Galatasaray, who drew 0-0 with Barcelona at Camp Nou in the first leg, have a chance to make up for their disappointing season in Turkey by knocking out giants Barca to qualify for the UEFA Europa quarter-finals. League.
• Galatasaray qualified directly for the Round of 16 as unbeaten Group E champions. The Turkish side picked up four points against each of their three rivals: Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille and Lazio.
• After 17 consecutive years in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, Barcelona have failed to progress from their group this season, picking up just seven points to finish third behind Bayern Munich and Benfica and advance to the UEFA Europa League, where he drew 1-1 at home with Napoli on his debut in the competition before ousting their Italian rivals with a thrilling 2-4 victory at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
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• Barcelona’s goalscoring problems in Europe this season surfaced again in the first leg against Galatasaray, who maintained their unbeaten run in the competition by drawing 0-0 with their illustrious rivals.
• Barcelona and Galatasaray had faced each other in eight UEFA competition matches, all in the Champions League group stage between 1993 and 2002. The Spanish team won five, lost only one and remained unbeaten at home (three wins and a draw). , the most recent result being a 3-1 win on matchday six of the 2002/03 season. In each of the four seasons they have met, Barcelona have continued to progress in the competition, while Galatasaray have failed to break out of the squad.
• Galatasaray have won just six of their 16 home matches against Spanish opponents (two draws and eight defeats) and have lost the last three, including 6-1 against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League group stage 2013/14, the Istanbul club biggest European defeat at home. In fact, they had lost six consecutive games against Spanish rivals, conceding 21 goals and scoring just two, before drawing at Camp Nou.
• The Istanbul club’s record in two-legged encounters with Spanish sides is one place and six eliminations, with defeats in the last five, except for the 6-2 aggregate victory against Mallorca ( 1-4 away, 2-1 home) in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup quarter-finals which they went on to win, becoming the first Turkish club to lift a major European trophy. That same year, in the UEFA Super Cup, they beat Real Madrid 2-1 after extra time.
• Barcelona have won three and lost three of their seven European matches in Turkey. They lost 1-0 on their first visit, to Trabzonspor in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup first round, but won the second leg 7-2 in their only UEFA qualifying first leg against a Turkish team.
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• Galatasaray, narrowly runners-up in the 2020/21 Turkish Süper Lig, were unable to accompany rivals Istanbul in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage, beaten by PSV Eindhoven in the second round (5-1 away, 1-2 at home). However, they secured a UEFA Europa League appearance in the autumn by subsequently beating Saint Johnstone (1-1 home, 2-4 away) and Randers (1-1 away, 2- 1 at home).
• Eliminated by Rangers in last season’s UEFA Europa League play-offs (2-1 away), Galatasaray are currently enjoying their best run in the competition. The 1999/2000 UEFA Cup winners alternated wins and draws in Group E during the autumn, qualifying ahead of Lazio (1-0 at home, 0-0 away), Marseille (0-0 at away, 4-2 at home) and Lokomotiv (0-1 away, 1-1 at home). He has since replaced Fatih Terim as manager with former Barcelona assistant Domènec Torrent.
• This is the Istanbul club’s first appearance in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. They have always fallen in the first round of the knockout stages of the competition, falling in the round of 16 in 2009/10 against Atlético (1-1 away, 1-2 at home), in 2015/16 against at Lazio (1-1 home, 3-1 away) and from 2018/19 against Benfica (1-2 home, 0-0 away). Therefore, they are still waiting for their first win in a UEFA Europa League knockout game (four draws and three losses).
• Galatasaray’s record at home in all rounds of the UEFA Europa League is nine wins, seven draws and two defeats. These two defeats came in the round of 16, against Atlético and Benfica. The clean sheet against Lazio on matchday one was one of only two the Turkish giants have kept in their last 12 home games in the competition, qualifying included.
• Galatasaray have won nine of the previous 12 UEFA competition encounters in which they have drawn the first leg away from home, most recently against Randers in the UEFA Europa qualifying play-offs League this season. Their record after a 0-0 first-leg draw is three wins and one loss, with wins in the last three matches after losing the first, to Atlético de Madrid in the first round of the European Cup 1973/74 (0-1 at home).
• Barcelona finished third in the 2020/21 league, behind Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid, the first time they haven’t finished in the top two since the 2007/08 edition, where they were also third. However, they won their (record) 31st Copa del Rey title after beating Athletic 4-0 in the final.
• La temporada pasada, el Barcelona tampoco pudo alcanzar los cuartos de final de la UEFA Champions League por primera vez desde la temporada 2006/07 tras caer ante el Paris Saint-Germain en octavos de final (1-4 en casa y 1-1 outside). This season he scored just two goals, both in narrow wins over Dynamo Kyiv, and finished third in Group E, behind Bayern (0-3 home and 3-0 away) and Benfica (3-0 away). at home). Coach Ronald Koeman was sacked in October and replaced the following month by former midfielder Xavi Hernández.
• While this is Barça’s first UEFA Europa League appearance, their last UEFA Cup appearance was in 2003/04 when Frank Rijkaard’s side reached the round of 16 before being eliminated by the Celtic (1-0 away and 0-0 at home). . Barcelona have never won the UEFA Cup, nor reached a final, suffering semi-final elimination on four occasions: 1975/76, 1977/78, 1995/96 and 2000/01.
• Barca’s victory at Napoli in the previous round was one of two won in their last 12 European spring games outside Spain (four draws and six defeats). The other against Manchester United in the first leg of the 2018/19 Champions League quarter-finals (0-1).
• The Catalans have drawn the first leg of a UEFA fixture at home 12 times, qualifying six times, most recently in this season’s play-off knockout round against Napoli. Barca’s overall record when they draw 0-0 at home in the first leg is one win and two losses, and all three knockout matches have come in the European semi-finals against English rivals. The last two have come in successive UEFA Champions League competitions: a loss to Manchester United in 2007/08 (1-0 away), followed by a win on double away goals against Chelsea (1-1 away) in 2008/09.
UEFA Europa League squad changes
high: Bafétimbi Gomis (Al-Hilal), Iñaki Peña (Barcelona, loaned), Erick Pulgar (Fiorentina, loaned)
Low: Atalay Babacan (Ümraniyespor, loan), Mbaye Diagne (end of contract), Christian Luyindama (Al Taawoun, loan), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami)
high: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traoré (Wolves, loan)
Low: Sergio Agüero (retired), Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa, loaned), Yusuf Demir (Rapid Vienne, end of contract), Iñaki Peña (Galatasaray, loaned)
• Barcelona goalkeeper and Spain Under-21 international Iñaki Peña joined Galatasaray on loan in January.
• Galatasaray midfielder Arda Turan, 35, was a player for Barcelona, a club with which he scored 15 goals in 55 games between 2015 and 2017, and with which he won a league and two Copa del Rey. They were also 2011/12 UEFA Europa League champions in the first of their four seasons at Atlético de Madrid.
• Xavi started both of Barca’s games against Galatasaray in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage (2-2 home, 0-1 away) and in the 0-0 win outside. season.
• New Galatasaray coach Domènec Torrent is Catalan and was part of Barcelona’s coaching staff between 2007 and 2012, before accompanying Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich (2013-16) and Manchester City (2016) -18), where he continued to work as a coach. assistant.
• Galatasaray’s Patrick van Aanholt and Ryan Babel are teammates in the Dutch squad with Barcelona players Frenkie de Jong, Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay.
• Also representing the same team, Ronald Araújo and Fernando Muslera (Uruguay), as well as Martin Braithwaite and Victor Nelsson (Denmark).
• Babel and Barcelona player Sergiño Dest were teammates at Ajax in 2019/20; Barça defender Samuel Umtiti and new Galatasaray signing Bafétimbi Gomis played together at Lyon from 2011 to 2014; and Jordi Alba and Sofiane Feghouli were teammates at Valencia from 2010 to 2012.
• Feghouli spent six years in Spain with Valencia (2010-16), including a 2011 loan spell at Almería, and spent the first half of 2016/17 at Deportivo La Coruña.
• Galatasaray are one of five clubs in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 to have won the trophy before, in their case in their previous UEFA Cup designation.
• After entering the play-offs, debutants Barcelona became the 224th team to feature in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final, and Spain’s 13th.
• Barcelona are one of three domestic cup winners in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, along with Estrella Roja and Braga.
• The Blaugrana are also one of three former European Cup/UEFA Champions League winners to reach the round of 16, along with Estrella Roja and Porto.
shoot to the net
• Galatasaray’s penalty shoot-out record in UEFA competition is one win and no losses:
4-1 v Arsenal, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup Final
• Barcelona’s penalty shootout record in UEFA competition is five wins and one defeat:
5-4 v AZ Alkmaar, 1977/78 UEFA Cup second round
3-1 v Ipswich Town, 1977/78 UEFA Cup third round
4-1 v Anderlecht, 1978/79 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup second round
5-4 v IFK Gothenburg, 1985/86 European Cup semi-finals
0-2 v Steaua Bucharest, 1985/86 European Cup final
5-4 v Lech Poznań, 1988/89 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup second round
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