BARCELONA 6 PARIS SAINT- GERMAIN 1
Last 16, second leg, 2016-17
“This is a sport for crazy people,” said Barça coach Luis Enrique afterwards. “I’d like to cry, but tears do not come out.” Dumbfoundedness seemed like the appropriate response in the wake of the most preposterous game of football in recent Champions League memory. Barça were playing only for pride, really, having been flagellated 4-0 in the French capital three weeks earlier, and yet they raced into a 3-0 lead within 50 minutes thanks to Luis Suarez (who was at his devious and divey best), an own goal from Layvin Kurzawa and a Lionel Messi penalty. The swell of hope around the Camp Nou was brutally punctured, however, when Edinson Cavani’s 62nd-minute strike left the Catalans needing three more to go through. And in the last five minutes, they somehow got ’em. Two Neymar goals and a late Sergi Roberto winner prompted scenes of delirium on an industrial scale. Only Gerard Pique seemed to know how to respond. “There will be a lot of love made tonight,” the central defender laughed at full-time. Shakira, Shakira.