ON THIS DAY IN 2017: PSG’s demise to Barcelona remains one of the Champions League’s iconic nights as they lost 4-0 in the first leg at the Nou Camp before accusations against the referee surfaced in the scene of the fan backlash
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Three weeks earlier, they had merged lyrically about the Parisians, giving Lionel Messi and the player Luis Suarez ranked 2/10 is France won the first leg of the round of 16 with a score of 4-0.
How quickly things changed as three goals in the space of seven minutes completed was undoubtedly the greatest comeback in European history.
Barcelona were completely disappointed after the loss at the Parc des Princes.
However, when Lionel Messi made it 3-0 after 50 minutes in the second leg, the fans began to believe. That is until Edinson Cavani scores the crucial away goal at this hour.
PSG have not conceded four goals all season, so scoring six seems unlikely.
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Neymar scored twice late in the game before the game’s iconic Sergi Roberto completed his revival and plunged the Nou Camp into a trance.
Paris president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “It is a nightmare for everyone. Three goals in seven minutes is very difficult. Everyone is upset but now is not the time to talk about it. there.”
If this was a bump in a fault-free season then perhaps it could be dismissed as a night of terror. Just one of those things.
But the opposite happened in Unai Emery’s first season, as PSG were trying to adjust to life after Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Their Champions League campaign saw them make it through to the group stage as runners-up after being held to a draw by Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets.
In Ligue 1, they caught up with Monaco, which would go on to win the title.
Emery’s demeanor on the touchline is that of a scrutinized man, the degrees of which like he never knew, would come his way.
He will have few answers. Contrast that with the mood in the Barcelona camp.
“It was the best game I’ve ever played in my life,” Neymar said.
His coach Luis Enrique stated: “I left some ligaments on the pitch but it was worth it.”
While centre-back Gerard Pique interestingly quips: ” Hospital it is advisable to hire a nurse for a period of nine months because there will be a lot of affection. ”
In Paris, fallout has reached new levels.
Attention turned to referee Deniz Aytekin when PSG wrote to UEFA about his performance.
They feel Barcelona’s task has been made significantly easier by some questionable decisions from the German leader. They have submitted a formal complaint to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, citing the decisions appropriate and against them.
Emery has stated the only thing he will change from that night is the referee himself.
Still, it was little consolation for the Paris fans who had been waiting for the team’s flight to Le Bourget Airport.
They whistled the PSG players as they were about to leave, before violence broke out.
“These individuals insulted the players before vandalizing their cars,” said an official PSG statement. “Several vehicles were damaged.
“In this extremely hostile and aggressive climate, all vehicles have been escorted to ensure the safe passage of the players, their families and club staff.
“One individual was hit by a car while trying to escape from a crowd that was physically threatening the players and their families.”
PSG will go to the end of the season with two domestic cups to show off their efforts. Emery will survive a wave of criticism and oversee a historic summer transfer window.
Neymar, who has scored two of Barcelona’s six goals, is undisturbed by the French club’s demise amid an alleged mental breakdown.
He hit a world record £198m when he moved to the Parc des Princes that summer looking to lead PSG to their first coveted Champions League title and, in the process, a Ballon d’Or yellow.
No goals were achieved while Barcelona turned down a golden opportunity to once again dominate Europe in 2019 when they, once again, lost a crucial game 4-0. This time to Liverpool.
March 8, 2017 is a night that celebrates the flaws of one team and the character of another. The question of both persists after five years.
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