European sports writers purred following Barcelona’s 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.
Barca went into the game 4-0 down following the first leg at the Parc des Princes in the French capital.
Sports journalist Jason Burt, writing in the British publication the Daily telegraph issued a clarion call: “This game never fails. Never fails to cut through the hype, the money, the cynicism, the commercialism, to become a sport again. It is why we play it, watch it, talk about it, and why we write about it.”
Barca coach Luis Enrique issued a warning amid the ecstasy:“Our aim is to win all the competitions on offer, that means we will have to play at the highest level for the rest of the season. Normally you don’t get a second chance after a bad match, but here we got the rematch, but if we repeat another poor performance like in Paris, our rivals will punish us.”
Neymar scored twice in the 88th and 91st minute before Sergio Roberto hit the winner in the 95th.
For the PSG coach Unai Emery it was a bitter pill:“Barca can do that here at the Nou Camp, it’s an important phase of the season for them. For us there is no explanation. They gave everything at the death and beat us. We must accept that. We had a chance to grow, but we failed to seize it.”
Simply put Barcelona delivered one of the greatest get out of jail free performances in the history of professional football.
Barcelona beat Paris St Germain 6-5 on aggregate.