Well, well, well. Although not much is left to be said about last night’s result in Barcelona, we couldn’t resist providing our two-cents on what will go down as one of the most insane 90, or 5, minutes of football ever. The Catalan side, who two weeks ago lost the first leg 4-0, scored the three goals needed to qualify for the next round in the last eight minutes of the game. Cue the football world to lose its collective shit.
With three of their countrymen on the pitch and two on the winning side, Argentines were no exception. Around 18:25 PM, as Sergio Roberto’s flick hit the back of the net in the 95th minute, cries of “GOOOOOOL” could be heard from Salta all the way down to Ushuaïa. Here are a couple of examples of the reactions to the epic comeback in Argentina, and the ones from the Argentines who were part of it.
— Diario Crónica (@cronicaweb) March 8, 2017
“Barcelona scores. With only seconds remaining in the game Sergi Roberto scored. Historical robbery [referring to the dubious penalty Barcelona got in the 90th minute] and spineless moment from PSG.”
Crónica getting carried away, as usual. We don’t blame them.
Estabas mirando Barcelona-PSG y te levantaste los 88′ pensando q el Barsa no iba a hacer tres goles mas?!! 6-1 termina. Global = 6-5
— Alina Moine (@AlinaMoine) March 8, 2017
“Were you watching Barcelona-PSG and left at the 88th minute thinking that Barcelona wouldn’t score three more goals?!! It finished 6-1. Aggregate score = 6-5,” wrote journalist Alina Moine. Her words were prophetic: the next day, news surfaced that a fan left his seat in the stadium in the 83rd minute, already resigned to defeat. In an interview with Spanish outlet El Día today, he admitted he was devastated because “an event like this will never happen again.” Tough luck.
Impresionante el Barca!!! Que viva el futbol!!!
— Ramiro Funes Mori (@funesmoriofi25) March 8, 2017
“Amazing Barcelona!!! Long live football!” Selección center-back Ramiro Funes Mori also showed his appreciation for the beautiful game.
Si el barsa pasa a cuartos me rapo
— Julian Simiele (@juliansimiele7) March 8, 2017
“If Barcelona makes it through, I’ll shave my head,” promised this random user. Worth it, just to see the scenes that unfolded last night.
Although Messi didn’t run the show as expected — Neymar took the plaudits for man of the match — he did score the crucial second-half penalty that gave his team the hope they needed to go on. Understandably, ecstatic fans showed their gratitude by mobbing his car as he tried to leave the stadium.
Lionel Messi on his way home last night. pic.twitter.com/kVCFQVWt4T
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 9, 2017
Meanwhile, fellow Rosarino and ex-Real Madrid man Ángel Di María will be reeling after his decision to taunt Barca fans after Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani scored PSG’s only goal of the game, which made Barcelona’s task seemingly impossible at 3-1 down.
What was the score Di Maria? ? pic.twitter.com/HAxxPdN4JW
— Premier League (@EPLBible) March 8, 2017
He was just asking for it, wasn’t he?
Javier Mascherano and Barca’s night could have been very different, however, had the referee spotted his challenge to deny Di María a series-winning goal midway through the second-half. He has since admitted that it should have been a penalty a red card. But, fortune was obviously on their side, and the side of football last night.
A post shared by Javier Mascherano (@mascherano14) on Mar 8, 2017 at 2:03pm PST