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Cléber rouses Wisła but Barça pass test

Published: Wednesday 27 August 2008, 0.58CET
Wisła Kraków 1-0 FC Barcelona (agg: 1-4)
Cléber's second-half goal lifted the Polish champions but failed to send Barça off course for the group stage.
by Luciano Mera
from Barcelona
Cléber rouses Wisła but Barça pass test
Match-winner Cléber gets in a tangle with Samuel Eto'o ©Getty Images

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Goals scored1
 
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Attempts on target1
 
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Attempts off target0
 
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Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
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Yellow cards2
 
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Published: Wednesday 27 August 2008, 0.58CET

Cléber rouses Wisła but Barça pass test

Wisła Kraków 1-0 FC Barcelona (agg: 1-4)
Cléber's second-half goal lifted the Polish champions but failed to send Barça off course for the group stage.

FC Barcelona stumbled slightly in losing by a single Cléber goal at the home of the Polish champions but still marched into the group stage at Wisła Kraków's expense.

Pride
Josep Guardiola's team, leading 4-0 from the first leg of this third qualifying round tie, were undone on the night by a 52nd-minute header from Cléber as Maciej Skorža's men claimed back a measure of pride. But it was Barcelona who won the ticket for Thursday's UEFA Champions League draw.

Substantial lead
Wisła might have gone ahead early on when the well-placed Piotr Brożek sent a header wide. However, a reminder of the attacking power which had brought Barcelona goals from Samuel Eto'o, Xavi Hernández and Thierry Henry a fortnight ago, came with Henry's miss from Andrés Iniesta's pass.

Second-half goal
The breakthrough finally arrived seven minutes into the second half when the unmarked Cléber rose to nod in a corner. If the strike lifted the home side, it also stung the 2006 UEFA Champions League winners. Carles Puyol and Eto'o went close before Gerard Piqué smashed a long-range shot against the post. When substitute Bojan Krkić wasted a late chance, Wisła's consolation victory was secure. Bigger tests lay ahead for the Blaugrana.

Last updated: 27/08/08 12.26CET

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