In the match against Napoli, Barcelona continued a streak that has lasted for 7 years now

Football news 22 feb 2024, 06:09
In the match against Napoli, Barcelona continued a streak that has lasted for 7 years now Getty Images

Yesterday, Barcelona played to a 1-1 draw against Napoli in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. This extended the Catalan side's disheartening streak in European cup competitions.

For seven consecutive years now, Barcelona has been unable to secure victories in the first legs of knockout stages in European competitions.

The preceding seven first-leg matches for Barcelona in European knockout stages are as follows

  • UEFA Champions League 2019/20: Napoli – Barcelona 1:1
  • UEFA Champions League 2020/21: Barcelona – PSG 1:4
  • UEFA Europa League 2021/22: Barcelona – Napoli 1:1
  • UEFA Europa League 2021/22: Barcelona – Galatasaray 0:0
  • UEFA Europa League 2021/22: Eintracht – Barcelona 1:1
  • UEFA Europa League 2022/23: Barcelona – Manchester United 2:2
  • UEFA Champions League 2023/24: Napoli – Barcelona 1:1

The defeat against Bayern by a score of 2-8 is not considered in this sequence, as during that time, the knockout stage consisted of a single match due to the pandemic.

The second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 for the 2023/24 season between Barcelona and Napoli will take place on March 12th.

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