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This soccer commentator absolutely lost his mind at the Barca comeback

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That goal came in the 95th minute when Sergi Roberto flicked the ball home to begin wild celebrations.

PSG are still well alive on all domestic fronts and will certainly fancy their fortunes against last-placed Lorient when they resume Ligue 1 action Sunday evening, but it won't take away from how deflating the past couple of days have been for everyone involved with Paris Saint-Germain. They were trying to play in little triangles, it invited the pressure, and Barcelona suffocated them.

Sports daily L'Equipe needed just one word to sum up the capitulation with the headline "Unspeakable".

Some reckon Barcelona's comeback was down to PSG collapsing and bottling it.

Coach Luis Enrique hailed Barcelona's record breaking 6-1 win over Paris St Germain as a triumph of collective will but they were indebted to Neymar in a performance the Brazilian called the best of his career. "We never gave up believing". They are the first team since 2010 to score three goals in the 80th minute or later in regulation of a Champions League match.

It was an emotional rollercoaster for Barcelona and for Neymar it was seven minutes in heaven.

Already a star, Neymar went supernova. Suddenly, he was unstoppable. "The sixth goal was scored with the hope of the fan who was on the other side of the world". The last to do so was Barcelona's bitter rivals Real Madrid more than 30 years ago. Sure, Barcelona could score four goals, but could they keep Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria off the scoresheet? Twenty four hours later, he was looking like Nostradamus.

Despite a commanding lead going into Wednesday's return-leg fixture at the iconic Camp Nou Stadium, the Germany global is well aware the Catalans can't be counted out. "This is dedicated to them because this isn't the Harlem Globetrotters, this is football", he said, referring to the famous American exhibition basketball team.

Betis have won just two league games in 2017. Dead, revived, dead, revived.

Barca manager Luis Enrique's gesticulated wildly on the touchline while nearly 100,000 fanatical supporters inside the Nou Camp roared their side on, but their hopes seemed lost, even when Brazilian playmaker Neymar drilled home a rocket-fuelled free kick on 88 minutes.

Neymar was Barcelona's outstanding player on the night, scoring two, winning a penalty and assisting Roberto's dramatic strike.