BARCELONA 0 DYNAMO KIEV 4 Group stage, 1997-98
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.