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Barcelona needs to do better
February 24th, 2010 1:03AM

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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Barcelona isn't going to defend its UEFA Champions League title the way it played Tuesday at Stuttgart. The Spanish club needed a second-half equalizer from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to earn a 1-1 tie. In Tuesday's other game, visiting Bordeaux edged Olympiakos, 1-0.

"We had to fight, it was a hard game," Barca coach Pep Guardiola said. "In the second half we were able to free ourselves up and it was a good result. But if we want to go for the title in this competition, we are going to have to work hard and get better."

Brazilian-born striker Cacau struck in the 25th minute to give Stuttgart the surprise lead. Stuttgart coach Christian Gross isn't expecting an upset in the return leg.

"Now we have to go and get a result in Barcelona," he said. "We can't be too optimistic."

In Athens, Michael Ciani scored on a header off a free kick from Yoann Gourcuff in first-half stoppage time to give Bordeaux the 1-0 win over Olympiakos.

Bordeaux controlled most of the match but got a break when English referee Howard Webb disallowed a late goal by Enzo Maresca for a foul by Matt Derbyshire on goalie Cedric Carrasso.

"We were up against the referee for the whole match," complained defender Vassilis Torosidis.

SA PREDICTIONS:
Tuesday:
Stuttgart-Barcelona: 1-1. Result: 1-1.
Olympiakos-Bordeaux: 0-1. Result: 0-1.
Wednesday:
Inter Milan-Chelsea: 1-1
CSKA Moscow-Sevilla: 2-0.



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  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: February 25, 2010 at 10:17 a.m.
    Barcelona is lucky that the refs were in their favor, Stuttgart was robbed of several penaty kicks due to referees being totally blind or just playing favors as is becoming the norm in todays refs.


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