The spectacles of being hard to believe jumped into my eyes, bad surface at Stamford Bridge, a blues' Asier Del Horno's sent-off and a goalscoring by own-goal each. And header by Samuel Eto'o gave Barcelona a huge away-win over Chelsea in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League's first knockout round. The two teams, who had met here each other last tournament, were said to be same 4-3-3 formation but it was invisible to me at such way.
The English Champion had a problem. Michael Essien had been suspended two games in CL and coach Jose Mourinho placed Eidur Gudjohnsen for Essien this night. I was surprised to see him show his talent as a footballer as much as play on central midfield. Mourinho's plan, however, was broken when Norwegian referee Terje Hauge called Del Horno's charge against Lionel Messi a red-card at 1st half. After John Terry's own goal in the 2nd, the London club started to allow free space to play on the left side where Messi and playmaker Ronaldinho made a chance to score. And to a Cameroonean header.
The Spanish Champion changed usual formation. Coach Frank Rijkaards selected another option lone striker Eto'o to place Thiago Motta next to Edmilson to enrich central midfield. Behind the game by Motta's own goal, Swede striker Henrik Larsson went out there for Motta and Ronaldinho moved from the right area to the left where the Brazilian confused blue defences with Messi. And to a Cameroonean header.
I don't know where the tie's winner goes. What had happend to Chelsea might happen to Barcelona. I wouldn't witness the ending somehow but am looking forward to it.
UEFA Champions League 05-06
First Knockout Round, 1st leg (22 Feb)
Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea
(0-1)59' own goal
(1-1)72' own goal