Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal
Was thinking of just posting that pic with a "nuff said" tag under neath. However I dont think the stats tell the whole story at all.
The game finished 3-1 on the night, Barcelona dominated through out leaving Arsenal players ball watching for most of the game. In fact the only time Arsenal did manage to score was from an own goal.
Arsenal started the game with a very much defensive formation making it obvious their tactics where to keep Barcelona out until half time. Was working brilliantly with some great last ditch tackles and it looked like they could actually see the half out and re asses the situation during the interval.
Half way through the first half Van Persie went through on goal, the whistel went for offside but the dutch forward couldnt hear it over the 95 000 fans. Seemingly unawares of the situation his shot went well wide, turned round and saw the referee raise a second yellow meaning he had been sent off.
The decision didnt change their tactics, still keeping a solid defence.
45+3 minutes in, Messi got free in the box, dinked it over the keeper and volleyed it in. Amazing composure.
Arsenal equalised but Barca grabbed another goal in front. With Arsenal needing to score again Barca just held the ball continuously for the rest of the game, making it impossible for the Gunners to mount any sort of attack.
Good to watch as a neutral but really was spoiled by an awful decision to send Robin Van Persie for time wasting.