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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Ronaldinho magic, red card drama: previous Chelsea-Barcelona games

Ahead of Tuesday's meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League, Richard Jolly looks at five previous ties between the two clubs

Chelsea beat Barcelona at Camp Nou in 2012 despite being reduced to 10 men following John Terry's dismissal. Josep Lago / AFP
Chelsea beat Barcelona at Camp Nou in 2012 despite being reduced to 10 men following John Terry's dismissal. Josep Lago / AFP

Ahead of Tuesday's meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League, Richard Jolly looks at five previous ties between the two clubs.

2012 – Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate

One of the most dramatic semi-finals of all. Chelsea won the first leg 1-0. They were reduced to 10 men in the second leg with John Terry sent off. Jose Bosingwa ended up playing centre-back. Lionel Messi missed a penalty, Ramires and Fernando Torres scored and Chelsea progressed.

2009 – Barcelona won on away goals, 1-1 on aggregate

After a 0-0 draw in Spain, the second leg was hugely eventful. Michael Essien put Chelsea ahead, they were denied a series of penalties, Barcelona’s Eric Abidal was red-carded and then Andres Iniesta scored in injury time. Didier Drogba was later banned for a tirade at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

2006 – Barcelona win 3-2 on aggregate

A tie that was largely decided by the first leg. Chelsea had Asier del Horno sent off for fouling Messi and, while the 10 men went ahead with a Thiago Motta own goal, a Terry own goal and a Ronaldinho strike gave Barcelona a 2-1 lead. They held on to it in Catalonia.

2005 – Chelsea won 5-4 on aggregate

Drogba was sent off in a Camp Nou defeat. Jose Mourinho’s criticisms of referee Anders Frisk resulted in the Swede getting threats and being forced into retirement. Mourinho was branded an “enemy of football” but his side scored three early goals at Stamford Bridge. Terry’s header sent them through.

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