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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Barcelona beat Bremen and advanced in Group A

The defending Champions Laegue king, FC Barcelona, avoided becoming the first European champions to be knocked out at the group stage with a Group A win over Werder Bremen while Chelsea defeated Levski to assure the first place in the group.

In the city of Barcelona, Ronaldinho fired the home side into the lead on 13 minutes when he slid a free kick beneath a leaping Werder Bremen wall, the ball rolling past a helpess Tim Wiese in the German goal.

And just five minutes later, Eidur Gudjohnsen tucked home the second goal for Barcelona when he touched home a pass from the right by French striker Ludovic Giuly.

In fact, the German team improved in the second half, but Barcelona continued to be the best side with Wiese having to make several nice plays to keep the scoreline respectable.

In the other game of the group, Chelsea defeated Levski 2-0. The Bulgarian team's first foray into the Champions League ended pointless after they were beaten by a superior Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko was able to put the Blues in front in the 27th minute after punching home a pass by Frank Lampard from inside the penalty area.

We must mention that Levski's defense held out well for much of the game although Chelsea were clearly the better of the two teams, and they managed to add a deserved second goal seven minutes from time when striker Shaun Wright-Phillips bagged the score.

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