The game against AC Milan will be on March 12, a date that brings back positive memories for Barcelona. That was the day in 1997 when the Camp Nou lived yet another incredible evening, this time in the Copa del Rey. In an unforgettable encounter against Atlético Madrid, Barça were 3-0 down at half time. But then the side managed by the late Bobby Robson produced 45 minutes of magic. Pizzi scored the definite goal in a manic match that ended 5-4, and a few weeks later, Barça would be lifting the 1996/97 cup trophy in Madrid.
If Barça are to go into the draw for the Champions League quarter finals, they are going to have to produce some magic on March 12 at the Camp Nou. But despite losing first legs away from home, sometimes to the extent that they were as good as out of the competition, Barça have a habit of upsetting the odds and producing some amazing comeback performances. Here we look back at some of the most memorable.
7 December 1977: FC Barcelona, 3 – Ipswich Town, 0 In the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup 1977/78, Barça knocked out Ipswich on penalties. They made up for 3-0 defeat in East Anglia with two goals from Cruyff and then a Rexach penalty with just three minutes to go. Following a scoreless extra time period, the game went into a penalty shootout, and despite Olmo missing, Rexach, Asensi and Amarillo all scored to send Barça through.
1 November 1978: FC Barcelona, 3 – Anderlecht 0 An almost exact replica of what happened against Ipswich Town. This time in the Cup Winners Cup, Barça had lost 3-0 in the round of 32 in Belgium. But back at the Camp Nou, Krankl, Heredia and then Zuviría in the 85th minute pulled things level. That match also went down to penalties and once again Barça were more effective when it came to spot kicks, winning 4-1 and eventually going on to lift the trophy in Basel.
16 April 1986: FC Barcelona, 3 – Gothenburg, 0 Once again FCB had lost 3-0 away from home, this time against Swedish outfit Gothenburg. They were on the verge of missing out on their second European Cup Final, but a famous hat-trick from Pitxi Alonso (in the 9th, 63rd and 69th minutes) meant the berth in the Seville final would be decided on penalties. With Victor scoring the decisive goal, Barça won 5-4 and a spectacular comeback was completed.
29 September 1993: FC Barcelona, 4 – Dynamo Kiev, 1 This was one of the greatest performances ever by the Dream Team managed by Johan Cruyff. Having lost 3-1 in the Ukraine, Barça needed something very special to make it into the next round of the European Cup. Laudrup (8) and Bakero (16) got the home side off to a glorious start, but Rebrov pulled one back for the visitors. But later in the game, Bakero added a second to level the match on aggregate and then Koeman made it four to keep Barça on the road to what would eventually be a place in the Athens final.
18 April 2000: FC Barcelona, 5 – Chelsea, 1 A heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge (3-1) meant Van Gaal was going to need the very best from his team at the Camp Nou in order to qualify for the last four. And he got it. Barça scored through Rivaldo, Figo and Dani to cancel out what had looked like the decisive goal from Flo. The game went into an extra 30 minutes, where Rivaldo and Kluivert both found the target to send FCB into the semi finals, where they would ultimately succumb to fellow Liga side Valencia.