Arsenal vs. Barcelona
By MortazaviBlog on May 17, 2006
Two blocks down from Edinburgh Castle at 950 Geary Street, which was recommended by a friend but which is now decrepit and depressingly abandoned, just on the corner of O'Farrall and Leavenworth, there is a new Algerian cafe called Cafe Grain D'ore.
In the basement they projected the game on a wall for a group of friends. I asked if I could join in and watch it. They graciously agreed.
I made it to the second half only. Although I would say I was partial towards Barcelona, I think Ronaldinho played poorly, at least in the second half. Near the very end, he blew an obvious goal pass to a playmate when he tried to score himself.
If it wasn't for two golden passes within 5 minutes by Henrik Larsson, substituted for another player in the last 30 minutes by Frank Rijkaard, Arsenal would have been lifting the cup, even with one player short. As a team, Barcelona commanded the game after the second goal with obvious ease.
Ultimately, playing 10 against 11 promised to drive Arsenal to its demise.