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November 13, 2006

Ronaldinho is back to beat Zaragoza

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Fans were waiting for so long to finally see Ronaldinho in his real dimension. And this night, the Brazilian star led Barcelona to a dramatic 3-1 comeback win over Real Zaragoza in the Nou Camp on Sunday which moved them back to the top of the Spanish tournament.

After the Catalan team had fallen behind to an early strike from Zaragoza's Gabriel Milito, Ronaldinho Gaucho headed Barcelona level from a corner in the 30th minute.

Then, with both sides reduced to 10 players, he curled a superb free-kick into the top corner with four minutes remaining, and in time added on struck another against the crossbar which striker Javier Saviola put in with his head.

We must mention now that Barcelona are top with 23 points, one ahead of Sevilla who were held to a goalless draw away to Racing Santander.

In fact, the game in Nou Camp erupted in controversy midway through the second half as Diego Milito's theatrics got Barcelona's Thiago Motta sent off in the 72nd minute, as he fell to the ground clutching his face after Motta's hand brushed his chest in a challenge.

And after four minutes of heated protests from Barcelona, the game resumed and immediately Saviola was pulled back by Gabriel Milito after he let the ball slip under his foot as the last man back. A red card was shown and he followed Motta down the tunnel.

Unfortunately for Barcelona, they lost Brazilian Edmilson and Argentine forward Lionel Messi because of injuries in the first period.