Thursday, April 20, 2006

Are we there yet? Almost...

Behind Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho, Ludovic Giuly is the third highest scorer at Bar
ça in the past two years. On Tuesday night he rifled home what may prove to the his most important gol yet for the blaugrana. Running onto a measured pass from Ronaldinho, he shot past Dida from an incredibly tight angle to leave Barça ninety minutes away from the final in Paris.

I only caught bit of the match in work, Gila hiting the post, 'dinho using his chest, thigh, in-step and finally the back of his heel to control the ball while Alessandro Nesta pulled out of him, Giuly's gol, Valdes save from Kaka. I was very impressed with Iniesta in midfield, up against Gattuso he more than held his own. Valdes too was assured when he had to be, though it was Dida who was the busier to the two goalkeepers. The negatives are Oleguer's strained leg muscle which means he misses not only the Sevilla game at the weekend but also the second leg next Wednesday. Added to that yellow cards for both Puyol and Valdes (for time wasting), though I can see Carles' being appealed as he made no contact whatsoever with Gila.

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