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October 26, 2005

Ronaldinho scores in victory over Malaga

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Ronaldinho converted an 81st-minute penalty in his 100th appearance for FC Barcelona and Henrik Larsson added a goal to give the defending champion a 2-0 win over Malaga.

Barcelona dominated Malaga at the Camp Nou, but struggled to beat former goalkeeper Francesc Arnau.

Barcelona finally made the breakthrough in the 81st minute, capitalizing on the penalty after midfielder Juan Rodriguez was adjudged to have tripped Ronaldinho.

Substitute Larsson, who had replaced Samuel Eto'o, sealed Barcelona's fourth win of the season in the 88th minute by curling the ball around Arnau.

Ronaldinho scored from the spot-kick to give the home side the lead in the 81st minute after he had falled under a challenge from Juan Rodríguez. Málaga players surrounded the referee complaining that their colleague had touched the ball first and knocked it away for a corner, but Rijkaard did not agree.

"He (Ronaldinho) did not dive," the Dutchman said. "It is not our style to try to cheat the officials and when you are unbalanced and running at that speed it is normal to fall.

"The referee has done a good job today.

"Everybody has the right to their own opinion, not everyone will feel the same way."

The former Milan midfielder went on to express his pleasure at Barcelona’s dominant performance and statd that former Barça keeper Francesc Arnau had played well, as the Málaga stopper repelled the home side with several excellent saves.

"I think that we played well, the team was very focussed and fought until the end," Rijkaard continued.

"Arnau is a very good goalkeeper and did well."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was wondering if you could also have his stats posted as well

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes,am just so glad and happr about all this views and ..........

1:36 PM  

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