Barcelona's impressive European run born out of the ashes of Asprilla-inspired Newcastle defeat

By Matty Hewitt

Barcelona's incredible unbeaten run of 22 games without a defeat in their opening fixture of the Champions League came to an abrupt end last night.

Ronald Koeman's side were convincingly brushed aside by Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.

The Catalans had won 17 and drawn five of their previous 22 opening matches, a run that was born out of the ashes of Newcastle United's win in 1997.

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The Magpies announced their arrival on the European stage with a rousing performance as Tino Asprilla scored an impressive hat-trick.

It took the Colombian striker just 47 minutes to complete his hat-trick against a star studded Barcelona side that included the likes of Luis Figo and Rivaldo.

The Spanish champions scored two second-half goals to set up a nervy finish but the Magpies held strong.

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It was a historic night on Tyneside and one that still lives in the memory of Newcastle supporters.

The defeat was clearly a lesson to the La Liga outfit who had not been beaten in 22 years in their opening game prior to last night.

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