The only time FC Barcelona have played a one off cup tie at home
A comfortable win over Girona in the stadium at Les Corts is the only precedent when it comes to a do or die cup tie at their own ground
On Thursday Camp Nou will see Barça host Leganés in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. With the competition's new format, the tie will be decided over just one match with the draw handing the blaugranes home advantage against 'los pepineros', something that has not happened in the knockout tournament for some considerable time.
Big win over Girona at Les Corts
There has never been a one off knockout tie at Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey, the last for FC Barcelona at home came at their former home of Les Corts. That match came in the 1948/49 season in what was then known as the Copa del Generalíssimo in the last 16 against local rivals Girona. Barça's opponents that day were in the Second Division and the blaugranes handed them a 9-0 defeat thanks to a hat-trick from Nicolau, braces from Seguer and Canal and goals from Marcos Aurelio and Basora.
That season the cup competition was over two legs but Girona took advantage of a rule introduced just for that season that allowed them to opt for a one legged tie in return for compensation, in this case from 150,000 pesetas from FC Barcelona.
After overcoming Granada in the quarter-finals, Barça were finally knocked out of the cup in the semi-finals, losing 5-4 on aggregate over two legs to eventual winners Valencia. Nevertheless, the season was a successful one for the blaugranes as they ended the campaign as league champions and as winners of the Copa Eva Duarte and the Copa Latina.