Ronaldinho Gaucho

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ronaldinho stars in Barca win

Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho scored one goal and set up two others today as Spanish powerhouse Barcelona beat Mexico’s Club America 4-0 to book a spot in the final of the Club World Cup.
Ronaldinho gave the European champions a 3-0 lead in the 65th minute when he fired a right-foot blast into the top corner after Club America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a superb save off a Ludovic Giuly shot.
“We are very glad to have played at this level,” said Ronaldinho. ”We enjoyed ourselves very much. It may have seemed easy but it wasn’t.” The 10-17 December Club World Cup features the top club teams from soccer’s six continental confederations. Barcelona will face South American champions Internacional of Brazil in Sunday’s final.
Playing in a steady rain at Nissan Stadium, site of the 2002 World Cup final, Barcelona took control of the match early.
Ronaldinho made a nifty back-heel pass to Andres Iniesta and the Spanish midfielder fed Eidur Gudjohnsen, who rifled home on 11 minutes.
Rafael Marquez doubled the lead for Barcelona in the 30th minute, heading in a Deco corner kick from close range.
Club America’s best chance came in the 23rd minute on a free kick from Salvador Cabanas, but Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes made a superb diving save to block the low drive.
Midfielder Chauhtemoc Blanco came on after the break for the Mexican side and created some chances but Ronaldinho’s goal settled the matter.
Ronaldinho was provider once again when he set up Deco, who scored from the top of the area in the 85th minute to make it 4-0.


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