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Wisla wins 1-0, Barca advances in Champions League

Wisla wins 1-0, Barca advances in Champions League

FC Barcelona advanced to the group stage of the Champions League despite losing 1-0 against Wisla Krakow on Tuesday.
Cleber's 52nd-minute goal gave the Polish side the victory in second leg of the third-round qualifier at Wisla Stadium, but Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate to enter Friday's draw.
It was the first time that the two-time European champion has failed to win under new coach Pep Guardiola in eight preseason matches.
However, Barcelona's qualification marks an early success for Guardiola, who replaced the fired Frank Rijkaard after being in charge of the reserve team last season.
Guardiola included three of Barcelona's five new acquisitions _ right back Daniel Alves, central defender Gerard Pique and midfielder Seydou Keita _ in his starting lineup. He rested forward Lionel Messi, who returned from Beijing after winning an Olympic gold medal on Saturday with Argentina.
Wisla was without defender Arkadiusz Glowacki and midfielders Mauro Cantoro and Radoslaw Sobolewski, all of whom are injured.
Enjoying a 4-0 lead from the first leg at Camp Nou stadium two weeks ago, Barcelona looked unimpressive before halftime.
The visitors almost conceded a goal in the 20th minute when goalkeeper Victor Valdes mis-hit a ball and midfielder Wojciech Lobodzinski chipped just wide.
Barcelona threatened five minutes later when Samuel Eto'o, who had two goals in the first leg, headed a good chance well wide from Thierry Henry's cross.
After Valdes' diving save from striker Pawel Brozek's 35th-minute header, Henry wasted another clear opportunity seven minutes later when he swept the ball wide after a penetrating run and pass from midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Barcelona fell behind after Valdes had sprawled to push away a volley from the edge by Piotr Brozek. The goalkeeper was then beaten by midfielder Cleber's powerful, diving header from the resulting corner.
Barcelona quickly reacted with Wisla goalkeeper Mariusz Pawelek saving from Eto'o in the 57th and Pique heading onto the bar from Alves' 61st-minute corner.
With Guardiola's team dominating the rest of the match, Pique shot over the bar from a pass by substitute Bojan Krkic in the 81st, midfielder Yaya Toure shot wide in the 87th and Bojan dispossessed Wisla defender Peter Singlar but curled his shot wide in the 88th.
Barcelona begins the Spanish league season on Sunday with a visit to promoted Numancia.


Updated : 2021-04-11 23:58 GMT+08:00