FC Barcelona vs Chelsea review -UEFA Champions League

  I received a lot of hits from the king of search engines from users wanting a review of the game. They were actually directed to my review of the leg at Stamford Bridge. Anyway here we go with a review of the game at Nou Camp.

The Nou Camp can be a difficult place to play in, especially for visiting teams, more so if they are English. No English team has ever won on Catalan soil FYI 🙂 . And at the end of the game, Drog the Dog’s injury time equaliser robbed Barcelona of a win and ensured that the Blues stayed on top of Group A. Drogba was the same man who found the back of the net a fortnight ago at the Bridge, and the Ivory Coast striker slid the ball past Valdes in the dying seconds, with John Terry assisting .

The game was an ill tempered one, with 10 yellow cards being flashed. 6 of them went to Chelsea, and one of them ensured that Frank Lampard will not play on matchday 5.

Barcelona took the lead through Portuguese midfielder Deco in the third minute, who dashed down the left, cut in and sent a right footed shot past Hilario. Hilario then produced a superb save from a Xavi shot, which was made by a Ronaldinho pass. Valdes himself  saved Arjen Robben and Michael Essien’s efforts to keep the Catalans ahead. Referee Stefano Farina had a hard time in the first half, with tackles and pushes all over the place. Barcelona even thought Ashley Cole should have been sent off, but it later emerged that his supposed to be first card was for Lampard.

Frank Lampard equalised for Chelsea in the 51st minute, producing an splendid chip over Victor Valdes  from the tightest of angles. But Barcelona took the lead only 6 minutes later through former Blues player Eidur Gudjohnsen. Ronaldinho skipped past Boulahrouz on the left flank, and sent in a cross for the Icelandic striker to find the net from close range.

Gudjohnsen however, was stretchered off the field 15 minutes from time, after a challenge from Ricardo Carvalho lead to him falling awkwardly.

Drogba’s goal means that Bremen, who won 3-0 at Levski Sofia, are ahead by 2 points from Barcelona. Riijkard’s side will now have their work cut out to qualify from Group A

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  1. […] Click here for the review of the game on October 31: FC Barcelona vs Chelsea review […]

  2. Chelsea should know they did not deserve the draw at Nou Camp, but it is what it is. It wont happen again. A barcelona fan….

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