Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Barca lead just 1-0 over Schalke

Meanwhile, Barcelona take a slender 1-nil lead back to the Nou Camp after a workmanlike performance in Germany on Tuesday. Perhaps this photo of a yellow card shown to Barca's Mexican starlet Giovanni dos Santos sums up their day: All huff but very little puff to show for it (Barcelona enjoyed a 60-40 advantage in possession; Schalke did have 24 shots, but just 5 of them were on target). Youngster Bojan Krkic pinged in a rebound from a Thierry Henry shot, and the Spanish giants have to hope the freedom a home match on their wide pitch gives them will propel their side toward a likely semifinal, two-legged tie with Manchester United. Many observers feel Barca were lucky to beat Arsenal in the Paris final a few years back, putting their win down to Jens Lehman's dismissal. If we're being honest, that's the last time Ronaldinho really took a meaningful game by the scruff of the neck and saw it through. One has to think that the Spanish side will need a little more that that to get past Cristiano Ronaldo and co. this time around.