Barcelona draw with Real Zaragoza

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Barcelona fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Real Zaragoza in the Spanish Primera Liga.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:49 IST
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Seventh hosted eighth in the Spanish Primera Liga on Saturday as Barcelona welcomed Real Zaragoza to the Camp Nou. Ronaldinho sported a new pair of boots for the game, decorated with a 24-carat gold 'swoosh' and worth a cool $6,000 dollars. A sublime flick from Barca's brilliant Brazilian set up the first clear chance of the game in the 20th minute. Samuel Eto'o was unable to finish off a mesmerising move with the goal it deserved though, the Cameroonian denied by a fine save by Cesar. Zaragoza, who had previously only fleetingly threatened the Barca goal, took the lead three minutes into the second half. Savio's free-kick from wide on the right was flicked on by Cani to Gabriel Milito at the far post, and the defender powered a header past Victor Valdes. Zaragoza made it 2-0 less than five minutes later. Savio was the provider, once again. Valdes could only parry the Brazilian's wickedly swerving shot into the path of Diego Milito, and the Argentine scrambled the ball under the 'keeper to join his brother on the score sheet. Barca coach Frank Rijkaard sent on Henrik Larsson, Mark Van Bommel and Lionel Messi in an attempt to inject some life into his side. And the substitutions paid off. In the in the 79th minute, Van Bommel latched on to Larsson's flick and went down under a challenge from Delio Toledo. Referee Carlos Megma Davila pointed to the spot - although replays showed the decision to be harsh. And to make matters worse for Zaragoza, Toledo was also shown a second yellow card by Davila. Ronaldinho converted from the spot - twice, in fact, after Davila ordered the first effort to be retaken - to make it 2-1. The visitors looked set to hold on for victory as Eto'o struck the post with just five minutes remaining. However, three minutes later, a misunderstanding between Cesar and defender Alvaro allowed Eto'o to steal the ball from in between them. He then rounded the 'keeper and fired his sixth goal of the season into the empty net. So, 2-2 the final score - with a thrilling comeback from champions Barca. But still, their stuttering start to the season continues. Nevertheless, the single point sees Frank Rijkaard's side move up to third in the table, five points behind surprise leaders Getafe, who beat Valencia in Saturday's only other game. Real Zaragoza are eighth. The rest of the Primera Liga will be in action on Sunday. (AP)

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