Barcelona lift the Old Trafford curse with narrow win
Old Trafford is no longer a cursed ground for FC Barcelona. On their fifth visit top Manchester United, the Catalans picked up their first victory on Wednesday. It was a hard-battled amusement, settled by Luke Shaw’s first a large portion of claim objective, yet sets up the second leg pleasantly next Tuesday at Camp Nou.
Before this week’s game, Barça had lost two and drawn two of their games at Old Trafford. They needed to end that trend and they managed it. Messi and Suarez joined to set up the main objective of the Champions League quarterfinal first leg.
The Moscow final
Barça’s last visit was especially painful in 2008. A goal from Paul Scholes prevented Frank Rijkaard’s team reaching the Champions League last in Moscow. Joined wound up winning the last, beating Chelsea on punishments.
The other defeat came in 1984. Barça lost 3-2 in the Cup Winners Cup. The draws, meanwhile, came in 1994 and 1998, both times in the groups stages: 2-2 with Johan Cruyff in control and 3-3 with another Dutchman on the seat, Lous van Gaal.
On Wednesday, Barça took another step towards this year’s final at the Wanda Metropolitano. The game showed that winning at Old Trafford is never simple, yet the revile was lifted.