Much needed boost for Barça ahead of Champions League semi

April 26, 2010

FC Barcelona held on to all the points on Saturday evening, in an early kick off against Xerez, but with with Real Madrid also winning their match, Barcelona is still clinging onto the league table by a single point.

Although Jeffren and Henry put Barça ahead early on, the visitors continued to make life hard for them until well into the second half – they scored a goal in the 24th minute to narrow the gap to 2-1 and missed two opportunities. However, Ibrahimovic sealed the victory five minutes into the second half.

This was a welcome victory ahead of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, when they will really need to pull out all the stops. After their 3-1 defeat by Inter last Tuesday a 2-0 victory is the minimum they need to go through; however, the Italians are unlikely to make it that simple.

1-0 Jeffren (min 13)
2-0 Henry (min 23)
2-1 Bermejo (min 24)
3-1 Ibrahimovic (min 55)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
34
27
6
1
83
20
87
2
Real Madrid
34
28
2
4
89
29
86
3
Valencia
34
18
8
8
53
35
62
4
Mallorca
34
16
8
10
53
38
56
5
Sevilla
34
16
6
12
52
42
54
6
Villarreal
34
15
7
12
50
46
52
7
Getafe
34
15
5
14
52
46
50
8
Athletic Bilbao
33
14
7
12
45
44
49
9
Deportivo
34
12
8
14
33
43
44
10
Atlético Madrid
34
12
7
15
52
53
43
11
Espanyol
34
10
11
13
27
40
41
12
Osasuna
33
10
8
15
30
39
38
13
Almería
34
9
11
14
34
46
38
14
Sporting Gijón
34
9
10
15
33
46
37
15
Racing Santander
34
8
12
14
37
50
36
16
Málaga
34
7
13
14
38
43
34
17
Zaragoza
34
8
10
16
39
58
34
18
Valladolid
34
6
14
14
34
54
32
19
Tenerife
34
8
8
18
35
66
32
20
Xerez
34
6
9
20
31
59
27

 

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