The official website for European football

Substitute López turns the tide

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 0.50CET
FC Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea FC Goals from Maxi López and Samuel Eto'o help Barça come from behind.

Match statistics

BarcelonaChelsea

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target13
 
0
Attempts off target13
 
2
Corners9
 
2
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed12
 
17
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

Matches

22 February 2005

Real Madrid
1-0
Juventus
Liverpool
3-1
Leverkusen
PSV
1-0
Monaco
Bayern
3-1
Arsenal

23 February 2005

Porto
1-1
Internazionale
Barcelona
2-1
Chelsea
Man. United
0-1
Milan
Werder
0-3
Lyon
 
Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 0.50CET

Substitute López turns the tide

FC Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea FC Goals from Maxi López and Samuel Eto'o help Barça come from behind.

By Graham Hunter at Camp Nou

Trailing to a first-half Juliano Belletti own goal, Frank Rijkaard's FC Barcelona came from behind to defeat ten-man Chelsea FC thanks to a dream UEFA Champions League debut from Maxi López.

Drogba off
Didier Drogba's dismissal eleven minutes into the second half swung the game and after substitute López restored parity, Samuel Eto'o gave the home team the victory that puts his side in the driving seat ahead of the second leg in London.

Lovely opening
Barça's attacking approach might have brought a goal three times in the first ten minutes. Eto'o had the two best opportunities, both fired off target, before Ronaldinho manufactured a lovely opening for himself by curving a shot around one defender but just past Petr Cech's left-hand post.

Chelsea ahead
Then disaster, at least for Barcelona, struck with a vengeance. Rijkaard's team was caught pushing high up the field and when Frank Lampard controlled the ball and looked for options he had only one. Damien Duff, a surprise starter for Chelsea, made a rampaging run along the right flank and the English international sent a looping right-foot pass into his team-mate's path.

Scintillating football
Duff controlled the ball on the run and soon produced an outstanding flicked pass into the middle where Joe Cole was waiting to convert the chance. Belletti stretched and tried to intercept but could only force the ball high into his own net to delight the travelling supporters.

Missed chance
The only downside for the visitors centred upon their fit-again striker Drogba. Cautioned for a foul on Rafael Márquez, the Ivorian was then presented with a chance to make the score 2-0 and, potentially, decide the tie. This time, nine minutes from the break, it was a cute pass from Claude Makelele which sent Drogba racing clear and in an onside position. But the clear shooting chance went begging when Drogba blasted wide - and his evening was soon to get worse.

Second yellow
The second half was only moments old when the home side accepted the profligacy and turned it to their advantage. Again the match turned on a moment when Belletti was in grave danger in front of his own goal. Chesting down a long cross, the Brazilian tried to give his goalkeeper, Victor Valdés, possession. The ball was loose, determined Drogba raised his boot but caught the keeper and referee Anders Frisk promptly produced a second yellow card.

Super substitution
The effect that had on the Barcelona side was electric. Renewed with confidence and intention the players were supplemented with the height and physical power of their newest signing López. The Argentinian had never before shot at goal for his new club, only having joined at Christmas. However, within four minutes of him coming on for Ludovic Giuly, López turned William Gallas before hammering in a right-foot finish on 67 minutes.

Clinging on
Six minutes later Barça were ahead when López dragged a speculative shot across goal and Eto'o was quickest to react eight metres out. The match had become a bombardment of the Chelsea goal and both Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry performed minor sporting miracles to throw themselves in front of various clear shooting chances as the English team clung on to a 2-1 defeat from what had looked like a winning position.

Last updated: 02/03/05 16.57CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2004/matches/round=1969/match=1081507/postmatch/report/index.html#substitute+lopez+turns+tide

Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

chelsea

Chelsea

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Goal33
Substitution85
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
8
LampardFrank Lampard
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution70
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution64
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution76
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal73
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
15
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Yellow Card15
Red Card56
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
20
DecoDeco
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
22
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Substitution57
30
TiagoTiago
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
11
Maxi LópezMaxi López
Substitution64
Goal67
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
Substitution70
14
GerardGerard
Substitution85
5
SmertinAleksei Smertin
Substitution90+1
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
9
KežmanMateja Kežman
19
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
14
GeremiGeremi
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution57
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution76
32
DamiáAbella Damiá
33
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Peter Ekström (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.