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Barcelona break Bremen hearts

Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 0.55CET
FC Barcelona 2-0 Werder Bremen An inspired Ronaldinho free-kick helped the defending champions through to the Round of 16 at the expense of Bremen.
by Lucas Brown
from Camp Nou

Match statistics

BarcelonaBremen

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
11
Corners5
 
4
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

5 December 2006

A Chelsea
2-0
Levski
A Barcelona
2-0
Werder
B Sporting
1-3
Spartak Moskva
B Bayern
1-1
Internazionale
C Galatasaray
3-2
Liverpool
C PSV
1-3
Bordeaux
D Olympiacos
1-1
Shakhtar
D Roma
1-0
Valencia

6 December 2006

E Dynamo
2-2
Real Madrid
E Lyon
1-1
Steaua
F Man. United
3-1
Benfica
F København
3-1
Celtic
G Porto
0-0
Arsenal
G Hamburg
3-2
CSKA Moskva
H Anderlecht
2-2
AEK
H Milan
0-2
Lille
 
Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 0.55CET

Barcelona break Bremen hearts

FC Barcelona 2-0 Werder Bremen An inspired Ronaldinho free-kick helped the defending champions through to the Round of 16 at the expense of Bremen.

FC Barcelona's dreams of becoming the first UEFA Champions League holders to retain the trophy are still alive after they ended Werder Bremen's hopes at Camp Nou.

Magic moment
A moment of magic from Ronaldinho put the Spanish league leaders on the way against their German counterparts and a quickfire second from Eidur Gudjohnsen ensured the victory. Although they eased off after a powerful first-half display, Barcelona had done enough to take second spot in Group A behind section winners Chelsea FC. Bremen, who kept going until the end, will have to content themselves with entering the UEFA Cup.

Attacking intent
Barcelona were determined from the start. Ludovic Giuly almost supplied the opener after three minutes, but his low cross just evaded Gudjohnsen before Deco warmed Tim Wiese's gloves from distance. With the Bundesliga side playing an attacking formation, Giuly revelled in the space and he went close in the ninth minute when connecting with Tim Borowski's clearing header yet Wiese did well to turn the ball away.

Ronaldinho brilliance
The Blaugrana pressure paid off when Ronaldinho opened the scoring with an inspired free-kick on 13 minutes. Expecting a flighted effort from the edge of the area, the visitors' wall jumped in anticipation only for the Brazilian to slide the ball underneath and into the bottom corner of the net. Barça doubled their advantage five minutes later as Ronaldinho's cross-field pass picked out the run of Giuly and the winger crossed for Gudjohnsen to convert from close range.

Jensen denied
The duo combined again soon after when Giuly was picked out by Gudjohnsen, but his shot flew wide. That was followed by Daniel Jensen powering a drive that evaded Víctor Valdés but went off target. Gudjohnsen was hungry for a second and in the 35th minute, following a strong 60-metre surge from Deco, he weaved his way past four Bremen defenders before slipping the ball against the post. From the rebound, Giuly fired wide with the goal gaping.

Klose cross
With half-time approaching, Miroslav Klose narrowly missed out on an inviting cross which flew right across the penalty area, before the visitors saw Naldo cannon a free-kick centimetres to the wrong side of the post. As was to be expected, Bremen pushed forward in the second period but their early efforts could only produce an ambitious overhead kick from Diego which drifted wide.

Wonderful pass
Nine minutes after restart, though, they found an opening in the Barça defence as Klose battled his way into the box only to lift his shot to the left of the goal. The hosts could have put the result beyond doubt moments later when Ronaldinho made a wonderful reverse pass to send Gudjohnsen clear, but the forward paused allowing Naldo to track back and clear.

Chances spurned
Bremen continued to probe, yet were unable to profit. In the 58th minute Hugo Almeida's outstretched leg met Diego's drive, with Valdés saving the deflection. The Portuguese striker was then caught on his heels when a lofted effort from Jensen deceived Valdés and struck the junction of crossbar and post. Visiting coach Thomas Schaaf looked to increase his team's attacking options by introducing Aaron Hunt in place of Pierre Wome, but Barça held firm to finish the group stage one point better off than Bremen, enough for a last-16 place.

Last updated: 06/12/06 10.47CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

bremen

Bremen

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
18
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
3
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Yellow Card53
Substitution62
4
NaldoNaldo
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
5
WomePierre Wome
Yellow Card74
Substitution80
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
Yellow Card48
8
FritzClemens Fritz
7
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Goal18
10
DiegoDiego
Yellow Card90+2
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution85
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Goal13
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
11
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
Yellow Card77
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution71
20
DecoDeco
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution73
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution73
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
15
EdmílsonEdmílson
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution80
18
EzquerroSantiago Ezquerro
Substitution85
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
Substitution62
17
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
Substitution71
23
OleguerOleguer
27
SchulzChristian Schulz

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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