Rivaldo's bicycle kick against Valencia

Rivaldo's bicycle kick against Valencia
Rivaldo and his Chilean history against Valencia which served to classify the FC Barcelona for Champions League (Photo: FC Barcelona)

Last update January 25, 2020 by Javier Argudo

There are plays that are remembered virtually forever. One was Chilean Rivaldo.

Brazilian star was able to invent a goal at the right time, in the last minute of the last game against arch rival in the struggle for the goal of getting into the Champions League, the Valencia.


There was a 17 June 2001 at Camp Nou. They faced the Barcelona and the Valencia Y, as we say, It was at stake last place to enter the continental showpiece. The Real Madrid proclaimed league champion with some play that followed the season Deportivo La Coruna and a large Mallorca which it won third place.

Valencians and Catalans much of the season playing in this match. The Barça He had completed a rather mediocre season in which Serra Ferrer He had not managed to fight for the title. Faced with the possibility of being outside Europe was dismissed in the day 31 and he took over the whole FC Barcelona Carles Reixach to achieve "in extremis’ the minimum target of qualifying for the team for the next edition Champions.

Meanwhile, the Valencia It was a very strong team at that time. Not in vain, just play two consecutive Champions League finals (who lost to Real Madrid Y Bayern Munich respectively), one just a month before.

As regards the party, the duel was most matched. Rivaldo twice he announced his team but Deck of cards managed to tie twice so that the meeting came to an end with a draw that served the Valencia.


It was then came the magic of genius that season was named Golden Ball. Rivaldo He took a pass from The farmer pass over the area with his back to the goal defended by Cañizares without hesitation or a moment did Chilean which meant the 3-2 with a goal for history.

Madness broke out both on the bench and in the stands and palco in the Camp Nou. The victory meant a respite for a club like Barça for which it would have been a real drama not be in Europe's top competition next season.

The Valencia I had to settle for fifth place by completing a very tough final season with the loss of another final of Champions and this does not qualify for the next edition in the last minute with a genius of this type.

Javier Argudo

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