Luis Suarez all but ended Arsenal’s slim hopes of a comeback in Wednesday’s Champions League tie when he scored a sensational volley in the 65th minute.
The goal gave Barcelona a 4-1 aggregate lead but the significance of it was forgotten as fans inside the Camp Nou and those watching on television marvelled at what they had just seen.
It was a remarkable strike, and too good to describe. Scroll down the page to watch it for yourself.
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Even Suarez admitted he was clueless as to what he had done. He was quoted by FourFourTwo as telling beIN Sport: “I don’t know how I hit that ball, but I scored.”
And that is all that matters.
Watch Suarez's goal
Arsenal were afforded a glimmer of hope when Mohamed Elneny cancelled out Neymar’s opener and the away team caused Barcelona problems all night.
But in the end, Barca’s class prevailed. Suarez regained the lead and Lionel Messi completed the scoring - and ensured the ‘MSN’ trio all got on the scoresheet - with a neat chip in the 88th minute.
Repeat of last season's triumph
The result means Barca’s aim of becoming the first team to win the Champions League in back-to-back seasons is still on.
They are in the quarter-finals and are clear favourites to lift the famous trophy in Milan in May.
Suarez, who took his tally for the season to 43, admitted he was impressed with the way his took stunted Arsenal’s threat.
“We played a complete game, they complicated the match by getting to 1-1," he continued.
“We needed to control the game when it was 2-1 because we knew about their physical condition and because they had the result going against them, we knew they were going to go and take the game to us.
“In the end we proved we are strong here and made home advantage count."
Luis Enrique is confident
Luis Enrique is fully aware that his team holds the favourites tag, cheekily saying after the game: “The only team I don’t want to face [in the quarter-finals] is Barça, and since it’s a certainty that we won’t…" per Barca’s website.
Having such a confident manager can only inspire the players. What Enrique has created - a team that is on the brink of back-to-back La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League trebles - might never be repeated again.
Of course, his job is made easier by having a front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. The trio have scored 106 goals combined this season and were branded “exceptional” by Arsene Wenger after the game.
The Frenchman said, per Marca: “Messi was absolutely exceptional. He went for 90 minutes and came out of the game without missing a first touch, no matter where the ball came from.
“Barcelona have two or three players who can transform normal life into art. We went out with regrets of course but I must say they have exceptional quality up front.”
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