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21.04.2010 17:54

Dynamo and Chelsea the path to follow

Jordi Clos

On the last two occasions that Barca have lost the first leg of a Champions league tie 3-1, they have gone on to win on aggregate, beating Dynamo Kiev 4-1 and Chelsea 5-1.

A glance at the history books will tell you that the Camp Nou is a difficult place to come even if you bring a substantial advantage from the first leg. A packed stadium creates a terrifying atmosphere than few teams can withstand. Ipswich Town (UEFA 76/77), Anderlecht (Cup Winners Cup 78/79) and Gothenburg (European Cup 85/86) were all knocked out despite winning the first leg 3-0. The same happened to Dynamo Kiev and Chelsea more than a decade ago.

The Dream Team’s finest hour?

BARxA_4_DINAMO_KIEV_1_x29-9-93x041.jpgJohan Cruyff’s Barca side won four consecutive league titles and the Club’s first ever European Cup, and left behind the memory of some fantastic performances. It’s a difficult choice but many people would choose the match between Barca and Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of the R16 of the Champions League 93/94 as their most complete performance. They overturned a 3-1 deficit from the first leg with goals from Laudrup, Bakero (2) and Koeman and went through to the next round.

The last great comeback

BARxA-CHELSEA_2000-2.jpgSix years later, Barca – managed by Louis Van Gaal – needed something special after losing the first leg of their 1999-2000 quarterfinal 3-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Dani García, Rivaldo and Figo took the game to extra time. Rivaldo, who had missed a penalty earlier in the match, took his chance in extra time and then Kluivert clinched a 5-1 win that sent Barca through to the semis.
Dynamo and Chelsea the path to follow
One to forget
In the 1959-60 season, Barca lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-finals of the European Cup. Real Madrid then won 3-1 in the Camp Nou, marking the end of Helenio Herrera’s time as first team manager.

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