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07.04.2011 12:05

5-1, guaranteed success in Europe for Barša

Jes˙s Carrillo

Wednesday was the eighth time that FC Barcelona have won 5-1 at home in a European tie, and each time they have gone on to qualify.

5-1, guaranteed success in Europe for Barša

Second 5-1 this season
Barša already won one game 5-1 in this season’s edition of the Champions League. That was against Greek champions Panathinaikos, and Barša went on to finish top of their group.
In the Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, European Cup and Champions League, FC Barcelona have always made good of 5-1 wins, and will be hoping the story continues against Shakhtar Donetsk.

First example, Milan

Barša won their first opening leg 5-1 in the round of 16 on November 25, 1959 in front of 80,000 spectators against the side from Lombardy. Under manager Helenio Herrera they had already won away, and Kubala, with a hat-trick, was the star of the show in a great match.

First time in UEFA Cup

In 1961/62 the Camp Nou was the venue for a UEFA Cup second round match against Dynamo Zagreb. Evaristo Macedo scored three goals as the home fans revelled in a 5-1 win. The 2-2 draw in the Croatian city two weeks later was enough to ensure passage for Barša.

Fifteen year later and the same score was repeated against Tulevik of Norway. This was in the second leg after Rinus Michels’ side had already settled much of the affair with a 3-0 win in Norway. Asensi scored two of Barša’s five goals in the second leg.

First game with Steaua Bucharest

In 1977/78, Barša played Romanian side Steaua for the first time. The 5-1 win left the UEFA Cup first round tie as good as settled, and still managed by Michels, they won again, 3-1, in Bucharest. Argentinian ‘Milonguita’ Heredia got two goals at the Camp Nou.

Heading for the final

In 1993/94, Barša won their first Champions League match 5-1. Their victims were Russian outfit Spartak Moscow, a result that put Johan Cruyff’s side top of the group. Karpin opened the scoring for the visitors, but Koeman (2), Amor and Romario all resoundingly finished off the job started by Stoitchkov’s equaliser.

But the best remembered 5-1 win came in the quarter finals of the Champions League in 1999/2000. Louis van Gaal’s side had lost the first leg to Chelsea, 3-1, but in the second bounced back with goals from Figo, Rivaldo (2), Dani and Kluivert in a game that went into extra time.

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