Athens:Barcelona all but assured themselves a place in the third round of the UEFA Cup with a 3-0 win against Panionios in Greece. Eventually quality told and in the 42nd minute, Luis Garcia received a pass from Ronaldinho before cutting inside to drive home a shot that goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny managed to block, only to scramble back and parry into his own net. Garcia then turned provider after the break as Patrick Kluivert made an instant impact having replaced Javier Saviola, scoring with his first touch in the 46th minute to make it 2-0 to the Catalans. The Catalans had several more opportunities to add to their lead before Xavi made it 3-0 in the 90th minute. Meanwhile, Claudiu Raducanu was again the scourge of English fortunes in the UEFA Cup as his second-half equaliser in atrocious conditions earned FC Steaua Bucuresti a second round first-leg draw against Liverpool.
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