default_eblnews.jpg

Barcelona thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 Wednesday to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate in one of the most incredible matches in recent Champions League history, while Borussia Dortmund thumped Benfica 4-0 to overcome a one goal deficit of their own.

At Camp Nou, Luis Suarez's third minute strike and Layvin Kurzawa's own goal got Barcelona off to a good start, with Lionel Messi adding the third as they bid to overcome their 4-0 first leg defeat.

Edinson Cavani struck for PSG to seemingly kill the game but two late goals by Neymar and one in stoppage time by Sergi Roberto sent the Catalans through, against all odds.

"I don’t know how I scored,” said Roberto after the game. “I saw the ball coming from behind, fired in by Neymar, and I flung myself at it with everything I had.

“I saw it cross the line and then I saw myself under all my team-mates, it was incredible, amazing. It is a goal and a moment I will never forget.”

Meanwhile in Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a hat-trick to help his side sail through, with Christian Pulisic adding another.

"It was excellent," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel told broadcaster BT Sport after the game. "We had a brilliant start, we scored with our first chance, which was very important."

"The second half was outstanding. We scored spectacular goals. The performance from the whole team was very good."

In Spain, Barcelona had pressed PSG from the first minute, with even the three-man defence playing most of the game in French territory, and got an early reward when Suarez capitalized on a scramble in the box to head over Kevin Trapp and send his side ahead.

The keeper saw his goal peppered afterwards although it took until the 40th minute for Barcelona to add another. Barcelona skipper Andres Iniesta's backheel in the area stunned Kurzawa, who ended up slicing the ball into his own net.

Five minutes into the second half Neymar won a penalty by colliding with the slipping Thomas Meunier. Lionel Messi converted the spot-kick expertly to put Barcelona on the verge of a sensational comeback.

Cavani looked to have ruined that when he lashed home a superb half-volley after Kurzawa’s knock-down, but a late flurry of goals saw the hosts progress in remarkable fashion.

First, Neymar’s precision free-kick in the 88th minute left Barcelona needing two more goals in the five minutes of stoppage time added on.

Suarez then won a debatable penalty as he tumbled in the PSG area, which Neymar fired home to set up a frantic finale.

The Brazilian then whipped in a cross which substitute Sergi Roberto prodded home from close range in the final minute to complete a most unlikely comeback.

"We have lost a huge opportunity," said losing PSG coach Unai Emery after the game. "We wanted to have more personality and presence. We have to learn from these negative experiences for the future.

"It’s a negative experience for the players, for me and my staff."

In western Germany, Borussia Dortmund thumped Benfica in style to complete a comeback of their own, having lost 1-0 in the first leg in Lisbon.

Aubameyang headed home from close range after Pulisic flicked on a corner in the fourth minute, before the American added the second himself after the interval, with a neat clipped finish over Ederson Moraes.

Aubameyang, in red-hot form this season, stabbed home his second goal of the night after beating Brazilian defender Luisao to a ball across goal. He then raced onto Pulisic’s ball to seal his hat-trick in the 85th minute.

The final round of 16 ties take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, while the quarter-final draw will be done on Friday March 17.

Latest news

Three killed, a dozen wounded in Baghdad truck bombing

At least three people were killed late Wednesday and 12 others were wounded when a truck laden with explosives blew up at the southern entrance to Baghdad, the Iraqi al-Sumaria broadcaster's website reported.

US State Department employee charged over gifts from Chinese spies

A US State Department employee is facing charges related to alleged contacts with Chinese intelligence agents who provided her with tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

US general says Russians may be giving weapons to Taliban

The top US general overseeing operations in Afghanistan said on Wednesday it is possible that Russia has been delivering weapons to the Taliban.

Turkish prime minister says Syria operation has reached an end

The Turkish military operation in northern Syria, ongoing since August, has reached its conclusion, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

Arab summit vows to relaunch plan to end Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Arab leaders ended their one-day annual summit in Jordan on Wednesday with a vow to relaunch a peace plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

SDP says Agrokor debt must not become debt of Croatian citizens and Croatia's instability

Social Democratic Party (SDP) chief Davor Bernardic said after a session of the party presidency on Wednesday that the debt of the troubled food concern Agrokor must not become the debt of Croatian citizens and Croatia's instability.

Turkish court rules against Booking.com, citing competition law

A Turkish court ruled against Booking.com, saying its activities were a breach of the country's competition laws and needed to be halted, the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) said on Wednesday.

Samsung introduces new smartphones in bid to restore image

Technology giant Samsung introduced new models on Wednesday in the Galaxy smartphone line, as the South Korean company seeks to rebuild its brand after last year's recall of devices that burst into flame.

Detained German reporter Yucel's lawyers go to Turkey's top court

Lawyers for Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper currently detained in Turkey, have lodged an appeal against his arrest warrant with the Constitutional Court in Ankara, Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Agrokor announces report on state of the concern and next steps

The Agrokor concern on Wednesday announced that it would soon release a report on the situation in the concern and the steps to be taken.

Plenkovic says analysis of INA buyout models to take a few more weeks

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday he would meet with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban at a European People's Party meeting in Malta for talks about Hungarian energy company MOL's wish to sell its stake in Croatia's INA and Croatia's wish to buy it.

Boy, 16, likely sole survivor of shipwreck off Libya; 146 missing

A 16-year-old boy appeared to be the sole survivor of a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which 146 are feared dead, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Gov't, Agrokor's creditors plan to sign standstill agreement, VTB bank says

The Croatian government and a group of creditors of Croatia's heavily indebted foods and retail group Agrokor plan to sign a standstill agreement this week, Yuri Soloviev, first deputy chief executive with Russia's VTB, has told reporters, as carried by Reuters on Wednesday.

Soviet-era prison camp chief sentenced to 20 years in Romania

Former prison camp commander Ion Ficior was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Romania's highest court on Wednesday.

Russian parliament speaker suggests officials meet with protesters

The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, suggested on Wednesday that officials throughout the government should meet with opposition protesters following rallies across the country at the weekend.

Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied child migrants

Italy on Wednesday passed a law granting unaccompanied migrant children and teens the same protections as Italian minors.

All passengers survive after Peruvian plane bursts into flames

All 141 people aboard a Peruvian Airlines plane escaped with their lives, after it crash landed and went up in flames late Tuesday.

Applause for Zuma criticism at funeral of S African freedom fighter

The funeral of South African anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada took undertones of a rally against President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday as speakers criticized the leader's African National Congress (ANC) party.