Top 5 Barcelona losses in the Champions League during the Messi era

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Last night’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool was the second consecutive time Barcelona surrendered a 3-0 lead in the UEFA Champions League.

Not even the mighty Lionel Messi was enough to take Barcelona to a Champions League final in an attempt to win a treble this season. In fact, during his reign at the Nou Camp, the Barcelona star has had his fair share of disappointing losses.

Even though the Blaugrana have been dominating domestically in La Liga, the Argentinian was on the receiving end of some tough results in the European side of football.

Therefore, we took a look at the five most disappointing losses Barcelona has faced during the Messi era:

5vs Inter Milan (Semi-final)

Inter Milan vs Barcelona – April 20, 2010
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Barcelona lost 3-2 on aggregate

When Jose Mourinho was in charge at Inter Milan and at the height of his powers, Inter were the dominant force in Serie A. Few gave them much hope against an all-conquering Barcelona team, however.

A tactical masterclass by Mourinho and his players gave the Italians a 3-1 first-leg lead at the San Siro, with goals from Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito.

Despite the two-goal deficit, this tie was still in the balance heading to Camp Nou, but Inter produced a brilliant defensive performance to limit Barca to one goal, which didnโ€™t come until Gerard Pique struck in the 84th minute. Inter would go on to win the title and clinch the treble.

4vs Chelsea (Semi-final)

Barcelona vs Chelsea – April 24, 2012
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Barcelona lost 3-2 on aggregate

Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a slender advantage after the first leg at Stamford Bridge, but defending champions Barcelona were widely expected to overturn the narrow deficit at Camp Nou against a side struggling domestically.

They did exactly that when Sergio Busquets opened the scoring in the 35th minute, and when Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off two minutes later and Andres Iniesta made it 2-0 to Barca on the night just before the interval, it looked to be game over.

But Ramires scored a delightful chip just before half time to hand the aggregate lead back to Chelsea before Fernando Torres confirmed Chelseaโ€™s passage to the final in the second minute of injury time.

3vs Bayern Munich (Semi-final)

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona – April 23, 2013
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Barcelona lost 7-0 on aggregate

This tie saw the Catalan giants crushed from start to finish as they faced the German giants.

Bayern Munich claimed a 4-0 lead after the first leg at the Allianz Arena, with Thomas Muller scoring twice and one goal each for Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben.

Any hopes of a miraculous Barca comeback were dashed when Robben struck after half time at the Camp Nou, before a Gerard Pique own goal and Mullerโ€™s third of the tie ensured the heaviest aggregate defeat in Champions League history.

2vs Roma (Quarter-final)

Roma vs Barcelona – April 10, 2018
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Barcelona drew 4-4 on aggregate, but exit on away goals

Barcelona were leading 4-1 after the first leg in Catalonia, with only Edin Dzekoโ€™s 80th minute โ€˜consolationโ€™ giving Roma a sliver of hope.

Instead, Dzeko set the tone in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico by scoring in the sixth minute as Roma went in search of an unlikely win.

A Daniele De Rossi penalty pulled Roma within sight with just over half an hour remaining. Kostas Manolas then sealed a remarkable win with a header eight minutes from time to take Roma to the semi-finals on away goals.

1vs Liverpool (Semi-final)

Liverpool vs Barcelona – May 7, 2019
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Barcelona lost 4-3 on aggregate

The result that inspired this list. Barcelona appeared destined for the final after a 3-0 win at Camp Nou, inspired by Messiโ€™s latest masterclass โ€“ the Argentine with two goals, the second a wondrous free-kick.

Barca arrived at Anfield bolstered by the fact Liverpool were missing two of the key attackers in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

What transpired was one of the most famous nights at Liverpoolโ€™s storied stadium โ€“ and not in a good way for Barcelona.

Two goals apiece from Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum sent Liverpool to the final in Madrid and left Barcelona shell-shocked after a second successive implosion.


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