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Barcelona, Real Madrid and Celta Score Wins In European Competitions

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Sergi Roberto of Barcelona (obscured) celebrates with team mates as he scores their sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Celta Score Wins In European Competitions

In a historic week of European football that saw Barcelona come back from the dead to defeat PSG, Spain’s two other competing teams got good wins on the continental stage.

 

Barça were 4-0 down from the first leg, but triumphed 6-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, with three goals in seven minutes, to leave all in the world speechless and, in many cases, people were in tears of disbelief.

Goals from Luis Suarez, a PSG own-goal, Lionel Messi,  a Neymar brace, and Sergi Roberto‘s late goal produced something spectacular in Catalonia with Barça triumphing 6-5 on aggregate.

 

Barcelona got the early goal they were desperate for, and had the PSG keeper to thank for it.

A dangerous ball was looped back into the area in just the third minute, and Suarez rose higher than visiting keeper Kevin Trapp to head over the line, desperate PSG defender’s desperate attempts to hook clear.

 

PSG’s calamitous defending bit them where it hurts most in the 40th minute as Andres Iniesta mugged Marquinhos in the box, back-heeled it into the danger area, and defender Layvin Kurzawa looped the ball into his own net.

Just four minutes into the second half, the great comeback was well and truly on when Neymar was brought down in the box by Thomas Meunier, and Messi, who else, stepped up to hammer home the penalty, and his team’s third goal.

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The French champions put a dagger through Barcelona hearts and seemingly killed the tie in the 62nd minute, and again, defensive weakness was on show.

Ivan Rakitic gave away a cheap free kick. As the Barça defence were busy organising, the ball was pumped into Edinson Cavani, who volleyed past Marc-Andre ter Stergen in goal.

But astonishingly, back came Barcelona, and they went 4-1 up when Neymar curled an incredible 87th minute free-kick in.

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Suarez was bundled over in the box in the 90th minute by Marquinhos, and up stepped Neymar to bag his second of the game from the spot.

With seconds left on the clock, Neymar clipped the ball into the area, and the 25-year-old Spaniard crashed the ball home to see the Nou Camp erupt, the players run around like headless chickens, and boss Luis Enrique teared up in the dugout.

For everyone who witnessed the epic Champions League clash, they had just witnessed something unlikely to ever be repeated.

 

Sergio Ramos continued his sensational scoring form, popping up in the right place at the right time twice in quick succession for Real Madrid at Napoli.

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The hosts were fired up and spurred on by their fans and took a deserved lead early on through Dries Mertens.

The Italians were utterly dominant in a one-sided first half, yet the Madrid skipper punished sloppy marking from set pieces twice before Alvaro Morata put the icing on the cake to hand the European Champions a 6-2 aggregate win.

A last-gasp header from substitute Claudio Beauvue gave Celta Vigo a slender 2-1 lead over Krasnodar after the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday evening.

 

Daniel Wass had put Celta ahead with a tremendous 35-yard free-kick early in the second half, but Viktor Claesson responded with an equaliser six minutes later before the Guadeloupian international won it for the Spaniards to complete a clean sweep of wins for La Liga clubs in Europe.

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@alexclapham

An Englishman that is a coach and analyst within the youth academy of a Spanish club whilst studying Sports Coaching. Obsessive over the tactical concepts of the European game, Alex regularly attends games in the La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A.

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