Alexis v Bayer Leverkusen / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

For just the second time in six years FC Barcelona return from the first leg of a round of 16 Champions League tie with a victory. The first time was two years ago against Leverkusen, when goals from Alexis (2) and Messi earned the Blaugrana the win in Germany (1-3).

Recent history shows that this particular round in the competition hasn’t been necessarily easy for Barça seeing that last year the first team fell 2-0 at the San Siro against Milan, three years ago they lost 2-1 to Arsenal and in the 2009/10 and 2008/09 seasons they drew 1-1 with Stuttgart and Lyon, respectively. Despite the defeats and draws, Barça have always progressed to the quarter-finals.

No defeats in the second leg

FC Barcelona have won the first leg of a European tie by 0-2 on eight occasions, and they’ve always made it to the next round. Furthermore, Barça have never lost a second leg of a tie at the Camp Nou that started with a 0-2 result from the first leg. An overview of the second leg results after a 0-2 victory in the first leg:

European Cup 1959/60
FC Barcelona 5-1 AC Milan

Fairs Cup 1961/62
FC Barcelona 4-1 Estrella Roja

Cup Winners Cup 1963/64
FC Barcelona 3-1 Shelbourne

UEFA Cup 1980/81
FC Barcelona 1-0 S. Wanderers

UEFA Cup 1986/87
FC Barcelona 2-0 Bayer Uerdingen

Cup Winners Cup 1988/89
FC Barcelona 5-0 Ram Reikjavik

UEFA Cup 2000/01
FC Barcelona 1-1 Club Bruges

Champions League 2010/11
FC Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid