It was sorry of me that Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had been sent off the turf due to trapping Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o out of the box at midway through the 1st in the Final of UEFA Champions League. Although substitute goalie Manuel Almunia, who replaced midfielder Robert Pires, denied a scoring chance that Brazilian Ronaldinho tried, I wondered if, as almost all spectators expected, it'd be going to the way of the English club's defending the Spanish club's fierce attacks.
It appeared that Frank Rijkaard's men had dominated the field since 10-man Arsenal. But once Arsene Wenger's men could possese the ball, they gradually carried it toward the shooting range. It came the time nobody believed when Arsenal defender Sol Campbell's header from Tiery Henry found the target past helpless Victor Valdes. People all over the world including Parisien at Stade de France were given the most exciting result in the events that it could happen. All I was interested in was how Barcelona would make a chance to score under the Arsenal's statistic to put eight men except Henry on their own box.
Into the 2nd, at 15 minutes to end, there was a person running into Arsenal area at the same time as the ball was rolling toward substitution Henrik Larsson in the box. I thought the Cameroonean was off-side when the Swede gave it him. But it was not called as Barcelona finally tied the game, 1-1. For the Gunners, there wasn't left any gas to lead the game again while, some minutes later since the Blaugrana equalized, sub Brazilian Belletti run into the right side of the box shooted it from Larsson. It was the moment that Barcelona deserved a 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal.
Now that Barcelona has had a ticket to fly to Japan next December when they will play at TOYOTA CUP. Before that, FIFA World Cup Germany is coming. I'm looking forward to a lot of exciting plays by finalists including Zico JAPAN.
UEFA Champions League 05-06
Final at Stade de France, Paris (17 May)
Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal