2006-05-18

Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 and win the Champions League

A 10-man Arsenal was defeated 2-1 by Barcelona. The Spanish team won their second Champions League in history. Paris was the scenario of a spectacular final game.

Everything seemed like a glorious night for The Gunners, which played with 10 men from the 18th minute after goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was red-carded, when they took the lead in the 37th at Stade de France. Sol Campbell headed in the first goal.

However, Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o tied the game for Barcelona in the 76th minute, and Juliano Belletti scored the last goal in the 81st.

Henrik Larsson found Belletti on the run, and the Brazilian charged through the Arsenal defence and sent his angled shot off replacement keeper Manuel Almunia and into the net.

The English side was shocked and couldn't react. The game finished and the catalan party began. Now Arsenal will have to wait for the next season to try to get a title.