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7 things you’d probably forgotten about the 2006 Champions League final

Arsenal and Barcelona do battle in the Champions League on Tuesday night, but it’s far from the first time they’ve met on the European scene.

The most high profile of their previous meetings came in the 2006 final in Paris when the Gunners agonisingly threw away a one-goal lead.

It remains their sole Champions League final appearance and they have fallen victim to four successive last 16 exits in recent years, including one to Barcelona themselves back in 2011.

But what might have eluded your memory about that night nearly a decade ago?

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Well, here’s something you definitely will remember…

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off after 16 minutes.

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But what about the rest of the encounter?

1. Juliano Belletti – the match winner on the night – played for Chelsea for three years afterwards. He never registered in the league for the Catalans in his three years there.

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2. Belletti was also only on the pitch for nine minutes after coming on as a substitute before he struck home the winner.

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3. Henrik Larsson, one of the most popular figures of his generation, provided the assist for Belletti’s 80th minute goal.

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But it could have been so different…

4. Thierry Henry missed a sitter (certainly by his standards) in the second half with the score at 1-0 to Arsenal.

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5. Gunners cult hero Emmanuel Eboue dived for the free kick which led to Sol Campbell breaking the deadlock.

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6. Dennis Bergkamp was an unused substitute in his final competitive game for Arsenal.

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7. Andreas Iniesta came on as a second-half substitute. He is the only player available on Tuesday night who could feature on both occasions. Here he is with hair.

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Can we expect more fireworks at the Emirates on Tuesday?


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