Five classic Chelsea vs. Barcelona Champions League ties
Five classic Chelsea vs. Barcelona Champions League ties
Here, is a look back at the five previous knockout ties between the English champions and Catalan giants in the Champions League.
2000 quarterfinal: Barcelona won 6-4 on aggregate
Chelsea's first foray into the quarter-finals in 2000 got off to a flying start as Gianfranco Zola and a Tore Andre Flo double put the hosts 3-0 up inside 38 minutes of the first leg.
However, Luis Figo grabbed a vital away goal after the break to set up a Barca second leg fightback.
Rivaldo and Figo struck before half-time at the Camp Nou to give Barca the advantage on away goals before Flo restored Chelsea's aggregate lead.
Pep Guardiola provided the cross from which Dani Garcia's header took the game to extra-time.
Rivaldo's penalty edged Barca ahead, having earlier missed from the spot, before Patrick Kluivert capped the comeback with Barca's fifth.
2005 last 16: Chelsea won 5-4 on aggregate
The presence of former Barca assistant Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss took the rivalry to new heights in 2005.
Mourinho was furious with Swedish referee Anders Frisk after he sent-off Didier Drogba with Chelsea leading 1-0 at the Camp Nou in the first leg.
Frisk retired from refereeing less than a month later, citing death threats.
Barca came back against the 10 men to win 2-1 on the night, but were blown away by another fast Chelsea start at the Bridge.
Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff put the Blues 3-0 up inside 20 minutes before Ronaldinho, firstly from the penalty spot, and then with a stunning outside of the foot strike from outside the box nudged Barca ahead on away goals.
However, John Terry's header 14 minutes from time won the tie, with this time Barca complaining of a foul on goalkeeper Victor Valdes by Ricardo Carvalho.
Last 16 2006: Barcelona won 3-2 on aggregate
Lionel Messi started just one knockout game on Barca's run to winning the Champions League in 2006. Unfortunately, for Chelsea the Argentine was still decisive.
Asier del Horno saw red for hacking down an 18-year-old Messi before half-time in the first leg.
Barca made the man advantage count through a Terry own goal and Samuel Eto'o in a 2-1 win.
Ronaldinho then sealed the tie back at the Camp Nou before Lampard's late penalty.
Semifinal 2009: Barcelona won on away goals
The most controversial of all the clashes came in 2009 when Chelsea saw four strong penalty appeals waived away by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo before being hit by a late sucker punch.
After a forgettable 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou, Chelsea went in front in spectacular fashion through Michael Essien's volley.
Three penalty claims then came and went, whilst Barca also had Eric Abidal sent-off.
But the 10 men got the goal that paved the way for Guardiola's men to win the treble when Andres Iniesta fired into the top corner three minutes into stoppage time.
Yet there was still time for Ovrebo to turn down final howls for a spot-kick when the ball struck Eto'o's arm, sparking fury from Chelsea players and fans.
Semifinal 2012: Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate
The English side got their revenge in Guardiola's final Champions League match as Barca boss three years later by upsetting the odds despite again going down to 10 men.
Drogba gave Chelsea a slender 1-0 lead to take to Catalonia and that didn't look like being enough when Terry saw red for kicking out at Alexis Sanchez before Sergio Busquets and Iniesta turned the tie around.
However, Ramires's wonderful chip hauled Chelsea back into the tie and they withstood wave upon wave of Barca attack after the break as Messi also hit the bar with a penalty.
And it was the unlikely figure of Fernando Torres who landed the final blow when he broke away for Chelsea's second in stoppage time to set up the Londoners' solitary Champions League triumph.
Lionel Messi under pressure once again at World Cup as Ronaldo tops goals charts
- Lionel Messi is under pressure to deliver when Argentina face Croatia on Thursday
- The Barcelona forward had a first game to forget, failing to convert a penalty as the two-time world champions drew 1-1 with Iceland
YEKATERINBURG: Lionel Messi is under pressure to deliver when Argentina face Croatia on Thursday after his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo streaked clear at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts.
The Barcelona forward had a first game to forget, failing to convert a penalty as the two-time world champions drew 1-1 with Iceland in their Group D opener.
In stark contrast, Ronaldo, who last month won his fifth Champions League winner’s medal, now has four goals in Russia and looks a shoo-in to win his sixth world player of the year award.
Elsewhere on Thursday, 1998 champions France can virtually ensure progress from Group C with a win against Peru, while Australia need to bounce back against Denmark after losing to Les Bleus.
Messi’s teammates have rallied around their superstar captain after his disappointing performance against Iceland.
He is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986, desperate to crown his glittering career with a major international tournament success.
A defeat against the Luka Modric-led Croatians in Nizhny Novgorod could see Argentina, unthinkably, flirting with a first exit at the group stage since 2002.
“We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever,” said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala of Messi.
“We are here to help him every moment, and of course we will be at his side.”
Croatia secured three points in a 2-0 win against Nigeria in their opening game but enter the match under a cloud.
AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from Russia for reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute, though coach Zlatko Dalic said the AC Milan man had a back injury.
France, who edged past Australia 2-1 courtesy of an Antoine Griezmann penalty and an own goal in their Group C opener, vowed to ramp up the intensity against Peru in Yekaterinburg.
“We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general,” said vice-captain and central defender Raphael Varane.
“Other teams (among the favorites) did not win or even lost. We won, but we know that there are things to improve on. We know what direction we need to go in.”
The defeat to France mean the Socceroos need a win against Christian Eriksen’s Denmark in Samara.
“We know (Eriksen) is a fantastic player and obviously he’s got a huge role to play for them,” said Australia captain Mile Jedinak.
“But we’re not trying to focus on that. We’ll definitely focus on them as whole and as a collective.”
Russia are celebrating after Wednesday’s results confirmed they have qualified for the knockout round for the first time since the Soviet era along with Uruguay, condemning Mohamed Salah’s Egypt and Saudi Arabia to an early exit.
Morocco will also be leaving Russia after the first round following their defeat to European champions Portugal, who are level with Spain on four points at the top of Group B.
Former England captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Argentina in the World Cup final after a positive start against Tunisia.
“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he said.
And former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he believes the World Cup should return to England when Europe next gets its turn to host the tournament.
Blatter has arrived in Moscow to attend matches at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin despite being banned from the game for alleged corruption during his 17 years at the head of world football.
Away from the football, Burger King has apologized for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.
Burger King removed the ad and tried to make amends after a furor erupted on social media and in international media.
“We apologize for our statement. It turned out to be too offensive,” the company said.