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05.03.2009 18:16

End of the semi final curse

Anna Segura

By reaching the final of the Copa del Rey, Barça have ended a run of two consecutive seasons in which they have come within one step of the big game. And of course, last year they also missed out on a place in the Champions League final following one

Third time lucky. Barça have avoided defeat for the third year running in the Copa del Rey semi finals.

Getafe comeback

WEB_GETAFE_10.jpgIn 2006-07, Barça were confident going into their second leg against Getafe having already won 5-2, including Messi’s wonder-goal. But things all went horribly wrong in the return leg, and Rijkaard’s side crashed out in dramatic fashion, 4-0.

Valencia, last year

val-fcb_copa_17_x6x.jpgLast year they were also on the verge of a place in the grand final, with the first leg against Valencia ending scoreless at the Camp Nou. But again, they slipped up away from home, losing 3-2.

A goal away from Moscow

manutd-fcb_x2x.jpgLike in the Copa del Rey, Barça also made it no further than the semis in the last edition of the Champions League. Just one goal was scored over the two legs, by Paul Scholes, but that was enough to ensure it was Manchester United, and not Barça, that was off to the Russian capital to face Chelsea.
End of the semi final curse
Good sign
The last time Barça won a semi final was in the Champions League of 2005-06. They put Milan out in the semis and then went to Paris to take on Arsenal in the final. Eto'o and Belletti turned the game around after the Gunners had gone ahead, and Frank Rijkaard was able to celebrate his biggest success in his time at FCB.

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