Photo by Rui Pedro

Defeat the Barcelona is an undertaking, two consecutive times is historic, repeated for a third is of legend. The Fc Porto Saturday has entered for the first time its own name in the Olympus of the European Cup (Champion’s League/Eurolega-Cups Cup-CERS Curp) because he has defeated three consecutive times the Barcelona in Euroleague. Since 1973 and in 42 appereances in European competitions, never had occurred a triple consecutive defeat of the Catalans in Europe by one team. The Lusitanian in the past edition of the Euroleague won its outward at the Dragao 1-0 with the decisive goal of the former Reinaldo Garcia, two weeks later were repeated at the PalauBlaugrana for 1-2 with goals scored always from Reinaldo Garcia and Goncalo Alves. It was on 12 December 2015 and for the Porto was the first victory in their history to Palau of Barcelona. After a year, the team of Guillem Cabestany is repeated with the last result but in Portugal, authors of the goals, Goncalo Alves and the young champion Helder Nunes, while the Argentine Lucas Ordonez scored for Barcelona. The white-blue with the success of saturday have established another historical records: nobody had beaten in own rink the Barcelona for three consecutive times. The positive strip of the Portuguese began in November 2013 when won 6-2, then as said last year 1-0 and the fresh 2-1 on Saturday. Other teams won consecutively two consignments in own rink against Barcelona in history, Reus, Benfica, Barcelos and the same Porto (1985 and 1986). When Barcelona and Porto are playing againt is as a Final announced: the two teams in the history of the Eurocups had met in six Eurocup Finals, becoming entitled “El Clasico” of maximum European competition. In the six final, Barcelona has always had the better, raise up always the trophy, leaving the FC Porto empty-handed. Does not end here, however, the long history of these two important european blazons continues: there is a return to play (14 January to PalauBlaugrana), there is to win the first place in the standings of Group B.

 

Giorgio Tomaino

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