Neymar Jr's late heroics against Paris Saint-Germain allowed Barça to claim a berth in the Champions League quarterfinals. | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Elimination was near, but the power of Neymar Jr could not be undone.

It was in this moment, in the 88th minute at Camp Nou, when all hope had faded, that Neymar, FC Barcelona’s 25-year-old striker, took up his team’s cause.

First, a free kick. Then, a penalty kick. Then, with a deep pass that seemed to hang over the earth for 500 years, the Brazilian found one of the most unlikely players imaginable. A full-back, Sergi Roberto of the Barça youth academy. One by one, Paris Saint-Germain fell to the power of Neymar...

PSG, which had brought a 4–0 aggregate lead into Camp Nou, had been defeated.

It was a team effort, no doubt, but the time had come for Neymar to shape the fortunes of all…

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