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Barça and Legia are poles apart

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 0.43CET
FC Barcelona 3-0 Legia Warszawa Coach Louis van Gaal said victorious Barça "can do better".

Match statistics

BarcelonaLegia

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 0.43CET

Barça and Legia are poles apart

FC Barcelona 3-0 Legia Warszawa Coach Louis van Gaal said victorious Barça "can do better".

FC Barcelona 3-0 Legia Warszawa
Coach Louis van Gaal said FC Barcelona "can do better" after watching the Spanish challengers ease to a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Polish champions Legia Warszawa at Camp Nou.

Champions League success
Van Gaal, who led AFC Ajax to UEFA Champions League success in 1995, is eyeing further glory with Barça as they virtually assured themselves a place in the first group stage through goals from Frank de Boer, Juan Riquelme, in his first competitive game for the club, and Philip Cocu.

Early De Boer goal
The hosts had gone ahead as early as the eighth minute when De Boer, one of a legion of Dutchmen at the Catalan club, curled in a free-kick reminiscent of Rivaldo, who did not feature for Milan AC, his new club, in their third qualifying round first-leg match played simultaneously at the San Siro.

In-form Kluivert
With Patrick Kluivert in majestic form in attack, it looked as if more goals were only a matter of time. Kluivert, another Dutchman, was at the centre of all of his side's forrays forward, setting up chances for Luis Enrique and Javier Saviola, only to see them wasted.

Rare lapse
Legia hardly produced an attack worthy of the name, but young goalkeeper Víctor Valdés allowed Moussa Yahaya to head on to the roof of the net in a rare Barcelona lapse. Xavi Hernández then hit the outside of a Legia post with a free-kick, but at half-time Barça had just the early goal as reward for their domination and eleven shots.

Fresh impetus
The second half saw more of the same, with Barça continuing to prod and probe without quite finding the mark. Sensing his side needed a fresh impetus in attack, Van Gaal threw on Riquelme just before the hour. The move proved inspired as the €11m Argentinian struck a wonderful goal from range with ten minutes remaining.

'Happy with the result'
Kluivert wasted another gilt-edged opening before Cocu popped up at the end to ensure returning coach Van Gaal savoured victory on his latest debut at Camp Nou. "We created a lot of chances and that was the highlight, but we can do better," said Van Gaal. "But this is an example of how we should play against teams like Legia. We have scored a few goals as we have done during pre-season, so I am happy with this result."

Last updated: 15/08/02 1.09CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

legia

Legia

26
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés
12
StanevRadostin Stanev
3
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
Goal8
2
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk
Yellow Card48
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
Substitution83
3
SzalaWojciech Szala
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
4
JozwiakMarek Jozwiak
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
7
MajewskiAdam Majewski
8
CocuPhillip Cocu
Goal90+3
8
KucharskiCezary Kucharski
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
11
KiełbowiczTomasz Kiełbowicz
17
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
14
VukovićAleksandar Vuković
Substitution88
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique
Substitution58
18
MagieraJacek Magiera
31
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
20
DudekDariusz Dudek
35
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
25
YahayaMoussa Yahaya
Substitution61

Substitutes

25
EnkeRobert Enke
1
BorucArtur Boruc
10
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
Substitution58
Goal80
9
SvitlicaStanko Svitlica
Substitution88
12
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
Substitution83
13
ZganiaczMariusz Zganiacz
15
RochembackFábio Rochemback
17
NowakSebastian Nowak
18
GabriGabri
21
WroblewskiRadoslaw Wroblewski
Substitution61
19
Dani GarcíaDani García
22
GeovanniGeovanni

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Dragomir Okuka (SRB)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Evzen Amler (CZE), Jiri Vodicka (CZE)

Fourth official

Lubomir Pucek (CZE)

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