Sergi Roberto the unlikely hero for Barcelona

Sergi Roberto the unlikely hero for Barcelona

Barcelona knocked PSG out of the Champions League in the dying seconds of the Round of 16 tie at Camp Nou as La Masia product Sergi Roberto writes his name in to the history books

Ter Stegen was up from the back and the clocking was running down when Sergi Roberto met Neymar’s clipped through ball and guided the ball past an onrushing Trapp. 

Pandemonium ensued, as Roberto was buried beneath a mountain of celebrating Barcelona players and staff on the Camp Nou turf.

Barcelona make history

Sergi Roberto sealed Barcelona’s place in the annuls of European football, as they became the first club to overturn a four goal deficit from the first leg of a Champions League tie. 

Roberto replaced Rafinha on 79 minutes, and at that point, it looked almost certain that Barça would be crashing out of the Champions League.

The Sergi Roberto effect

Roberto’s presence on the pitch coincided with a remarkable swing in fortunes for the Catalan club. Neymar bent a shot in to the top corner on 88 minutes to get PSG’s nerves jangling.

Neymar, that man again, calmly slotted a penalty on 90 minutes as the Fourth Official held up his board to show five minutes of added time. Five minutes in to added time, the stage was set for that man Roberto to write his name in to history; the protagonist of a truly iconic night in the history of FC Barcelona, and European football.

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