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Buoyant Barça sweep past Bremen

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2005, 0.30CET
FC Barcelona 3-1 Werder Bremen
Goals from Gabri García, Ronaldinho and Henrik Larsson confirmed Barça as Group C winners.
by Lucas Brown
from Camp Nou

Match statistics

BarcelonaBremen

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners6
 
5
Offsides4
 
12
Fouls committed16
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

22 November 2005

23 November 2005

E Fenerbahçe
0-4
Milan
E Schalke
3-0
PSV
F Real Madrid
1-1
Lyon
F Rosenborg
1-1
Olympiacos
G Anderlecht
0-2
Chelsea
G Liverpool
0-0
Betis
H Porto
1-1
Rangers
H Internazionale
4-0
Petržalka
 
Published: Wednesday 23 November 2005, 0.30CET

Buoyant Barça sweep past Bremen

FC Barcelona 3-1 Werder Bremen
Goals from Gabri García, Ronaldinho and Henrik Larsson confirmed Barça as Group C winners.

FC Barcelona produced another commanding performance at Camp Nou as they secured first place in UEFA Champions League Group C and left Werder Bremen needing to defeat Panathinaikos FC in their final match to have any hope of progressing to the knockout stages.

Remarkable Ronaldinho
Gabri García gave the Spanish champions an early advantage and, although Tim Borowski levelled from the penalty spot, the outstanding Ronaldinho quickly restored Barcelona's lead with a long-range free-kick. The win was wrapped up 19 minutes from time by Henrik Larsson from another astute Ronaldinho pass, meaning the Brazilian had had a hand in all three of his team's goals.

Larsson lob
Frank Rijkaard said beforehand that there were several members of his squad who deserved a chance to prove themselves and one player making a rare start, Larsson, could have made an impact inside the opening seconds when Ronaldinho picked out the Swedish striker for a lofted effort that drifted agonisingly wide of Andreas Reinke's right-hand post. Ludovic Giuly was released down the right moments later as Barça flew forward again, but the Frenchman could only slice wide from an angle.

Gabri glee
Bremen hinted at their threat for the first time in the 13th minute as Torsten Frings muscled his way forward before warming Víctor Valdés's gloves from long range, but a minute later the hosts were in front. Another fringe player, Gabri, justified his inclusion by controlling another long defence-splitting pass from Ronaldinho on his chest before rolling it into the far corner of the net for his first goal since November 2003.

Borowski composure
That strike did not stop the Bundesliga side pressing forward and they earned their reward for some incisive play in the 22nd minute as Johan Micoud edged into the area. As the Frenchman lined up a shot he was brought down by Oleguer Presas and Borowski coolly slotted in the resulting spot-kick. Rijkaard had predicted prior to kick-off that there would be plenty of goals and his words proved perceptive as Barça regained the initiative four minutes after conceding.

Ronaldinho response
The home team were awarded a free-kick on the left of the penalty area and Ronaldinho - the undisputed star of the weekend win at Real Madrid CF - earned himself more headlines as he curled the ball inside Reinke's near post as the visiting goalkeeper stood motionless. The Blaugrana held on to their advantage until half-time, although the game remained finely balanced as both sides enjoyed 50 per cent of the possession in the opening period.

Entertaining contest
The Bundesliga outfit started the second half brightly and went forward in numbers in search of a second equaliser. Miroslav Klose had the first opportunity for Bremen as he met a Frings centre, but clashed heads with Rafael Márquez in the process and had to be substituted immediately with blood pouring from his cheek. At the other end Ronaldinho continued to orchestrate Barça's best moves, creating chances for both Oleguer and Márquez.

Larsson on target
The result was put beyond doubt in the 71st minute when Larsson added Barça's third. Ronaldinho, outstanding throughout, once again carved open the Bremen defence with an accurate pass and the Swede took one touch before clipping past the approaching Reinke. The away team refused to lie down despite the two-goal deficit as Nelson Valdez twice broke clear down the right only to be denied by Valdés, and Naldo also went close from distance, but the hosts had long since sealed the win and first place in the table.

Last updated: 23/11/05 10.34CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

bremen

Bremen

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
3
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
2
FahrenhorstFrank Fahrenhorst
Yellow Card10
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
Yellow Card29
Substitution74
4
NaldoNaldo
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
7
LarssonHenrik Larsson
Goal71
9
ValdezNelson Valdez
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution65
10
MicoudJohan Micoud
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Goal26
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution58
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
18
GabriGabri
Goal14
Substitution77
22
FringsTorsten Frings
20
DecoDeco
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Goal22
23
OleguerOleguer
27
SchulzChristian Schulz

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Substitution74
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution58
14
EzquerroSantiago Ezquerro
Substitution65
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
15
EdmílsonEdmílson
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution77

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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