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January 26, 2022

Champions League: Shakhtar seek miracle vs. Barca

FC Barcelona visit one of European football’s most redoubtable strongholds on Tuesday night when they take on Mircea Lucescu’s FC Shakhtar Donetsk, although the Spanish side have the considerable comfort of a 5-1 first-leg cushion. In the other quarter final second leg Manchester United FC are unbeaten at home in all competitions this term but their visitors Chelsea FC have plenty of experience of winning at Old Trafford, according to uefa.com.

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 Monchengladbach in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup third round, winning the return 4-0, while Leixoes 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.

Prior to this season the teams had met seven times with Barcelona recording four wins to Shakhtar’s two with one draw.
Barcelona have won 10 of their 12 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals but Shakhtar, in their first appearance at this stage, have four straight home wins this term with just one goal conceded.

Mircea Lucescu led Galatasaray AS to a 2-2 draw at Barcelona in the 2001/02 second group stage but then saw his side go down 1-0 at home to a Blaugrana team including Carles Puyol and Xavi. Lucescu oversaw Galatasaray’s 2-1 triumph against Real Madrid in the 2000 UEFA Super Cup.

On the other hand Manchester United FC are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season but Chelsea will not feel daunted by visiting a venue where they won on their last trip 12 months ago. They will need to repeat that feat having gone down to Wayne Rooney’s 24th-minute goal in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. The clubs previously met in Europe in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final when United prevailed on penalties to claim their third continental crown after a 1-1 draw at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. It was a night when Blues captain John Terry spurned the chance to win the trophy for the first time for Chelsea, sending his spot kick against the post.
The head-to-head record between the clubs in all competitions is 68 wins for United, 44 for Chelsea and 47 draws.

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