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Rijkaard relief as Barça find rhythm

Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006
FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard felt a "great first-half performance" underpinned a fine display by the holders as they dashed Werder Bremen's dreams.

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

Rijkaard relief as Barça find rhythm

FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard felt a "great first-half performance" underpinned a fine display by the holders as they dashed Werder Bremen's dreams.

FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard felt a "great first-half performance" underpinned a professional display as the holders defeated Werder Bremen to vanquish the German side's hopes of causing a huge UEFA Champions League shock. The Dutchman's opposite number, however, was left with nothing but regrets as uefa.com hears from the coaches at Camp Nou.

Frank Rijkaard, Barcelona coach
I'm happy because we had to make a difference tonight and we saw a great first-half performance. The effort the team made was immense so I congratulate my players for their work. This result, and qualification, brings a calmness to the squad. Bremen are a very strong team and have good quality players which meant we had to keep a hold on the match after the two goals. That's normal in the Champions League - there are never any easy games. We took our chances and that proved to be very important in the second half.

Thomas Schaaf, Bremen coach
We didn't find the rhythm in the first half and things didn't go to plan. They found their rhythm quickly but we improved after the break, found our rhythm and it showed. The first Barcelona goal was our mistake and made the difference. We then made another and from then on the match became very tough for us. In the second half we had several chances and played like we know how to but didn't make the most of the chances.

Last updated: 06/12/06 1.07CET

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