 8 March at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Once again, the two teams came into the match having won their league games, Barcelona 5–0 vs. Celta Vigo and Paris Saint-Germain 1–0 against Nancy.[9][10]

The game had an impressive attendance of 96,290[1] despite the home side's heavy defeat in the first game. Barcelona's Luis Suárez scored the first goal of the game in the 3rd minute after heading the ball over the line before it was cleared by Thomas Meunier. In the 40th minute, Paris Saint-Germain's Layvin Kurzawa scored an own goal in an attempt to block a shot by Andrés Iniesta. The third goal came in the 50th minute via a penalty scored by Lionel Messi after Neymar was fouled by Thomas Meunier. Barcelona's hopes were seemingly brought down after Edinson Cavani scored Paris Saint-Germain's only goal in the 62nd minute, leaving them requiring three more to win due to the away goals rule now favouring PSG. Neymar scored two goals in the closing stages – a free kick in the 88th minute and a penalty kick in the 91st – to make it 5–1. In the final seconds of the match, Neymar appeared once again to deliver a cross into the penalty area, and Sergi Roberto scored their sixth and final goal in the 95th minute thus winning the game 6-1 and advancing to the quarter finals 6-5 on aggregate; with the outcome described as "astonishing", "incredible", and "a miracle" by the media.[4][11][12]

DetailsEdit

Barcelona  6–1  Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 96,290[13]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barcelona
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paris Saint-Germain
GK 1   Marc-André ter Stegen
RB 12   Rafinha   76'
CB 14   Javier Mascherano
CB 3   Gerard Piqué   23'
LB 23   Samuel Umtiti
CM 5   Sergio Busquets   36'
RM 4   Ivan Rakitić   61'   84'
LM 8   Andrés Iniesta (c)   65'
RF 10   Lionel Messi
CF 9   Luis Suárez   67'
LF 11   Neymar   64'
Substitutes:
GK 13   Jasper Cillessen
DF 20   Sergi Roberto   76'
DF 18   Jordi Alba
DF 19   Lucas Digne
MF 21   André Gomes   84'
MF 7   Arda Turan   65'
FW 17   Paco Alcácer
Manager:
  Luis Enrique
 
GK 1   Kevin Trapp
RB 12   Thomas Meunier   90+3'
CB 5   Marquinhos   90'
CB 2   Thiago Silva (c)
LB 20   Layvin Kurzawa
RDM 25   Adrien Rabiot
LDM 14   Blaise Matuidi   5'
RAM 7   Lucas   55'
CAM 6   Marco Verratti   90+4'
LAM 23   Julian Draxler   14'   75'
ST 9   Edinson Cavani   42'
Substitutes:
GK 16   Alphonse Areola
DF 3   Presnel Kimpembe
DF 19   Serge Aurier   75'
MF 4   Grzegorz Krychowiak   90+3'
MF 21   Hatem Ben Arfa
MF 10   Javier Pastore
MF 11   Ángel Di María   55'
Manager:
  Unai Emery

StatisticsEdit

Overall[14]
Statistic Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain
Goals scored 6 1
Total shots 17 7
Shots on target 7 3
Saves 2 5
Ball possession 65% 35%
Corner kicks 6 4
Fouls committed 16 25
Offsides 2 5
Yellow cards 5 5
Red cards 0 0

Post-matchEdit

In the aftermath of the tie, amid praise for Barcelona there was also derision for Paris Saint-Germain for the manner in which they had failed to deal with the pressure of holding on to their aggregate lead,[15][16] and speculation that the referee could be demoted from his status by the governing body due to some of the decisions he made during the match, particularly the award of Barcelona's second penalty.[17]

In the quarter-finals, Barcelona again suffered a heavy defeat in the first leg of the tie away from home, this time losing 3–0 to Juventus.[18] However, they were unable to repeat their performance of the previous round in the return, drawing 0–0 to be eliminated.[19]

One of the tie's main protagonists, the Brazilian forward Neymar, was at the centre of a different matter involving the two clubs in August 2017 when he moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee.[20] It was suggested by journalists that one reason for his desire to leave Barcelona was because much of the attention following the comeback win over PSG was directed towards teammate Lionel Messi despite Neymar's pivotal role.[21]

Similar results in subsequent seasonsEdit

In the following season's competition it was Barcelona who experienced an unexpected comeback defeat, losing 3–0 to A.S. Roma in Italy at the quarter-final stage[22] and going out on away goals, despite having held a strong 4–1 advantage from the home leg of the tie.[23] For their part, Paris Saint-Germain bowed out at the Round of 16 stage again, despite adding Neymar and others to their squad and winning their group, losing to the eventual winners, Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid.

In the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League Round of 16, Paris Saint-Germain – without the injured Neymar – were the losing team in another significant comeback, as an under-strength Manchester United side won 3–1 at the Parc des Princes (the decisive goal from a penalty in added time awarded by VAR) having lost 2–0 at Old Trafford, the first time in the history of the competition that such a deficit from a home first leg had been overcome.[24][25] In the semi-finals, Barcelona were eliminated after another second-leg collapse: holding a 3–0 advantage from the Camp Nou, at Anfield they conceded four goals without reply to Liverpool, who went on to win the competition.[26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ El País Catalunya: La remuntada, 8 March 2017 (in Catalan)
  3. ^ Mundo Deportivo: La remontada ‘escuece’ en Madrid, 10 March 2017 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b "Barcelona 6 PSG 1: Miracle at the Nou Camp as Barca complete greatest ever European comeback". Daily Telegraph. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Europe's biggest second-leg comebacks". UEFA. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Full Time Summary Round of 16 1st Leg – Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
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  8. ^ "Alavés 0–6 Barcelona – Match Report & Highlights". Sky Sports. 11 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Barcelona 5–0 Celta Vigo". BBC Sport. 4 March 2017.
  10. ^ "PSG v Nancy Match Report". Goal.com. 4 March 2017.
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  12. ^ "Barcelona shatter PSG as Sergi Roberto caps incredible 6–1 comeback win". The Guardian. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
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  17. ^ "Barcelona v PSG referee facing UEFA demotion". Goal. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 1st Leg – Juventus v Barcelona" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 2nd Leg – Barcelona v Juventus" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Neymar: Paris St-Germain sign Barcelona forward for world record 222m euros". BBC Sport. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  21. ^ "El engaño de Neymar" [The deception of Neymar]. El País (in Spanish). 2 August 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 2nd Leg – Roma v Barcelona" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 1st Leg – Barcelona v Roma" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Manchester United floor PSG as Marcus Rashford's late penalty caps comeback". The Guardian. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  25. ^ "PSG 1-3 Man Utd: Ligue 1 side throw away Champions League lead again". Sport. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (4-3 agg): Jurgen Klopp's side complete extraordinary comeback". BBC Sport. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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