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PostSubject: Wisla v Barça : CL Qualification round 2nd leg   Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:37 am

A Cléber goal in the 50th minute meant Barça went down in Krakow. But the result was of no major concern, with the four goals from the first leg meaning Barça’s fifth consecutive participation in the CL group stages was never really in doubt.

The Henryk Reyman witnessed Barça steadily improve as the night went on. It was an evenly matched affair until the 50th minute, with Barça struggling to break down their opponent. The rhythm of the game changed when Wisla went ahead thanks to a break from a corner, a wake-up call for the visitors, who played impressively from then until the final whistle, but despite a number of great chances, failed to make any of them count.

But the 1-0 is enough to secure Barcelona’s passage into the next round, the Champions League group stage, and for the fifth year in a row. Being entered into Thursday’s draw was the prime objective of the preseason for Guardiola’s side and the 4-1 aggregate scoreline is testimony of job very well done.

Even first half

There was little to pick between the sides early on. Both sides sought to control the centre of the park and made very few incursions upon their opposing goals. The first big moment didn’t come until the 20th minute when a Lobodzinski lob failed to surprise Valdés. There were very few further talking points in the half other than a Brozek strike on 35 minutes that did little to trouble the Barça stopper either.

Polish goal

The second half got off to a similar start, with goalscoring chances conspicuous by their absence. But then a 50th minute strike from Zienczuk was turned behind for a corner by Valdés, which duly led to the only goal of the night, scored from a diving header by Cléber.

Barça get better

The goal brought Barça to life, and the football from that moment on was considerably more dynamic. Gudjohnsen and Hleb came on for Xavi and Iniesta, and that opened things up a bit more in attack, and it was Eto'o who came closest with a couple of chances that were saved by Pawelek.

No reward

Gerard Piqué was the star of the last half hour. The Catalan had three great chances inside the area but the crossbar, the goalkeeper and the turf, which prevented him from shooting as he would have liked, meant the score remained the same. Touré Yaya and Bojan, a late replacement for Eto’o, also found themselves in excellent positions inside the rival six yard box, but it just was not Barça’s day in front of goal.

It was the first defeat of the FC Barcelona era under Guardiola, but it was nothing to worry about even in the slightest because the lead brought into the game from the first leg meant that the all-important place in the group stage of the Champions League was never really in doubt.
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PostSubject: Wisla v Barça: Did you know?   Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:42 am

There are a number of curiosities regarding tonight’s Champions League third round match between Wisla Krakow and FC Barcelona.


- FC Barcelona have never lost in Poland. The side has played in the country five times and won four and drawn of one those matches.

- Barça have only played in Krakow once. That was in the 2001/02 season, and also in the Champions League preliminary round against Wisla. That time Barça won 4-3.

- Wisla won their first home game in this season’s Champions League 5-0. That was the return leg of their second round match with Beitar Jerusalem, after the Poles had lost the first leg 2-1. A similar result tonight would put Barça, 4-0 winners in the first leg, out of the competition.

- Martín Cáceres could play his first official minutes in an FC Barcelona shirt. He was the only one of the five summer signings not to feature in the first leg at the Camp Nou.

- This game will also be new manager Josep Guardiola’s first official away match.

- There are two others Champions League qualifiers being played tonight. These are Artmedia v Juventus and Panathinaikos v Sparta Prague. The rest of the programme will be played on Wednesday.

- The winners of this round will go into the Champions League stage, which will be drawn on Thursday at 18.00.
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PostSubject: Re: Wisla v Barça : CL Qualification round 2nd leg   Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:03 pm

hahahaha your team lost from a team called wilsa hahaha (hard luck)

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PostSubject: Re: Wisla v Barça : CL Qualification round 2nd leg   Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:53 am

ITS NOT MY TEAM I HATE BARCA Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Wisla v Barça : CL Qualification round 2nd leg   Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:52 am

funcokimo wrote:
ITS NOT MY TEAM I HATE BARCA Very Happy

YOU`RE NOT ALONE MAN, MOST OF US DO.

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PostSubject: Re: Wisla v Barça : CL Qualification round 2nd leg   Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:13 am

mizo madrid wrote:
hahahaha your team lost from a team called wilsa hahaha (hard luck)
u forgot 3recrativo-6 from zaragoza
these days are back soon
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PostSubject: Re: Wisla v Barça : CL Qualification round 2nd leg   Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:18 am

this game was of no importance
Barca already had the job done in spain
even though i didnt watch the game i'm sure Guardiola fielded the 2nd team of substitutes n young players afraid of gettin any major injuries for any of the team key players especially that the season starts for Barca this staurday or Sunday.

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