5 Champions League comebacks similar to AS Roma's miracle against Barcelona
This week, 80,000 Roma fans got to witness one of the biggest comebacks in Champions League history as their team managed to sweep Barcelona aside with a 3-0 victory. It was enough to neutralize the Catalans 4-1 victory in the first leg and gain them access to the competition's semi-final.
The confidence of the AS Roma players and their unwillingness to accept defeat was what brought the Serie A side a victory is nothing short of miraculous. Team captain Daniele De Rossi echoed the sentiment when he told reporters: "For a team like Roma, it's truly incredible. This is certainly one of the happiest days of my Roma career. I was almost moved seeing the fans before the game. I told my team-mates: if they believe, we can do the same."
Today we take a look at the greatest examples of second leg comebacks in the Champions League's history. This should be enough to remind fans and players alike that nothing is ever won or lost before the final whistle has been blown.
#5 PSG 5-6 Barcelona (Round of 16, 2016-17)
Starting off with a recent example of an incredible second leg comeback, last season, Barcelona produced an amazing performance in the replay game against Paris Saint-Germain, that saw them neutralize the initial 4-0 defeat.
The Parisians would naturally have felt comfortable about their chances after the team managed this landslide victory in the first encounter. With the final result seemingly in their back pocket and players such as Di Maria and Cavani in top form, the Ligue 1 side were heading confidently into the second leg.
But the Spaniards came out swinging, leaving PSG in shock. Barcelona refused to give up and ended up winning 6-1. The victory goal was scored late in the game, in the 95th minute by Sergi Roberto, further adding to the drama.
PSG representatives may have had some harsh words about the refereeing decisions, but nevertheless, Barcelona showed once and for all that there are no lost causes or matches already won when it comes to the Champions League.