Top 5 Greatest Comebacks in FC Barcelona History – Tyler Lake

Top 5 Greatest Comebacks in FC Barcelona History – Tyler Lake

September 15th & September 19th 1993: FC Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kyiv

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On September 15th 1993, FC Barcelona faced Dynamo Kyiv in Ukrain in the first leg of the first round in the United Champions League. In the 5th minute of play, Dynamo’s Victor Leonenko scores a crossing header from inside the goal area. It would take Barcelona 22 minutes later to equalize the game at 1-1 from an easy goal inside of the 18 yard box. Right before the first half was nearing an end, Dynamo’s Victor Leonenko was earned a penalty kick for being fouled inside of the box. His penalty kick goal in the 44th minute gave Dynamo a 2-1 lead into halftime. Dynamo Kyiv’s side constantly pressured the Barcelona midfielders forcing them to turn over the ball and create chances on goal. Victor Leonenko would go on to score his second goal of the game in the 55th minute to seal the game at 3-1. Johan Cryuff’s Barcelona team would need a big comeback in the second leg to advance in the tournament.

On September 29th 1993, the second leg of the first round in the Champions League between FC Barcelona vs Dynamo Kviv took place. The scoring chart started early in the 9th minute when Michael Laudrup received a pass into the penalty area and capitalized on the opportunity. In the 17th minute, Jose Bakero scored to give Barcelona a solid 2-0 lead early in the match. With all the momentum building, Barcelona had their eyes on advancing to the second round. Dynamo’s Sergiy Rebrov puts the ball behind Barcelona’s goalkeeper putting the score at 2-1. Barcelona would need just 2 more goals to move on in which they were capable of doing from Bakero’s second goal in the 47th minute and Ronald Koeman’s goal in the 67th minute. Koeman’s goal secured Barcelona a 4-1 win in the second leg advancing Barcelona to the second round with the overall aggregate favoring 5:4. Even though Johan Cryuff’s team looked in danger of existing the tournament after the first match, the blaugranes were able to squeeze a 4-1 win in the second match, claiming one of Barcelona’s greatest comebacks in team history.

February 26th & March 12th 1997: FC Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

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On February 26th 1997, Atletico Madrid hosted FC Barcelona in the first leg of the quarter-finals in the Copa del Rey in Madrid. Atletico Madrid’s Luis Caminero opens the scoring table at the 19th minute of play. Atletico led much of the match up 1-0 until right before halftime when Juan Pizzi was awarded a penalty for a foul in the box, giving Barcelona their first goal and tying the game at 1-1. As the match went on, both teams were creating chances to gain a goal advantage over the other team. In the 64th minute, Juan Pizzi would score his second goal giving Barcelona a 2-1 lead. Atletico Madrid was able to equalize the game at 2-2 when Kiko put the ball in the back of the net eight minutes after Pizzi’s goal. The game would finish a tie at 2-2 giving an advantage to Barcelona since the second round would be played at the Camp Nou.

On March 12th 1997, Barcelona hosted Atletico Madrid for the second round in the Copa del Rey quarter final. Atletico Madrid wasted no time and scored very early in the match, the 8th minute, from a rebound caused by Barcelona’s goalkeeper. Milinko Pantic would go on to score 2 more goals in the first half, giving Atletico Madrid a 3-0 lead. Barcelona dug themselves into a deep hole and it seemed that they wouldn’t be able to make it, having to score 4 goals in order to advance due to the aggregate rule. In extra time remaining in the first half, Barcelona would score their first goal of the game from Ronaldo, making the game score at 3-1 at halftime. Barcelona would quickly score after the half in the 51st minute to put the overall score at 3-2. With breathing room, Barcelona looked fierce and hungry for more goals. Milinko Pantic would score his 4th goal within a minute after Ronaldo’s goal to put Atletico up 4-2. Barcelona would need 3 more goals in order to post an historical comeback Barcelona’s Figo would score at the 67 minute and Ronaldo positing his hat-trick in the 72nd minute to tie the match at 4-4. With 9 minutes left to play in regulation, Juan Pizzi retrieved a save from Atletico’s goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the right side of the net to secure a 5-4 win at the Camp Nou. Nobody was ready for the madness that erupted throughout the match, pulling off a remarkable comeback against Atletico Madrid. FC Barcelona ended up facing Las Palmas in the semifinals winning on aggregate 7:0. As they advanced to the final facing Real Betis, tensions stirred but Barcelona went on to win 3-2, promoting them as the Copa

April 5th & April 18th 2000: FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea

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On April 5th 2000, Chelsea hosted FC Barcelona in the first leg of the UCL quarter finals. It was one of the most important fixtures to be held at Stamford Bridge. At the start of the match, both teams were asserting authority in an attempt to score an early goal. Chelsea would start the scoring table off with a free-kick goal from Gianfranco Zola in the 30th minute, slotting the ball on the left side of the frame past Barcelona goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Zola finds Tore Flo running into the area and lays the ball off for him to tap in a close range shot. In the 38th minute, Tore Flo would score again just outside of the area, up and over Barcelona keeper Ruud Hesp. It wouldn’t be until the second half in the 64th until Barcelona gets there first goal from Luis Figo. He slotted the ball past Chelsea GK Ed De Goey with ease. The match would end favoring Chelsea with a 3:1 aggregate lead against FC Barcelona.

On April 18th 2000, Barcelona hosted Chelsea in the second leg down on aggregate 3:1 from the last match between the two teams. After a foul in the 24th minute from Chelsea’s Didier Deschamps, Barcelona was awarded a free-kick in the center from 25 yards out. Rivaldo would take the attempt and shot the ball off a player in the wall, deflecting and ending in the back of the net. This first goal sparked an ignition for Barcelona and they heavily possessed. With time running out in the first half, Luis Figo would score from a ball off the right post, posted in the 45th minute of play. Chelsea would go on to score their only goal in the second half at the 60th minute from Tore Flo. With Barcelona leading 2-1, the overall aggregate is now at 4:3 in favor of Chelsea. Barcelona would score in the 83rd minute from a set piece created by Guardiola which Dani Garcia heads the ball into the net. Since the aggregate was at 4:4 at the end of the match, the game would go into overtime, having two 15 minute half’s. Barcelona wasted no time in extra time and scored in the 97th minute from a penalty caused by Chelsea’s Babayaro lunge. Then in the 104th minute, Barcelona sealed the game from a goal from Patrick Kluivert. Barcelona would end up winning on aggregate 6:4 moving on in the Champions League to face Valencia in the semi-finals.

August 14th & August 21st, 2010: FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla

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On August 14th 2010, Sevilla would host FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Supercopa. Barcelona would score first from a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside of the goal area in the 20th minute of play. He scored a wonderful goal from the outside of his foot into the left side of Sevilla’s goalkeeper. Sevilla would score their first goal in the 62nd minute from Luis Fabiano as he kicks the ball through the legs of the Barcelona goalkeeper to level the score at 1-1. Chelsea’s Frederic Kanoute would dominate the rest of the match scoring two goals in the 73rd and 83rd minute respectively. The match would end 3-1 giving Sevilla a 3:1 aggregate in the first leg of the Supercopa.

On August 21st 2010, Barcelona would look to get back in the second leg versus Sevilla at the Camp Nou. Barcelona were facing an uphill struggle against Sevilla after losing their first leg 3-1 a week ago at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. In the 14th minute, Barcelona would score from an own goal caused by Sevilla’s Abdoulay Konko due to a low cross from Pedro. In the 25th minute, Lionel Messi made the score 2-0 after a beautiful ball from Xavi, with Messi going one on one with the goalkeeper. Dani Alves finds Lionel Messi running towards the front post and Messi slots the ball into the roof of the net to give Barcelona a 3-0 lead. Messi would get a hat-trick in the 90th minute from a ball from Iniesta ended the scoring chart and gave Barcelona a 4-0 victory. Barcelona won 5:3 on aggregate for their ninth Supercopa title and it certainly showed that they are still one of the greatest teams in the world.

February 14th & March 8th 2017: FC Barcelona vs. Paris SG

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On February 14th 2017, Paris SG hosted FC Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League. The hosting team scored in the 18th minute when, after Samuel Umtiti fouled Draxler on the edge area, Di Maria scored a free-kick against a unorganized wall and gave Barcelona’s keeper Ter Stegen no chance. Lionel Messi would lose possession in Barcelona’s own half and Paris SG took advantage of the opportunity. Julian Draxler would score that goal from the opportunity in the 40th minute to give PSG a 2-0 lead going into halftime. PSG created many chances due to Barcelona leave huge gaps in midfield. Angel di Maria would score again in the 55th minute from a beautiful curl with his left food past Ter Stegen. Edison Cavani would seal the game in the 71st minute scoring his first goal ever against Barcelona and giving a 4-0 win in the first leg of the round of 16. At this point, no other team has come back to advance in the second leg down four goals. Could Barcelona be the first team in Champions League history to do this?

On March 8th 2017, Barcelona would take on Paris SG in the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League. Barcelona was able to get two goals on the score before halftime cutting the deficit in half. Luis Suarez would start the game off early with a goal in the 3rd minute from a header. An own goal from Paris SG’s Layvin Kurzawa in the 40th minute gave Barcelona a confident 2-0 lead. Lionel Messi made the aggregate 4:3 with a penalty shot in the 50th minute of play. Edison Cavani seemed to secure Paris SG’s win with his goal in the 62nd minute. This left Barcelona needing to score three more goals which appeared to be unlikely until a crazy climax came. Neymar would score in the 88th minute off a brilliant free-kick but his night wasn’t over as he scored again in 91st minute of the game, in extra time, from a penalty kick. Substitute Sergi Roberto scored a dramatic goal to give Barcelona the win in the 5th minute of extra play, 95th minute overall. This was the first time in Champions League history that a team turned around a 4-0 deficit, making this game one of the greatest comebacks in the history of soccer. Luis Enrique came sprinting onto the pitch once the final whistle blew to celebrate the team’s 6-1 victory against Paris SG advancing them on aggregate 6:5.

 

Works Cited

https://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/news/2016-2017/5-super-bowl-style-fc-barcelona-comebacks

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1944120.html

http://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/where-barcelona-psg-miracle-ranks-among-greatest-champions-league-comebacks/

https://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/news/2016-2017/the-world-s-press-reacts-to-fc-barcelona-s-historic-comeback-psg

 

 

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