Neymar was the hero for Barcelona last night as the Catalans made history by becoming the first team ever to overcome a 0-4 first leg deficit — beating Paris Saint Germain 6-1 on the night with the last few minutes of the game seeing the Brazilian score twice and set up a 95th winner for substitute Sergi Roberto.
Arsenal were hoping for a miracle last night but it failed to materialise as Barcelona powered to the Champions League quarter-finals, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger conceding the Catalans “have two or three players who transfer normal life into art”.
Barcelona are heading into Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus with optimism at sky-high levels among blaugrana fans, as a season which at one point seemed set for crisis looks increasingly likely to end in glorious historic success.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has vowed his team will not be distracted by Pep Guardiola’s return to the Nou Camp as they prepare for tomorrow night’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich.
When Cristiano Ronaldo collected his third Ballon d’Or in January, it was to almost universal acclaim, based on a recognition that the award had indeed gone to the greatest player on earth in 2014, as evidenced by his Champions League medal and a staggering 56 goals for Real Madrid.
Barcelona 1 Man City 0 (Barcelona win 3-1 on agg): Lionel Messi starred once more as Barcelona progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals for a ninth consecutive season thanks to a 1-0 last 16 second leg victory over Manchester City at the Camp Nou last night.