Barcelona defeats Udinese 2-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:47 IST

Already-qualified Barcelona scored two goals in the last five minutes for a 2-0 victory which eliminated Udinese from the Champions League on Wednesday.

Barcelona defeats Udinese 2-0

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Already-qualified Barcelona scored two goals in the last five minutes for a 2-0 victory which eliminated Udinese from the Champions League on Wednesday.Santi Ezquerro scored off a melee in the 85th minute and substitute Andres Iniesta made it 2-0 in the 90th on a quick counterattack at Friuli stadium.Barcelona finished on top of Group C with 16 points.Udinese was tied with Werder Bremen in second place on seven points but the German side advanced to the last 16 on the basis of their record of one win and a draw in head-to-head matches with the Italian club.Barcelona, which was missing several key players such as Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o, overwhelmed the Italian side in the midfield and never allowed the Udinese forwards close to its net."Barca'' threatened on every attack, with Ludovic Giuly striking the crossbar with a powerful drive in the 11th minute.Deco's heel attempt was just wide in the 38th and Giuly hit the post from a tight angle in the 41st.Udinese tightened up on defence as the game drew to a close. But then Ezequerro scored from a few meters out after repeated saves by Udinese defenders close to the net.Five minutes later, Iniesta, a second-half replacement for Gabri Garcia, kicked into the open goal from inside the area following a quick counterattack led by Giuly.Henrik Larsson squandered a chance for a third goal in injury team as many of the 40,000 partisan fans were already leaving the stadium.As some consolation, Udinese got a berth in the UEFA Cup. (AP)



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