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RONALDINHO, BARCA HEAD TO PARIS FOR EUROPEAN CROWN

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Barca never stopped attcking football during 180 minutes. Barcelona beat Milan with 1-0 on aggregate to advance to Final of UEFA Champions League at Stade de Prince, Paris. In the 1st leg, Brazilian Ronaldinho made the difference to create Frenchman Ludovic Giuly's shot on target before the Spanish club went back home with a precious away-win.

At Nou Camp in Barcelona, Milan was aggressive for at least two goals. Brazilian Kaka made a shot wide at opening seconds of 1st from near the defenceline where he recieved the ball, while in defence, Dutch defender Jaap Stam checking Ronaldinho at the right side helped Alessandro Costacruta and Kakha Kaladze on central. That was the same plan for the Italian team as the 1st leg at San Siro in Milan. Offence and defence changed quickly. It was like repeating counterattacks each other. I felt clock turning faster than any other matchup.

Into the 2nd half, Brazilian Belletti swung wide in the decisive situation and Swede substitute Henrik Lasson's header came to the front of Milan's Brazilian goalie Dida. On the other hand, Filippo Inzaghi's head couldn't find the target and Ukrainean striker Andriy Shevchenko's header was denied by Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes. Time went by without Frank Rijkaard's lead changing anything as Brazilian Cafu and Portuguese Manuel Rui Costa and striker Alberto Gilardino replaced for Milan one after another. Finally, Barcelona deserved a win against the team which had been defeated 12 years ago in CL Final.

After the match was finished as if it was a Brazilian reunion, Barcelona goes toward Paris on 17 May to face Arsenal led by French coach Arsene Wenger.

match result:

UEFA Champions League 05-06
Semi Finals

Barcelona 1-0 Milan (18 Apr)

Milan 0-0 Barcelona (26 Apr)
*Barcelona Going to Final against Arsenal in Paris

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