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Iniesta scores at Stamford Bridge (6/5/09). PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

On May 6, 2009 Barça enjoyed one of their most magical European nights in the Club’s history. After a goalless draw at the Camp Nou in the first leg, Barça travelled to London to face Chelsea in the second leg, with a place in the Rome final at stake. It was a tough game and after Essien put the hosts one up after nine minutes, Barça found it hard to get their game into full swing, a situation made even tougher by the sending off of Abidal on 66 minutes.

A Magic Moment

Time seemed to have run out as on 92 minutes Xavi spread the ball wide on the right  for Dani Alves whose cross to the far post fell to Eto’o, who was unable to control the ball. Essien cleared, but only as far as Messi who burst to the edge of the box before squaring the ball to Iniesta. The Spanish midfielder fired home a brilliant effort to the left of Cech and Barça were in the final!

That goal set up the 2-0 win against Manchester United in the Rome Final to give the team a treble of League, Cup and Champions League, titles that they went on to add to with the Spanish and European Super Cups and the World Club Cup to round off a remarkable 2009 with six trophies and that Iniesta goal on May 6 at Stamford Bridge was a key moment in that historic year.

 

 


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