Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Fans inspired Barcelona Champions League comeback says jubilant Luis Enrique

Fans inspired Barcelona Champions League comeback says jubilant Luis Enrique

The Brazilian striker first scored from a free kick then a penalty before floating a flawless pass for Sergi Roberto to score the dramatic victor in the fifth minute of injury time as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to complete the biggest ever comeback in the Champions League.

But on Wednesday night, in front of nearly 100,000 people at the Camp Nou, PSG shipped three late goals in an incredible final seven minutes as Barcelona completed the greatest comeback in the history of the tournament, winning 6-5 on aggregate.

"It's insane. After Paris, many people spoke hard about our team but tonight was special, we made history".

"Any child in the Nou Camp tonight will never forget this and neither will the adults".

"I would like to dedicate this to all Barcelona fans, but especially those that kept supporting us after the 4-0 [in Paris]. In the last few minutes they played all or nothing and they have beaten us".

Barcelona take on PSG in the Champions League second-leg Last 16 clash on Wednesday 8 March needing to overturn a 4-0 aggregate scoreline following their heavy defeat against the French giants in the first leg.

Barca manager Luis Enrique's gesticulated wildly on the touchline while nearly 100,000 fanatical supporters inside the Nou Camp roared their side on, but their hopes seemed lost, even when Brazilian playmaker Neymar drilled home a rocket-fuelled free kick on 88 minutes.

PSG's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani silenced the Camp Nou with a powerful right-foot drive just after the hour mark.

The Brazilian added of his side's win: "It's the best game that I've played in my life".

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Despite Neymar, Suarez and Messi's heroics, it was Roberto who proved to be Barca's unlikely hero as he choose the ideal time to score his first goal of the season. "I don't find any explanation for conceding three goals in five minutes", he said.

PSG head coach Unai Emery has received a vote of confidence from the club's president after their humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.

PSG's Belgian defender Thomas Meunier blasted his teammates for allowing Barcelona to bully them.

"The first game in Paris was hard for us, a lot of people spoke hard on our team but the reaction was special".

Pique said: "He's not had the best of treatment and I think his role has been key".

"I threw myself at it with everything", said the Spanish worldwide.

"Everyone knows that the quarter-finals were an objective and after winning the first leg 4-0 that aim was confirmed". We defended very deep and they had more chances to score.

"It was an explosion of sentiment, I'm not an emotional person but I enjoyed this just as much as those that were moved to tears".

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