Without Ronaldinho, Barcelona beat Celta
Indeed, Ronaldinho Gaucho was not fit for the game against Celta, and Barcelona had to play without their most important player. That's why the thrilling 3-2 win at Celta Vigo in their opening Primera Liga match of the season on Monday is very important. The triumph was earned thanks to a late goal by substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen.
It's fair to mention that Barcelona, bidding for a third consecutive league title, looked to be suffering from the after-effects of Friday's 3-0 mauling at the hands of Sevilla in the European Super Cup as they fell behind to a Fernando Baiano goal just before halftime.
However, they fought back in a pulsating second half and quick-fire goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi rounded off by Gudjohnsen's last-gasp strike earned Frank Rijkaard's team a very dramatic victory.
Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid were held 0-0 at home to Villarreal on Sunday. At the same time, Valencia, one of the greatest favourites for the title, won 2-1 against visiting Real Betis on Saturday.