Mixed feelings overwhelmed Barça fans as their team took to the Camp Nou field this past Wednesday. Aware that they had to overcome a deep four-goal deficit against PSG, most supporters were skeptical that their Champions League journey was still feasible. Simultaneously, however, an unrelenting sense of hope and unity spurred pleas for monumental effort, encouraging the team to give everything they had. The city was hoping for a miracle, really. And that’s exactly what happened.
Fifty minutes into the game Barça was leading three goals to none (Suarez 3’, Kurzawa 40’ and Messi 50’). The situation seemed promising, the impossible seemed possible, and there were 40 minutes to go! But when PSG’s Cavani scored at minute 62, the frenzied atmosphere that had overtaken the stadium—and terraces, bars and living rooms citywide—began to diminish. Barça appeared to be losing its steam.
With two minutes to go in regulation time and barely any hope remaining, Neymar struck on a superb free kick. The board now showed a 4-1 score. A successful penalty kick, by Neymar again, added at minute 90 of play meant the game was going to overtime. But that wasn’t good enough for Barça.
With five minutes of extra time on the clock and just one goal to score in order to advance to the quarter finals, everyone on and off the field suddenly became tense. As the minutes ticked away and the game was only seconds from ending, Neymar popped the ball over the heads of hurdled members of both teams and local boy Sergi Roberto volleyed the ball into the net for the decisive goal.
Demonstrating their stamina and competitiveness, Barça played a game that will go down in history as the greatest ever European comeback.