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Slick Barça blow Levski away

Published: Wednesday 13 September 2006, 0.55CET
FC Barcelona 5-0 PFC Levski Sofia The defending European champions brushed aside the debutants to wrest early control of Group A.
by Lucas Brown
from Camp Nou

Match statistics

BarcelonaLevski

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target14
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners3
 
2
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 13 September 2006, 0.55CET

Slick Barça blow Levski away

FC Barcelona 5-0 PFC Levski Sofia The defending European champions brushed aside the debutants to wrest early control of Group A.

FC Barcelona gave PFC Levski Sofia a lesson in what the UEFA Champions League is all about as the holders brushed aside the debutants at Camp Nou to wrest early control of the Group A table.

Driving rain
An away game against last season's kings of Europe was always going to provide the sternest of introductions for the Bulgarian title-holders, and so it proved as Barcelona established a two-goal half-time lead through Andrés Iniesta and Ludovic Giuly before wrapping the tie up after the break thanks to further strikes from captain Carles Puyol - his first at home in continental competition - Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho.

Trademark goal
Stanimir Stoilov had vowed beforehand that Levski were not here merely to make up the numbers, although their early endeavour was undone on seven minutes when they fell behind to a trademark Barça goal. Ronaldinho was involved, skipping away from Zhivko Milanov before laying the ball into Eto'o who set up Iniesta to drill a low drive into the bottom corner of the net from just outside the box.

Gloves warmed
Despite conceding the first goal of the group stage, Levski looked reasonably assured pressing forward as they attempted to match the open passing play of the hosts, and their first opportunity of note ended with Stanislav Angelov warming the gloves of Víctor Valdés after deceiving Juliano Belletti. The heavens may have opened in the 26th minute, but the torrential downpour failed to put a dampener on Barcelona's attacking intent as Eto'o fired wide and Ronaldinho fizzed a shot straight at Georgi Petkov.

Travelling support
The goalkeeper could do little to prevent the Catalans doubling their advantage six minutes before the break when Giuly picked up an Eto'o pass, cut inside Igor Tomašić and stroked the ball in with his left foot. The 5,000 travelling supporters in the highest tier of the stadium continued to revel in the atmosphere, even as Frank Rijkaard's team made the game safe four minutes after the restart.

Puyol first
Ronaldinho was fouled on the corner of the area by Dimitar Telkiyski and the Brazilian's low strike from the resulting free-kick was fumbled by Petkov into the path of Puyol who took great delight in side-footing in. Barça's insatiable appetite conjured a fourth goal two minutes short of the hour as Eto'o ran at the Levski rearguard, side-stepped two defenders and calmly passed the ball into the net from just outside the box.

Thuram applause
Georgi Ivanov blazed narrowly wide and Hristo Yovov drilled a long-distance free-kick over as Levski sought a consolation, while a crucial sliding tackle from Lilian Thuram prevented Angelov from registering Levski's first group-stage goal - a challenge typical of a command performance which earned the Frenchman a standing ovation when he was replaced by Oleguer Presas in the 72nd minute. Ronaldinho also received one in the final minute, curling in a wonderful fifth to cap a terrific opening-night display.

Last updated: 13/09/06 12.37CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

levski

Levski

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card74
3
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
Goal49
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Goal39
Substitution63
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
Substitution63
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal58
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution70
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Goal90+3
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov (C)
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
20
DecoDeco
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
Substitution80
27
BardonCédric Bardon
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Goal7
Substitution72
28
E. AngelovEmil Angelov
Substitution46

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
88
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution72
5
HristovBorislav Hristov
7
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution63
9
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
Substitution46
Yellow Card65
11
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
14
MinevVeselin Minev
Substitution63
15
EdmílsonEdmílson
18
IvanovMiroslav Ivanov
Substitution70
19
MessiLionel Messi
19
BornosuzovAtanas Bornosuzov
23
OleguerOleguer
Substitution80
77
KoprivarovMilan Koprivarov

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Markus Mayr (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

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