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August 29, 2006

Without Ronaldinho, Barcelona beat Celta

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The Spanish League has begun with an important victory for Barcelona. Ronaldinho couldn't play because of an injury, but the team managed to 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.