Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain
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|Event||2016–17 Champions League|
Round of 16, second leg
|Barcelona won 6–5 on aggregate.|
|Date||8 March 2017|
|Venue||Camp Nou, Barcelona|
|Man of the Match||Neymar (Barcelona)|
|Referee||Deniz 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The game had an impressive attendance of 96,290 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.
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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, 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.
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. However, they were unable to repeat their performance of the previous round in the return, drawing 0–0 to be eliminated.
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. 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.
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 and going out on away goals, despite having held a strong 4–1 advantage from the home leg of the tie. 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.
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