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Barcelona to the Finals of the Champions League

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 22:28

Finals of the Champions League Betting NewsBarcelona took a major step towards the final Champions League football by winning 2-0 at Real Madrid with a brace from Lionel Messi in the first leg of the semifinals, played at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

The two teams were very cautious, knowing that we still have a return match in Barcelona on Tuesday, until Messi came 76 minutes to finish the white back of the net pass from the right of the Dutch Ibrahim Afellay.

La Pulga topped its task in 87 minutes, going at speed from midfield, getting rid of up to four players to score a second with a cross shot to the output of Casillas.

In the first part, stopped the locals play the Catalans, who had an outright possession of the ball during a game very harsh, in which faults hooked and prevailed on the game.

The hardness and stress of the encounter, both teams had already warmed in recent days, were translated into six cards, including expulsions of Real Madrid defender Pepe (61 '), the Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto ( 45), and the white coach, Jose Mourinho (62 ').

Barca, who had more than 70% of ball possession, lacked verticality, merely to keep the ball and calmly look for holes in the white wall, which, as it did in the last two "classic" sought quick counterattack and long balls looking for Cristiano Ronaldo.

At the turn of rest, coach Jose Mourinho white Portuguese ushered in the Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor by German Mesut Özil, uniting in front of the Lusitanian also Cristiano Ronaldo, while the Real Madrid forward their lines and began to push further up reached by the expulsion of Pepe and Mourinho, which marked the rest of the game.

With a man down, Real Madrid, during the first fifteen minutes of the second part seemed to be more incisive, stepped back, which took the club to advance lines and allow the arrival of the goals, which put almost hand the tie for Barca.

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