UCL Recap: Barcelona record sensational comeback against PSG, Bayern thrash 10-man Arsenal

Barcelona produced the greatest comeback in Champions League history, as the Spanish giants overturned a 4-0 defeat from the first leg to clinch a dramatic 6-1 victory over PSG at the Nou Camp.

The Catalans needed to do what no team in the Champions League had ever done and Luis Suarez’s header pulled one back after just three minutes, before Layvin Kurzawa’s own goal doubled the home side’s advantage just before half-time.

Sergi Roberto’s 95th minute winner completed a remarkable comeback by Barcelona
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Lionel Messi made it 3-0 five minutes into the second half after he blasted home a controversial penalty kick, after Neymar fell over Thomas Muenier, who slipped in the box.

Barcelona needed just one more to level but Edinson Cavani’s right-footed volley from close range looked like it was over for Barcelona, who now needed another three goals to reach the last eight of the Champions League.

Neymar sent the ball into the top corner with a sublime free-kick on 88 minutes and the Brazilian scored again from the penalty spot in injury time to give Bacelona a glimmer of hope, after Luis Suarez easily went down in the box under Marquinhos challenge.

In the 95th minute, Sergi Roberto completed the unlikely turnaround as the Spaniard got on the end of Neymar’s cross to fire the ball past PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp from close range to seal a famous comeback.

It was a night that will go down in the record books as the greatest comeback in Champions League history, as Barcelona sensationally fought back from a gut wrenching 4-0 defeat in Paris to record a sensational 6-5 aggregate win to book their spot in the quarter-finals.

However, there was to be no dramatic turnaround for Arsenal as they crashed out of the Champions League at the last 16 for the seventh season running, as Bayern Munich came from a goal down to thrash ten-man Arsenal 5-1.

Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger’s side a deserving lead after 20 minutes after he beat Manuel Neuer at his near post with a tight-angled strike, but things went pear-shaped for Arsenal in the second half.

Laurent Koscielny was sent off for bundling over Robert Lewandowski inside the box on 54 minutes and the Polish international made no mistake from the penalty spot, sending Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina the wrong way.

Arjen Robben muscled Alexis Sanchez off the ball before calmly striking the ball home from close range to put Bayern in front on 68 minutes, while Douglas Costa made it 3-1 ten minutes later with a superb left-footed effort after a brilliant solo run by the Brazilian.

Chilean international Alexi Vidal grabbed Bayern’s fourth on 80 minutes with an excellent chip over the head of Ospina and grabbed his second of the game five minutes later, simply tapping in from Costa’s square ball to give the German giants a whopping 10-2 aggregate win.

It was Arsenal’s heaviest home defeat since November 1998 and the embarrassing result will only add fuel to the rumours that Arsene Wenger’s time with the Gunners could be up at the end of the season.

Real Madrid held off a Napoli fight back to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals, as the holders kept hopes of retaining the trophy alive with a 3-1 victory in Naples.

After scoring twice in Napoli’s 2-1 win over Roma at the weekend,  Dries Mertens fired the Serie A in front after 24 minutes as he picked up Marek Hamsik’s pass and slotted the ball into the far bottom corner.

However, Sergio Ramos put a Napoli fight back to bed six minutes into the second half when he headed home from Toni Kroos’ corner kick tp pull Zinedine Zidane’s side level on the night.

Ramos grabbed his second of the game on 57 minutes as he once again headed home from a Kroos corner, but it took a deflection off the head of Belgian winger Mertens on its way into the back of the net.

Alvaro Morata wrapped up a 3-1 victory in injury time as he struck home from close range, after Pepe Reina could only parry Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort to seal a 6-2 aggregate win for the 11-time European Cup winners.

Sergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid comfortably eased past Napoli
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German side Borussia Dortmund over-turned a 1-0 defeat from Benfica three weeks ago, to comfortably book their place in the last eight of the Champions League with a convincing 4-0 over the Portuguese champions.

After missing a penalty in the first leg, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled the tie up with the opening goal on the night after just four minutes, as he headed home at the back post after Christian Pulisic headed on from Ousmane Dembele’s corner.

Pulisic doubled Dortmund’s advantage as he brilliantly chipped the ball over the head of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson into the far corner on the hour mark, before Aubameyang had a simple tap in from Marcel Schmelzer’s low cross three minutes later.

Aubameyang wrapped up his hat-trick on 85 minutes as the Gabon international had another simple tap in from Erik Durm’s cross to help Dortmund comfortably seal their place in the next round with a 4-1 aggregate win.

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