The Catalan team and the French will meet again in this edition of the Champions League with the sole objective of reaching the quarter-finals. Paris Saint-Germain wants, at least, to repeat the performance of the past year and FC Barcelona is confident of moving forward to try to raise its sixth ‘Orejona’. Next week they will meet again after having faced each other eleven times in recent years with a clear balance on the Barça side and with several matches worth remembering.
The first time that both teams met in the top European competition was in the quarterfinals of the 1994-95 season. The first match ended in a 1-1 draw and on the return leg, in Paris, FC Barcelona went ahead through Bakero, but the locals turned it around thanks to goals from Raí and Guérin, who gave the pass to the Gauls.
Two years later, the Catalans took revenge in the final of the Recopa de Europa in Rotterdam. A solitary goal from Ronaldo, from a penalty in the 37th minute, gave the victory and the title to Bobby Robson’s.
The two teams were not measured again until 2012, but the important series was between 2014 and 2015, when Barcelona and Parisians met four times in the same Champions League. FC Barcelona sentenced the quarter-final tie at the Parque de los Príncipes with goals from Neymar and Luis Suárez, who scored a double. In the return, the Brazilian, with two more goals, certified the pass to the semifinals.
The two best meetings between the two came in 2017 in the round of 16 of the highest continental competition, as will happen this year. The French were far superior at home and with a win they believed to certify their pass to the next round. Di María’s double and goals from Draxler and Cavani delighted all of Paris.
However, what happened at the Camp Nou entered the history books as one of the greatest comebacks in history, an epic game that even UEFA classifies as a competition classic. Luis Suárez opened the scoring early and Kurzawa, on his own, the second before the break.
Messi raised the third to the marker in the 50, but Cavani cut distances and the feat was complicated. The minutes passed and FC Barcelona still needed three goals to turn the tie around. Neymar made the fourth in 88 and in 90, from a penalty, the fifth. Only one goal was missing and then Sergi Roberto appeared to score the most important goal of his career. The locals got the comeback in a historic meeting.