It was unthinkable to even consider PSG not reaching the quarter finals after that astonishing first leg, but capitulate they did, and in some style at the Camp Nou in front of the whole world.
It is hard to put into words how disastrous Paris Saint Germain performed last night. Feelings of humiliation, shame, disgrace can only start to describe how Paris fans were left feeling after the absolute meltdown.
Paris looked almost certain to reach the last eight of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth consecutive season. They had a unbelievable four goal lead heading into Catalonia, on top of a full squad and confidence oozing through the veins of every player after demolishing Barcelona and arch rivals Marseille over the past month. But any onlooker wouldn’t have believed it when Luis Suarez left PSG chasing the game after a bare 2 minutes in.
Going into the break Barcelona were 2-0 up after a Kurzawa bizarre own goal. PSG were still firmly in the tie at this point despite the nerves that must have been extremely intense in the away dressing room. But what ever Unai Emery said at Half Time clearly did not effect the timid PSG side, who started the second half as poorly as the first. Neymar went down and much to the disbelief of myself and other PSG fans alike, a penalty was awarded and Messi made what was meant to be mission impossible, a little more possible!
When Edinson Cavani rocketed home the away goal, the game looked over. All hope from the stands, down to the Barcelona players evaporated, making what happened next even more unbelievable
Confidence was high when Neymar struck an excellent free kick past Kevin Trapp in the 88th minute but no one foresaw Barcelona being one goal away, but it happened after Suarez, like Neymar, left Les Parisiens fuming after he manipulated his way to a penalty which Neymar converted. Then it was backs to the wall and in the 95th minute Sergi Roberto made PSG pay and sent shock waves right throughout the footballing world, leaving Paris fans in utter bewilderment.
So whose to blame? The whole team certainly had a shocker. Lucas Moura was particularly appalling; Layvin Kurzawa couldn’t put a foot right and nobody in the midfield could get a grip of the game from the first to the last whistle. The only player who seemed to look dangerous and to look reasonably comfortable was Edinson Cavani – receiving Les Parisiens best rating of 4/10 by L’Equipe.
“Today, for everyone at Paris Saint Germain, the staff, players and fans, it’s a bad day”
Unai Emery, PSG.fr
Similarly, Unai Emery had a masterclass in the first leg but his tactics at the Camp Nou lacked organisation. The midfield couldn’t put together more than two passes during the entire match – only completing four passes in the space of Barcelona’s final three goals, and three of them were restarts. Despite questionable refereeing decisions, the defence looked vulnerable and gifted the hosts too many opportunities.
In the end Paris Saint Germain capitulated on the biggest stage of all. Unai Emery and his men had the perfect opportunity to launch themselves as European giants with a shock victory over Barcelona but ended up blowing it in a game that will never ever be forgotten!
Final Score: Barcelona 6-1 PSG (Barcelona go through 6-5 on aggregate)
Top Performance: Edinson Cavani – I wouldn’t go as far to say he had a ‘Top Performance’ but Cavani was the only player to show desire and commitment to the cause.
Next Match: Lorient v PSG, Sunday 12th March, 8:00pm