FC Barcelona pass next round in Champions League
Posted by edux127 on December 12, 2006
FC Barcelona’s defence of the Champions league title is still alive after beating Werder Bremen with goals from Ronaldinho and Gudjohnsen. FC Barcelona have once again withstood the pressure and will be in the hat for the second round draw. And the tickets were sold by FC Barcelona Tickets
FC Barcelona had only one option this evening, and that was to take all three points from the final first round Champions League match against Werder
Bremen. But despite the tremendous pressure to deliver, they got the hard work out of the way early on with a fantastic first half performance. An extraordinarily cunning free kick from Ronaldinho, followed by a prime example of Gudjohnsen’s goalscoring instinct ensured that FC Barcelona will be in the hat for the second round draw. Justice was served, and Europe will be able to continue enjoying the finest football in the continent. We will be able to see more Champions League in Barcelona, and tickets will be sold as usual at FC Barcelona Tickets
Pressure and intensity
It was an exemplary first half performance from Frank Rijkaard’s side. With Ronaldinho leading the playmaking, Werder Bremen were surprised by the Catalan outfit’s first touch football and relentless pressure, with a defence that was giving nothing away, and a midfield capable of creating danger with every attack.
Ronaldinho the hero again
Ronaldinho’s opener was a peach. FC Barcelona were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Bremen area, and practically the entire German team gathered to form the wall, prepared for one of the Brazilian’s trademark free kicks. But rather than hit the ball high, Ronaldinho opted to slip the ball along the ground with the inside of his foot and right through the feet of the unsuspecting defence. It caught everybody by surprise, and the ball slipped inside the post leaving visiting keeper Wiese with no option but to vent his frustration at being outwitted on his defence. Once again Ronaldnho had produced a moment of unforgettable magic just when the pressure was really on.
Gudjohnsen in his place
FC Barcelona were 1-0 up, but there was no time to relax, because a Werder equaliser would still be able to put them out of the tournament, and what followed was a relentless period of non-stop FC Barcelona pressure. And Werder did not know what had happened when FC Barcelona conjured up another goal to remember. Ronaldinho switched the play from right to left with a sublimely perfect pass to Giuly who beat the offside trap to slip the ball through to an opportunistic Gudjohnsen to slot home from point black range. Just 18 minutes into the game and FC Barcelona were already looking comfortable.
Great football but no more goals
FC Barcelona did not take their feet off the gas, but the third goal just did not want to come. The most clear-cut chance came after an amazing run from Deco, straight up the middle of the pitch, steamrolling the Bremen midfield out of his way. He got the ball to Gudjohnsen who skipped and jockeyed his way around four defenders but his shot ended up hitting the post to rebound into the path of Giuly, who inexplicably managed to miss the open goal.
Things calm down
In the second half, the game took a somewhat different course. FC Barcelona played it more conservatively, and although Bremen never gave up the hunt, they never really looked like getting back into the game. Frank Rijkaard’s side was willing to let the Germans hold onto most of the possession, although they still managed to create the odd chance of their own, including one when Gudjohsen, having his liveliest evening in a FC Barcelona shirt, failed to beat Werder keeper Weile in a one on one.
Thuram came on for Motta while Xavi replaced the injured Iniesta for FC Barcelona, which added a bit more spark to a FC Barcelona side that had dangerously come to rely almost entirely on the defence, supremely led as usual by Puyol, and with Valdés not making a single error. Neither did Werder create much danger themselves, save a Jensen effort that alarmingly struck the FC Barcelona crossbar in the 61st minute. The clock ticked away, with Werder getting half chance after half chance but very little coming of them, as the 95,824 spectators around them starting enjoying yet another memorable night of European football at the Camp Nou, and looking forward to finding who they will meet next in their quest to retain the biggest prize in European club football.
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