Hey Falcons, Warriors, and Indians, You're Off the Hook
-Written by Alec Baicher
Jumping into my first soccer blog today. Big day for me. I'm kind of upset I haven't wrote a hockey blog before this, but thats besides the point.
Yesterday, we saw the biggest collapse in UEFA Champions League History as Paris Saint-Germain blew a 5-3 aggregate lead after Barcelona scored 3 goals in the final 6 minutes of the second leg of their Quarterfinals matchup.
I was at work while this game was happening and was watching from a distance. I checked the score update and saw Barcelona was up 3-0, which made the aggregate at the time 4-3 to PSG (PSG won the first leg 4-0 at home). Then all of a sudden, Cavani scores for PSG and boom, the heavy favorite to win the Champion's League was basically knocked out.
Then, in the 88th minute, Brazilian superstar Neymar, scored to make it 4-1 in game time, and 5-4 in aggregate. Twitter was going nuts. We all saw the writing on the wall, PSG was breaking down and Barcelona is going to pull of the greatest Houdini act in soccer history. Then BOOM, 90th minute penalty kick to Barcelona and Neymar again knocks it in. TIED 5-5 IN AGGREGATE! Okay I'm done recapping a game you all probably saw but Barcelona scored again in extra time to win the game 6-1 and win the matchup on aggregate score 6-5. Which now brings me to why I write the blog.
In the 'Year of the Collapse' NOTHING compares to what PSG let go from their grip. They were about to take down big, bad, Barcelona. Messi, Neymar, Suarez. The proclaimed best club team in the world! Then in a blink of an eye, poof! It's gone. Giving up 3 goals in the final 6 minutes of a Champion's League match is worse then blowing a 25 point second half lead, its worse than blowing a 3-1 series lead in the NBA finals and the World Series, and it's worse than blowing a lead on the back 9 on Augusta in April.
If I'm a PSG fan, I'm sick to my stomach. I truly don't know how PSG fans can watch soccer again. They had the best team in the world on the ropes!!! Unbelievable. However, what was more sickening is that we completely expected this to happen. A 4-0 lead was not safe coming into this game because Barcelona is Barcelona and when Messi, Neymar, and Suarez get hot (and get some questionable calls going there way), we know what will happen. The Year of the Collapse Man, it lives in 2017.
P.S. If I was a fan of one of these teams that collapsed the past year, I don't think I would ever watch sports again. Seriously, I hope bartenders cut PSG fans off early at the bar tonight.