Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Barca is the team to beat
by Paul Kennedy, April 9th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily



Barcelona very much looks like the favorite to win the 2009 UEFA Champions League after putting on a superb show against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The German champion looked helpless in face of the Barca onslaught and fell, 4-0, with all four goals coming in the first half.

"Obviously, 4-0 in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final match is incredible," said Barca coach Pep Guardiola. "We did almost everything right. Bayern have great players so it is difficult to beat them. The talent made the difference tonight."

That talent included Barca's big three, which combined to create all four goals.

Argentine Lionel Messi scored the first goal in the ninth minute after being set up by Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o.

Messi then sprung Eto'o for the second goal three minutes later.

Frenchman Thierry Henry blew past Massimo Oddo and led Messi to make it 3-0 in the 38th minute.

Messi and Eto'o were also involved on the fourth goal, which Henry out away.

April 8 in Barcelona
Barcelona 4 Bayern Munich 0. Goals: Messi 9, 38, Eto'o 12, Henry 43.
Barcelona -- Valdes, Daniel Alves, Marquez, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Toure (Busquets 81), Iniesta, Messi, Eto'o (Krkic 89), Henry (Keita 74).
Bayern Munich -- Butt, Oddo, Demichelis, Breno, Lell, Altintop (Ottl 46), Schweinsteiger, van Bommel, Ze Roberto (Sosa 77), Ribery, Toni.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
USWNT: Five regulars return for Romania series    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis recalled five regulars who had sat out the Switzerland ...
MLS Playoffs: Youngster Boateng takes charge for Galaxy    
Emmanuel Boateng made up for a penalty whistled on him that negated the LA Galaxy's early ...
Report: Barrett out of running for Dynamo head coach    
Wade Barrett, who served as the Houston Dynamo interim coach for the last five months, won't ...
What They're Saying: Michael Bradley    
"For tonight, every player, every person who is a part of this club, every fan, every ...
What They're Saying: Harvard dean Rakesh Khurana    
"As a human being, and a member of the Harvard College community, I am always profoundly ...
MLS Moves: Robinson stays with 'Caps, but changes coming    
Three days after a 4-1 win over Portland ended a disappointing MLS season for Vancouver, the ...
MLS Playoffs: Toronto FC stars come to play    
Ten years. That's the time it took Toronto FC to finally win its first playoff game. ...
MLS: SKC takes win streak into first playoff meeting    
The Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City have been playoff mainstays -- eight straight appearances for ...
MLS Playoffs: Teams at familiar stage    
MLS's Knockout Round concludes Thursday with two games: D.C. United-Montreal and Seattle-Sporting KC. All four teams ...
Video Pick: Sublime scissor kick by Nacho    
Real Madrid's 26-year-old Nacho scored the goal of the week, a 17-yard scissor kick, on Wednesday ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives