Barcelona advanced in the Champions League this afternoon with a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen behind goals from Ronaldinho and Eidur Gudjohnsen in five minutes apart in the first half.
First impressions were that after alot of pre-game talk and hype how tentative Werder Bremen came out at the Nou Camp for a team that has been high on confidence.
Ronaldinho struck off a free kick in the 13th minute that once again reminds us of how silly it is for walls to jump. Ronaldinho smacked it underneath the wall.
A wall is designed to cover a portion of the goal and take options hopefully away not create them.
By jumping the Werder Bremen wall gave a world class player another option that Ronaldinho gratefully accepted by hitting his free kick underneath the wall past Tim Weise( who was excellent for Werder Bremen).
With his wall jumping Weise has to think about being beaten underneath the wall as well as over it.
A defensive wall is designed to take options away from a free kick taker, not add them.
I am from the school of make a free kick taker beat me with brilliance over a wall. Enough said about walls.
Five minutes later Eidur Gudjohnsen connected to make the Germans chase the game.
Improved performance notably from Brazilian Diego and Miroslav Klose along with Torsten Frings the rest of the game only exemplified a poor shaky start that could not be recovered from.
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