5 legendary matches between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona
Encounters between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have never been short on drama over the years. They've not been short on goals either!
The two sides face off this weekend as club football returns after the international break and we look at five spectacular games between the clubs that will live long in the memory.
1997: Barcelona 5-4 Atletico Madrid
A quite extraordinary evening, and one viewed in some quarters as one of the greatest games in Spanish football history. The two sides met in the quarter-final of the 1996-97 Copa del Rey, with Barcelona coming out 7-6 victors on aggregate over the two legs.
The first leg in Madrid was a dramatic 2-2 draw, but no one could’ve expected what happened in the second leg. At half-time, in the second leg, Atleti were three goals to the good thanks to a Milinko Pantic hat-trick.
Barcelona, however, came out all guns blazing in the second half, with Ronaldo slotting home twice. The comeback was put on ice however as Pantic scored again with 25 minutes remaining. Then, there was a dramatic turn of events as Luis Figo got one back with a stunning strike before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick. With just 10 minutes to play, however, Juan Antonio Pizzi fired home from close range to complete the stunning comeback.
The night was all the more surreal because Spanish network TVE who had coverage of the game were on strike, meaning events unfolded without any commentary!