Thursday, May 18, 2006
Barcelona defeated ten-player Arsenal 2-1 to grab the Champions League title, officially they are the best team in Europe this season.
It's the second time they do it. The first was in 1992 against Sampdoria of Italy (which surprisingly now plays in the second division like many ex-champions of Serie A). I remember watching that game on Israeli TV when we didn't have satellite channels and the goal came in the 115th minute a few minutes before going into penalty kicks. Ronald Koeman shot one of his untsoppable rockets (the first picture above) and the commnetator was screaming in joy as if his parents were born in Barcelona. That game ended in a 1-0 victory.
Barcelona did it again and came from behind and scored 2 goals in 5 minutes by Etoo and Belletti .... you can't play with ten players and defeat Barcelona.
Last quick boring observation, out of the 11 players who started with Barcelona, only three were Spanish. In Arsenal, only two out of the eleven were English. The Bosman ruling rules!