History shows Barcelona won't overcome Champions League deficit

Luis Enrique's side lost 4-0 to PSG on Tuesday night

BY Daniel Kelly 09:11 Wednesday 15 February 2017, 9:11 15 Feb 2017

PSG's Edinson Cavani runs and celebrates his team's fourth goal. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Barcelona's 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, remains one of the biggest surprises in recent years of the Champions League.

The Ligue 1 champions shocked Luis Enrique's side in the Parc de Princes with goals coming from Angel Di María, Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani. The second leg takes place on March 8th.

Despite the heavy defeat, hopes for Barcelona are slim to advance to the quarter-finals. No team have ever overcome a four-goal deficit from the first leg in a Champions League tie.

As Super Bowl LI recently showed, comeback records are there to be broken, and if fans were asked to pick a team to try and overcome such a deficit, Barcelona would be at the top of many fan's lists. 

The most famous Champions League second-leg comeback involves a Spanish team. In 2004, after losing the first leg of the quarter-finals 4-1, Deportivo La Coruna won the second leg 4-0 in the Riazor.

Three goals before half-time from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque gave the side an away-goals lead, before a late goal from Fran gave the team a 5-4 win.

Barcelona have a chance of making history, but it's very unlikely. Before Tuesday's game, the Catalans were 3/1 favourites to win the title. They are now 40/1 outsiders. 


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