Barcelona steeled for Donbass stronghold
FC Barcelona visit one of European football’s most redoubtable strongholds when they take on FC Shakhtar Donetsk, although the Spanish side have the considerable comfort of a 5-1 first-leg cushion.
FC Barcelona visit one of European football’s most redoubtable strongholds when they take on FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
• The Spanish side, however, have the considerable comfort of a 5-1 lead following the first leg at the Camp Nou. Andrés Iniesta, Daniel Alves, Gerard Piqué, Seydou Keita and Xavi Hernández scored the goals, Yaroslav Rakitskiy mustering Shakhtar’s sole reply.
• Shakhtar must do what only three clubs have previously managed in UEFA competition – overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit. Real Madrid CF recovered a 5-1 loss at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup third round, winning the return 4-0, while Leixões SC (against FC La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1961/62 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup first round) and FK Partizan (Queens Park Rangers FC, 1984/85 UEFA Cup second round), overturned 6-2 away losses with 5-0 and 4-0 home victories respectively.
• RC Deportivo La Coruña hold the record for the biggest first-leg defeat overturned in the UEFA Champions League era, losing 4-1 at AC Milan in the 2003/04 quarter-finals but subsequently winning 4-0 at home.
• Since moving into the Donbass Arena in September 2009 the Ukrainian titleholders have yet to lose a game there. They have a 100% home record in this term’s UEFA Champions League and are unbeaten in 12 games in European competition in Donetsk, including nine victories.
more at : http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2011/round=2000120/match=2007734/prematch/background/
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