Barcelona 6 PSG 1: How the Spanish and French media reacted to the greatest fightback in Champions League history

An overview  of the best reactions from Europe's papers

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It was a night that will live long in the memory. In what was arguably the greatest comeback in European football, Luis Enrique’s men defied the odds to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit at the Nou Camp and reach the last eight of the Champions League.

After the home side had pulled three ahead, Edinson Cavani scored what seemed to be a crucial away goal in the second half, briefly taking the wind out of Barcelona’s sails.

But a late flurry of goals, courtesy of the incandescent Neymar and home-grown Sergi Roberto, capped off a remarkable fightback, with Barcelona progressing through the to quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate.

So how did Europe’s papers react?

Sport: "You are legends"

"Barcelona reach the sky with an historic comeback. Neymar was the hero of a magic night at the Nou Camp, winning a penalty, scoring two goals and setting up Sergi Roberto in the 95th minute. Luis Enrique's side completed a memorable game, those that are never forgotten and passed from father to son."

Marca: “Apotheosis” 

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The headline from Spanish paper Marca (Marca)

Mundo Deportivo: "Heroes"

"Barca carried out before PSG one of the most sensational pages in the history of football. The Nou Camp has become the theatre of impossible dreams that become reality."

AS: "Comeback with Repairs"

The Madrid-based paper was slightly less complimentary than its fellow Spanish publications. With a big picture of PSG players complaining to the referee after the award of Barcelona’s second penalty, AS ran the headline ‘Comeback With Repairs’, implying that the officials’ influence on the game helped the home side pull off their remarkable victory.

And what about in France?

L'Equipe: "Unthinkable"

"While qualification seemed assured in the 88th minute, PSG conceded three goals in seven minutes and allowed Barca to make history. The whole Paris project is now threatened by this humiliation."

Some 24 years after France's defeat to Bulgaria in 1993 - which saw Les Bleus miss out on a World Cup spot at USA '94 - the newspaper again declared Wednesday evening’s upset as "unthinkable”. 

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The two backpages, 24 years apart (L'Equipe)

France Football: "The incredible shipwreck"

"Manhandled and 3-0 down at half-time, PSG thought they had done the hard part reducing the score through Cavani. But the Catalans, helped by several questionable decisions, ended up overthrowing the Parisians at the very last second."

And over in Germany?

Bild: "It really happened! Barcelona move mountains."

Der Spiegel: "The best game - Barca's miracle against Paris"

The publication added: "'Nothing is impossible', 'We will always believe', 'We'll give it our all'. Suddenly these hollow sayings sound like wise prophecies. This time the prophets are called Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique."

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