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Barça and Atlético are no strangers to playing each other in the Spanish Cup. In fact, this is the sixteenth time that the Catalans will have made the trip to the Vicente Calderón, or the Estadio Manzanares as it was originally named, to face the red-and-whites in the knockout competition.

These games have brought a bit of everything, with eight wins for Barça, six for Atlético and two draws. But recent cup visits have generally gone the way of the Catalans, and a repeat performance on Wednesday at 9.00pm CET would be just the tonic to set things up for the second leg at the Camp Nou the Tuesday after.

The most recent meeting was in the 2014/15 season, with Barça winning 3-2 on their way to the cup title and the treble under Luis Enrique. That game was in the quarter-final and would end with Barça progressing 4-2 on aggregate.

Barça’s opener was a Miranda own goal, while Neymar Jr made good of his speed to score the second and his opportunism to score the third.

The Brazilian is not the only member of the current squad who already knows what it’s like to score a cup brace on Atlético’s home patch. Leo Messi got two in the 3-1 win in the round of 16 of the 2008/09 edition. The first came off a fine back-heel from Alves and the second involved a stunning piece of ball control. Barça ended up romping into the next round to the tune of a 5-2 aggregate win.

Barça also progressed in 1994/95, 5-4 on aggregate. The highlight of the 3-1 win in Madrid was an absolute scorcher from outside the area by Gica Hagi.

You can enjoy all these amazing memories by watching the video above!


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