In one of the most iconic nights of European football, Barcelona pulled off a dramatic win over PSG late in the game as they overturned their four goal deficit from the first leg to thrash the French giants 6-5 on aggregate.
It was also the first time in the history of European football that a four-goal deficit had been overturned, with the last three goals coming in the span of just seven minutes. The comeback had sent fans berserk across the globe, with a few comparing it with Manchester United’s last minute winner in 1999 and Liverpool’s comeback at Istanbul in the 2005 final.
And not just fans, it also brought out raw emotions from Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen, panelists at BT Sport on the night, with Owen doing a lap around the studio to express his joy. While Gerrard, too, could be seen jumping in joy and pumping his fist, Owen’s celebration didn’t go down well with his former clubs.
Be it Liverpool, Real Madrid or even Manchester United, where he spent a brief period, the celebration drew criticism from a section of the fans who termed the former England striker a ‘snake’ who was out to make enemies at every football club.
PSG, having won the game 4-0 in the first leg, was expected to go through at ease despite trailing 0-2 at half time. Uruguayan Edinson Cavani helped his side bridge the gap at 3-1, but those last seven minutes turned the game on its head. A 5-1 victory for Barcelona wouldn’t have been enough with the away-goal rule playing spoilsport and thus, when Sergi Roberto sent the ball at the back of the net, the Promised Land had been reached.
Just getting my breath back!!! https://t.co/OH0QeLFZM0— michael owen (@themichaelowen) March 8, 2017
Real Madrid and Liverpool fans seemed to have been angered the most while a few was critical of the entire panel for their celebrations and accused them of having forgotten where they hailed from.
Even former fellow teammate John Arne Riise joined the show and took to Twitter to take a barb. “@themichaelowen quickest you have run for a while mate,” he wrote on the micro-blogging website.
@themichaelowen quickest you have run for a while mate👏🏻😂— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) March 8, 2017
@themichaelowen yea all you guys needed was some Barca shirts. IDIOTS— hektor (@hectorbass) March 8, 2017
Michael Owen was recently at the Bernabéu, being honoured by Real Madrid. Tonight he's running around celebrating a Barça goal. Disgusting.— Tom Wilde (@TWilde91) March 8, 2017
@themichaelowen didn't u play for Real Madrid? 🤔— Matt Machan (@mattmachan) March 8, 2017
@themichaelowen— JFT96 (@RedAlert1963) March 8, 2017
Another of your former clubs fans you showed no respect for?
Running around celebrating a goal for Madrids biggest rivals