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Barcelona's bittersweet triumph

Published: Friday 24 September 2004, 0.09CET
FC Barcelona came from behind after losing both full-backs to injury to beat Real Zaragoza 4-1. features

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Published: Friday 24 September 2004, 0.09CET

Barcelona's bittersweet triumph

FC Barcelona came from behind after losing both full-backs to injury to beat Real Zaragoza 4-1.

FC Barcelona came from behind after losing both full-backs to injury to beat Real Zaragoza 4-1 and move level on points with Primera Divisón leaders Valencia CF.

Duo injured
Fans at Camp Nou were treated to a brief opera concert before kick-off to celebrate the stadium's 47th birthday tomorrow, but the game hit a low note for the home side when defensive duo Sylvinho and Gabri García both went off injured in the first ten minutes. The Brazilian left-back suffered a sprained knee that will keep him out for a month, while Gabri has a suspected cruciate ligament tear after falling to the ground under no challenge.

Two for Eto'o
Still reeling from losing two key players, Barcelona went behind on 14 minutes when David Villa scored with a left-footed shot. Within 12 minutes Deco found Samuel Eto'o with a long pass and he levelled with a powerful drive. The Cameroonian international doubled his tally seconds after the break when turning in the ball at the far post.

Victory sealed
Xavi Hernández's spectacular effort extended Barça's lead on 66 minutes and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, on for Sylvinho, made it 4-1 12 minutes from time with a low shot, but Barcelona could not score the fifth goal which would have taken them above Valencia on goal difference. Zaragoza are three points behind the leading pair in ninth.

Last updated: 24/09/04 13.21CET

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