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BARCELONA 0 DY­NAMO KIEV 4 Group stage, 1997-98

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In 1986, a nine-year-old child had to be evac­u­ated from his home in Kiev’s sub­urbs af­ter the Ch­er­nobyl nu­clear re­ac­tor 80 miles north ex­ploded, spew­ing a ra­dioac­tive cloud into the at­mos­phere.

Eleven years later, An­driy Shevchenko was scor­ing a hat-trick against a Barça side that fea­tured Ri­valdo and Luis Figo. “In Kiev, we had beaten Barcelona 3-0 and a friend said, ‘Let’s see how you do in the re­turn,’” Sheva later laughed. “He bet me that I wouldn’t score three goals. He ended up buy­ing din­ner.”

Kiev reached the semi-fi­nals the fol­low­ing sea­son be­fore Shevchenko moved on to Mi­lan.

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