FC Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday has been compared to a certain triumph in South Africa 2010.
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague was recently discussing the Catalan club’s round of 16 6-5 aggregate win, which will forever be remembered as the greatest comeback in Champions League history after Barcelona overturned a 4-0 first leg defeat.
Balague addressed some of the controversy surrounding the referee’s decisions, before comparing Barca’s win to Spain’s FIFA World Cup win in South Africa seven years ago.
“I have heard the complaints about referees and cheating,” he told Sky Sports.
“And it is true that Luis Suarez’s penalty should not have been given and Javier Mascherano fouled Di Maria in the box.
“But for something extraordinary to happen, in life and in football, (unintentional) errors usually have to be present. But if you focus solely on that, I think you have lost your childish enthusiasm for this game.
“This is a match that needs Barca to reach to the final so it doesn’t end up being an anecdote. But, to be honest, as anecdotes go, this is the one of the most extraordinary ones I have ever experienced, up there with Spain winning the World Cup in Johannesburg and of course that night in Istanbul in 2005.”
The Blaugrana play their next match on Sunday against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.