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Suárez and Messi, in one of the last matches of 2017 | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The first game of the year and a first victory. That’s what FC Barcelona want to achieve against Celta, at Balaídos, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie. A win that, besides handing the advantage to Barça, would break a streak of three years without a win in the opening match.

In spite of those three results - defeats against Real Sociedad (2015) and Athletic Club (2017), and a draw against Espanyol (2016) - the stats for the first games of each year since the beginning of the 21st century are good; 10 Wins, four draws and four defeats in 18 matches. Therefore, Ernesto Valverde’s side have the opportunity to start 2018 with the eleventh victory since 2000.

 

DATE MATCH RESULT COMPETITION
5/1/2000 Barça - Real Sociedad 3-1 La Liga
3/1/2001 Ceuta - Barça 0-3 Copa del Rey
6/1/2002 Barça - Zaragoza 2-0 La Liga
5/1/2003 Barça - Recre 3-0 La Liga
4/1/2004 Racing - Barça 3-0 La Liga
9/1/2005 Villarreal - Barça 3-0 La Liga
3/1/2006 Zamora - Barça 1-3 Copa del Rey
7/1/2007 Getafe - Barça 1-1 La Liga
2/1/2008 Barça - Alcoià 2-2 Copa del Rey
3/1/2009 Barça - Mallorca 3-1 La Liga
2/1/2010 Barça - Villarreal 1-1 La Liga
2/1/2011 Barça - Levante 2-1 La Liga
4/1/2012 Barça - Osasuna 4-0 Copa del Rey
6/1/2013 Barça - Espanyol 4-0 La Liga
5/1/2014 Barça - Elche 4-0 La Liga
4/1/2015 Real Sociedad - Barça 1-0 La Liga
2/1/2016 Espanyol - Barça 0-0 La Liga
5/1/2017 Athletic - Barça 2-1 Copa del Rey

 

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