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Neymar's shoots during Barça's 2–0 win on Tuesday night at Arsenal Stadium. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

FC Barcelona 2–0 win at Arsenal on Tuesday night in the first leg of the UEFA Champions last 16 was, unquestionably, an excellent result. It may not appear to be such a wide margin, but the away goals rule says that it is. In any case, history says it was great for Barça, who have never been knocked out — or even lost — after such a first-leg score. Here are the precedents:

 

Outcomes for Barça in Europe after winning the first leg 2–0 on the road.
Season Return leg score
Round  Competition
1959/60 FCB 5-1 AC Milan Last 16  European Cup
1961/62 FCB 4-1 Estrella Roja Last 32  Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
1963/64 FCB 3-1 Shelbourne Last 32  UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1980/81 FCB 1-0 Sliema Wanderers Last 64  European Cup
1986/87 FCB 2-0 Bayer Uerdingen Last 16  UEFA Cup
1988/89 FCB 5-0 Ram Reikjavik Last 32  UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
2000/01 FCB 1-0 Club Bruges Last 32  UEFA Cup
2010/11 FCB 1-1 Real Madrid Semi-finals UEFA Champions League
2013/14 FCB 2-1 Manchester City Last 16  UEFA Champions League
2015/16 FCB ¿-? Arsenal Last 16   UEFA Champions League
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