Champions league midweek

Champions League Midweek Review: Barcelona Pull Off Epic Comeback

Wednesday’s Champions League action produced a spectacle unlike any other as Barcelona defied all odds to secure a 6-1 victory over PSG and progress into the Quarter-finals of Europe’s elite cup competition.

Luis Suarez kicked-off the scoring for Barca with a scrappy goal in the 3rd-minute before Layvin Kurzawa put the ball into the back of his own net after being met by Iniesta’s flick-on.

Barca took a two-goal lead into half-time and added to their tally just 5 minutes into the second 45 courtesy of Lionel Messi's spot-kick.

Edinson Cavani nicked a goal for his side in the 62nd-minute which appeared to have killed the game off, but an 88th-minute free kick from Neymar rekindled Barca’s fire in the finals stages of the match.

Neymar converted a 90th-minute penalty to take the scores up to 5-1. The game seemed to be over at that point with just a few minutes of added time left on the clock, but Sergi Roberto played the part of super-sub as he found the back of the net in stoppage time to send the Blaugrana through to the next round.

Arsenal hosted Bayern Munich in what turned out to be an embarrassing game for the Gunners as they replicated the scoreline from the first leg.

Arsenal were always unlikely to qualify after the 5-1 drubbing at the Allianz, but they were expected to go out on a high at the Emirates Stadium, something which they failed to do.

Walcott opened the scoring with a thunderous effort in the 20th-minute as Arsenal continued to pile the pressure on the Bavarians.

The first half ended 1-0, but Arsenal soon capitulated after conceding a penalty following Laurent Koscielny’s sending off for stopping a clear goalscoring opportunity. Robert Lewandowski converted the penalty and drew Bayern level.

Goals from Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa followed as Arsenal failed to keep up with Bayern’s pace. The game’s final 10 minutes saw Vidal bag a brace as Arsenal lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

Tuesday’s other fixture saw Real Madrid travel to Naples in a bid to build on their solid 3-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League clash.

In-form Dries Mertens opened the scoring for Napoli, but that proved to be the home side’s lone goal as the San Paolo witnessed a repeat of the first leg.

Sergio Ramos scored Real Madrid’s equaliser 10 minutes into the second half before an own goal from Dries Mertens and Alvaro Morata’s 90th-minute strike saw Los Blancos claim a 3-1 victory away at Napoli.

Elsewhere, Dortmund put up a scintillating display of football as they thumped Benfica 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park.

Aubameyang opened the scoring for Dortmund with a sublime effort in the 4th-minute, before going on to complete a stellar hat-trick to send his side through to the next round of the Champions League.

American Wonderkid Christain Pulisic also got on the scoresheet for Dortmund after scoring the second goal of the game in the 59th-minute.

Benfica failed to muster up decent goalscoring opportunities which ultimately caused them to succumb to a disheartening defeat away at Dortmund.

Highlights of Champions League Midweek Games

Barcelona vs PSG

 

Napoli vs Real Madrid

 

Arsenal vs Bayren Munich

 

Dortmund vs Benfica

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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