Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain

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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)

Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain 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. Barcelona reversed a four-goal deficit in the second leg of their round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, making it the largest comeback in UEFA Champions League history.[2][3]



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 stage[edit]

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 a 2nd-placed Manchester City by 6 points.

First leg[edit]

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.[4][5]

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.

Barcelona achieved only one shot on target during the whole match. This was then-manager Luis Enrique's worst performance in charge of Barça.[citation needed]



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.[6][7]

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-Gremain'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 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 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, achieving the greatest comeback in the history of the Champions League or its predecessor, the European Champions Cup, with the outcome described as "astonishing", "incredible", and "a miracle" by the media.[2][8][9]


Barcelona Spain6–1France Paris Saint-Germain
Attendance: 96,290
Paris Saint-Germain
GK 1 Germany Marc-André ter Stegen
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano
CB 3 Spain Gerard Piqué Yellow card 23'
CB 23 France Samuel Umtiti
CDM 5 Spain Sergio Busquets Yellow card 36'
RM 4 Croatia Ivan Rakitić Yellow card 61' Substituted off 84'
LM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta (c) Substituted off 65'
CAM 10 Argentina Lionel Messi
RF 12 Brazil Rafinha Substituted off 76'
CF 9 Uruguay Luis Suárez Yellow card 67'
LF 11 Brazil Neymar Yellow card 64'
GK 13 Netherlands Jasper Cillessen
DF 20 Spain Sergi Roberto Substituted in 76'
DF 18 Spain Jordi Alba
DF 19 France Lucas Digne
MF 21 Portugal André Gomes Substituted in 84'
MF 7 Turkey Arda Turan Substituted in 65'
FW 17 Spain Paco Alcácer
Spain Luis Enrique
Barcelona vs PSG 2017-03-08.png
GK 1 Germany Kevin Trapp
RB 12 Belgium Thomas Meunier Substituted off 90+3'
CB 5 Brazil Marquinhos Yellow card 90'
CB 2 Brazil Thiago Silva (c)
LB 20 France Layvin Kurzawa
RDM 25 France Adrien Rabiot
LDM 14 France Blaise Matuidi Yellow card 5'
RAM 7 Brazil Lucas Substituted off 55'
CAM 6 Italy Marco Verratti Yellow card 90+4'
LAM 23 Germany Julian Draxler Yellow card 14' Substituted off 75'
ST 9 Uruguay Edinson Cavani Yellow card 42'
GK 16 France Alphonse Areola
DF 3 France Presnel Kimpembe
DF 19 Ivory Coast Serge Aurier Substituted in 75'
MF 4 Poland Grzegorz Krychowiak Substituted in 90+3'
MF 21 France Hatem Ben Arfa
MF 10 Argentina Javier Pastore
MF 11 Argentina Ángel Di María Substituted in 55'
Spain Unai Emery



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,[10][11] 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.[12]

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.[13] However, they were unable to repeat their performance of the previous round in the return, drawing 0–0 to be eliminated.[14]

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.[15] 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 Leo Messi despite Neymar's pivotal role.[16]

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[17] and going out on away goals, despite having held a strong 4–1 advantage from the home leg of the tie.[18] 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 Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid who went on to win the trophy as they had also done in the previous two editions.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Europe's biggest second-leg comebacks". UEFA. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Bordeaux 0–3 Paris Saint-Germain". BBC Sport. 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Alavés 0–6 Barcelona - Match Report & Highlights". Sky Sports. 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Barcelona 5–0 Celta Vigo". BBC Sport. 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ "PSG v Nancy Match Report". 4 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Champions League 2017: Barcelona routs Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in astonishing comeback". CNN. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Barcelona shatter PSG as Sergi Roberto caps incredible 6-1 comeback win". The Guardian. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Barcelona makes history with 6-1 comeback win over PSG". Al Jazeera. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  11. ^ "PSG's blind panic vs Barca revealed by shocking passing stat". Goal. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Barcelona v PSG referee facing UEFA demotion". Goal. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 1st Leg – Juventus v Barcelona" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 2nd Leg – Barcelona v Juventus" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Neymar: Paris St-Germain sign Barcelona forward for world record 222m euros". BBC Sport. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  16. ^ "El engaño de Neymar" [The deception of Neymar]. El País (in Spanish). 2 August 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 2nd Leg – Roma v Barcelona" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals 1st Leg – Barcelona v Roma" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.

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