Miraculous Wednesday

“Yes we Can”chants could be heard in the stands before the match.Everyone in Camp Nou were hoping for a miracle to happen.What happened that night was nothing less than a Stephen King thriller;it was outrageous,horrifying and simply insane stuff.

Barcelona started brightly,quickly taking the lead through poacher Suarez.Crowd  went into raptures as the opening goal went in and belief was beginning to comeback. PSG got it all wrong in the first half by not pushing barcelona and playing from the back.Having a defensive approach can backstab you especially when the opponents have the best attacking trio .They were all over PSG in the first half and chances were coming thick and fast.That pressure paid off when iniesta`s close control eventually led to an own goal by the PSG defender.Crowds went crazy on the second goal .They could sense that something special was beginning to unfold. Barcelona went into the break with a 2-0 lead with the tie far from over.”Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things and no good thing ever dies”This famous dialogue from the movie shawshank redemption was turning out to be so true.

The frown on the face of Unai Emery increased exponentially as the half approached its end.I don`t know what he said to his players during the half time;French battalion came to pitch a bit late; may be to impede the storm rising in Camp Nou. Second half started in similar fashion with Barca on the attack. PSG to their credit were now pressing them high on the pitch. Neymar was beginning to show why he is the immediate threat to Messi and Ronaldo to break the ballon d`or dichotomy.Playing from the left;he started tormenting the PSG defense with mesmersing skill,pace and control,eventually winning the team a penalty 4 minutes after restart.Messi calmly converted the penalty to make it 3-0.Suddenly it was looking far more achievable target.But PSG had other plans,they started pressing barca more and more and eventually the pressure paid off when ever reliable Cavani buried home an exquisite half volley in the net.PSG players were celebrating as if they have won the tie;Away fans were already dreaming of quarter finals.Unai emery was jumping frantically on the  sidelines.Tide had definitely turned with this away goal; so was the mood of Camp Nou.

But this was Barcelona;they didnt give up;The front trio of Messi,Suarez and Neymar certainly had enough in them to still turn the tide.Neymar was more looking the most lethal player;playing on the left with his daggling breathtaking dribbling was simply joy to watch.Time was running out;Even messi could not conjure up his magical wand to save them this time.With 2 just two minutes remaining;it looked inevitable that barca would not make quarters for the first time in a decade.But Neymar had other ideas;He scored a sensational freekick to make it 4-1;suddenly it all seemed a bit more possible.Two minutes later(90th minute) Messi pulled off a sensational pass to Suarez whose bravery and astutenes got the team a penalty;Crowd sensed that something special was about to happen.Pressure penalty was taken ultra coolly by man of the moment Neymar.Suddenly in a matter of just few minutes it was 5-1 and there was still 5 minutes of added time. That`s why we love football ,its unpredictability;games can change in a flash.This game certainly was turned on its head.Atmosphere at Camp Nou was something special.you simply had to be there to feel it.Barca pushed again;this time with more purpose,determination and zeal.Minutes were ticking by slowly but surely.Neymar was taking charge of most of the play.Even the goal keeper came up in the last minute of added time when Barca were awarded a freekick for a foul on Messi.Free kick was not successful and it felt as if the chance was gone;But Neymar had other ideas;out of  nowhere he managed a sensational ball in the penalty area and substitute Sergi Roberto was first to react,throwing his body courageously and managing to finish with the outside of his right foot into the net;The place went berserk;It really was something miraculous;I have never seen a comeback of this nature;Yes Istanbul was amazing but surely this has to be the greatest;scoring with almost last kick of the game to put french power house out of the competition.

 

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