Xavi vs Atlético Madrid

Xavi vs Atlético Madrid / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

FC Barcelona were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in seven seasons. In a very even tie, Atlético Madrid defeated Barça in the continental tournament.

Group winners

In the group stage, FC Barcelona finished first over AC Milan, Ajax and Celtic. They secured a total of 13 points thanks to wins against Ajax (4-0), Celtic (0-1 and 6-1) and Milan (3-1) and a draw away to the Italians (1-1). The only defeat came in Amsterdam (2-1).

4-1 against City

In the knockout round FC Barcelona was paired up with Manchester City. In the first leg Barça won 0 to 2, thanks to goals from Messi (p) and Alves. The second leg finished with 2 to 1 on the scoreboard, Messi and Alves were the goal scorers.

The next round was Barça’s last. A 1-1 at the Camp Nou, followed by a 1-0 at the Vicente Calderón was enough to see Gerardo Martino’s men out of the competition. Atlético Madrid eventually reached the final in Lisbon, but were eliminated by Real Madrid.