Barcelona face Porto in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night with both teams still looking to secure qualification through to the knockout stages of the competition. Both clubs currently sit on nine points in Group H but have Shakthar Donetsk breathing down their neck on six points. A win for either side here would be enough while a draw does neither of them any favours. The match will kick off at 20:00 and will take place at Barcelona's Olympic Stadium.
Barcelona vs Porto H2H record
The Barcelona vs Porto rivalry isn't one that we get to see on the pitch too often but the fixture does date back to 1972 when the clubs first met in what was then known as the UEFA Cup. In a two-legged affair, Porto won both home and away to knock Barcelona out of the competition. Since then, however, the Catalans have taken charge of the recent Barcelona vs Porto H2Hs.
- Barcelona Wins: 6
- Draws: 0
- Porto Wins: 3
The two clubs have faced each other in three separate competitions over the years – the Champions League, UEFA Cup and Super Cup. The majority of matches have taken place in the Champions League and this is where Barcelona have been dominant. If Porto can record a win on Tuesday night then it will be their first victory over Barcelona in the competition since 1985.
Barcelona vs Porto last five H2Hs
Barcelona 3-0 Porto – 27th April 1994
Back in 1994, Barcelona faced Porto in the Champions League semi-finals. Barca were looking to win their second Champions League title in three years while Porto were looking to reach their first final. The home side blew Porto away on the night thanks to a double from Hristo Stoichkov and a goal from Ronald Koeman. Barcelona would go on to lose the final to AC Milan.
Barcelona 4-2 Porto – 1st March 2000
In 2000, the UEFA Champions League had two separate group stages and the two clubs met in the second lot of them. In the first fixture, Barcelona ran out as 4-2 winners in an entertaining match at the Camp Nou. Jardel gave Porto an early lead before Rivaldo, de Boer and Kluivert flipped the game on its head.
Porto 0-2 Barcelona – 7th March 2000
The second meeting in the group stages of the 1999/2000 edition of the Champions League took place in Portugal in a much less thrilling affair. Barcelona played a lot less open than they did in the Camp Nou while Porto struggled with the pressure of the situation. Abelardo and Rivaldo got the goals for the away side but both teams still made it through to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Barcelona 2-0 Porto – 26th August 2011
The biggest match between Barcelona vs Porto came in 2011 in the European Super Cup. Barcelona, on the back of their Champions League triumph at Wembley, faced a Porto side who had beaten Braga to win the Europa League. It was always going to be a difficult night for the Portuguese outfit and Barcelona won the match comfortably 2-0 thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas.
Porto 0-1 Barcelona – 4th October 2023
The last meeting between Porto and Barcelona came in October 2023 at the Estádio do Dragão. The game was a fiery affair with the referee dishing out nine yellow cards and one red over the course of the match. In the end, Barcelona came out on top thanks to a late first half strike from Ferran Torres but the game could have gone either way.
Potential MVP: Ilkay Gundogan
One of the main reasons why Xavi was so determined to bring Ilkay Gundogan to the club this summer was because of the German's big game experience. Gundogan was massively important for Manchester City last season, netting several important goals from midfield including a double in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.
Gundogan has already shown his big-game know-how for Barcelona this season, too, scoring in the first El Classico of the season last month. Gundogan will be in the heart of the midfield for this one and will look to drive his team forward to victory.
Porto haven't scored a goal against Barcelona since March 2000 when they scored twice at the Camp Nou in a 4-2 loss. In the three H2Hs since, Barcelona have won each one without their goal being troubled and Sérgio Conceição's side will be eager to put that right here. We don't believe they will be successful, though, and are going for a comfortable home win for Barcelona with another clean sheet to boot. Check out our Barcelona vs Porto predictions for more tips.