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Barça denied by last-gasp Drogba

Published: Wednesday 1 November 2006, 0.55CET
FC Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea FC A superbly taken Didier Drogba equaliser deep into added time denied the holders what would have been a crucial victory.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

Match statistics

BarcelonaChelsea

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
29
Yellow cards4
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 1 November 2006, 0.55CET

Barça denied by last-gasp Drogba

FC Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea FC A superbly taken Didier Drogba equaliser deep into added time denied the holders what would have been a crucial victory.

An added-time equaliser from Didier Drogba denied European champions FC Barcelona what would have been a valuable victory in UEFA Champions League Group A and kept unbeaten Chelsea FC clear in the standings.

Barça denied
Deco had given the home side an early lead and, although Frank Lampard equalised seven minutes into the second period, Barça looked on course for their first win in three European matches when their summer signing from Chelsea, Eidur Gudjohnsen, prodded in just before the hour. Three minutes into stoppage time, however, Drogba turned in John Terry's header to cut short the home celebrations. Werder Bremen's 3-0 success at PFC Levski Sofia means the holders slip to third ahead of their Matchday 5 meeting with Levski, when Chelsea visit Germany.

Early advantage
This was the clubs' sixth meeting in the last three editions of the competition, but the visitors were nevertheless caught cold as early as the third minute. That the opening goal came from Deco was noteworthy not only because his rise to prominence came under José Mourinho at FC Porto, but also because he has - by his own admission - been off form recently. However, everything about the goal smacked of excellence. The midfielder's first touch was like glue before he advanced into space created by Ronaldinho's clever run to strike a marvellous drive inside the far post from the corner of the area.

Clear chance
Within five minutes Barça should have doubled their advantage as Lionel Messi played a one-two with Gianluca Zambrotta and found Ronaldinho but the Brazilian shot over. Chelsea did not ignore their fortune and immediately regrouped with Arjen Robben, deputising for the injured Andriy Shevchenko, allowing Michael Essien's crossfield pass to arrive in the path of Michael Ballack for an effort that skimmed the roof of the net.

Thrilling saves
The game continued at breakneck speed with both sets of players fully committed, although a number of bookings - one of which rules Lampard out of Matchday 5 - interrupted the flow. Chelsea were indebted to goalkeeper Hilário for a superb block from Xavi Hernández when Ronaldinho sent the midfielder through, and Víctor Valdés also had the chance to show his ability before the break, producing flying stops from Essien and Robben.

Lampard levels
Robben then failed to convert two presentable opportunities as Chelsea continued to threaten but the visitors did draw level seven minutes into the second period. Claude Makelele's lob set Lampard clear and, although the midfielder's first touch forced him wide, he reacted with an astounding lob over Valdés from the tightest of angles. Chelsea's celebrations had barely died down before they were behind once more, Ronaldinho's foray down the left allowing Gudjohnsen to gleefully score from close range.

Barça under threat
Gudjohnsen was subsequently forced off by an ankle injury but when Ballack sent Salomon Kalou's tempting cross high over the bar with five minutes of normal time remaining, Chelsea looked a beaten side. Drogba had other ideas, though, and his goal left the English champions needing a point in Bremen to make sure of a place in the knockout stages. For Barcelona, two points behind Bremen, the picture is very different.

Last updated: 01/11/06 10.11CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

chelsea

Chelsea

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
40
HilárioHilário (GK)
3
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Yellow Card42
Substitution57
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card37
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
5
EssienMichael Essien
Yellow Card89
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution83
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Goal58
Yellow Card63
Substitution77
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Yellow Card27
Goal52
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
9
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
Substitution75
11
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal90+3
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Substitution90+4
19
MessiLionel Messi
Yellow Card38
16
RobbenArjen Robben
Yellow Card29
Substitution72
20
DecoDeco
Goal3
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Yellow Card87

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution75
Yellow Card82
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution77
14
GeremiGeremi
15
EdmílsonEdmílson
Substitution57
Yellow Card65
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Substitution90+4
22
SaviolaJavier Saviola
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution72
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution83
24
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Stefano Farina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Giuseppe De Santis (ITA)

Fourth official

Oscar Girardi (ITA)

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