Barcelona face a sizeable task in their quarter-final second leg against Juventus, but the Azulgrana have previous in coming from three down – and not just with two minutes to go as they did against Paris Saint-Germain in the last round!
In all, Barça have lost the away first leg of a UEFA competition tie on 27 occasions; they subsequently progressed to the next round 13 times. More specifically, they have been beaten 3-0 on the road in five first legs, and overturned those arrears on three occasions.
Three occasions to give Barcelona hope
1977/78 UEFA Cup third round
Ipswich Town 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-0 Ipswich Town (Barcelona win 3-1 on penalties)
1978/79 European Cup Winners’ Cup second round
Anderlecht 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-0 Anderlecht (Barcelona win 4-1 on penalties)
1985/86 European Champion Clubs’ Cup semi-finals
Göteborg 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-0 Göteborg (Barcelona win 5-4 on penalties)
What happened on the other two occasions?
1973/74 UEFA Cup first round
Nice 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-0 Nice (Nice win 3-2 on aggregate)
1977/78 UEFA Cup semi-finals
PSV 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-1 PSV (PSV win 4-3 on aggregate)
Against Paris in this season’s round of 16, Barça – sensationally, memorably, unprecedentedly – became the first team in UEFA Champions League history to qualify for the next round by overhauling a four-goal first-leg deficit.
Deportivo previously held the record for the biggest turnaround in the UEFA Champions League era, recovering from a 4-1 loss to Milan with a 4-0 home win in the 2003/04 quarter-finals.