What Happened When Brazilian National Team Played Against Barcelona in 1999?
Barcelona had hosted Brazilian national team in a friendly to celebrate their centenary back in 1999 and the match became famous for fans mocking the visitors.
The Catalan club had celebrated their 100 years with the game but it was so strange that it is still remembered by Barca fans. So what actually happened in the game?
The Spanish giants went head to head with then World Champions Brazil in the summer of 1999 after the end of the season. Both the sides had some of the best players in the world and one of the highly rated players of all time, Rivaldo used to play for both the teams.
However, the Brazilian went on to play for his country against his side alongside world’s best striker Ronaldo and Romario in a devastating attack.
The Blaugrana had also lined up equally impressive with the likes of Patrick Kluivert, Luis Enrique, Bolo Zenden and Pep Guardiola all starting in the crucial game.
The strange exhibition match had ended up in a 2-2 draw as the sides were almost even by the end of the playing time. Ronaldo opened the scoring for Brazil with an exuberant finish to put the visitors on lead.
He had scored an sublime goal, rounding Ruud Hesp before scoring into an open net. However, the Catalan club had soon scored the equalizer courtesy of midfielder Luis Enrique.
Rivaldo then once again put the World Champions into the lead making the scoreline 2-1. His strike from outside the box saw the Barca goalie with no chance. However, the champions could not hold on to their lead as an error eleção’s goalscorer goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni as they equalized at 2-2.
Watch the highlights from the game here
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