Barcelona are for all intents and purpose done. Their failure to come up with the three points in Huelva virtually made it a two-team race. Both of them will be playing tomorrow.
An injured Samuel Eto’o was partnered with a recovering Lionel Messi, but that was still not enough as former River Plate and Rosario Central star Marco Ruben’s brace put Barcelona’s Liga title hopes on life support.
Eto’o came out of the gate with as he buried a Giovani Dos Santos cross with a great header. The Cameroonian international is showing his grit in the recent weeks as he is bothered with a chronic calf injury. Despite his pain the patchwork side was able to dominate play and Eto’o quickly put the homeside behind the eight-ball. But it would be the visitors that would see themselves behind it later on. Towards the end of the first half, Recreativo’s hard work paid off.
Although they were very patient, they weren’t able to pierce that suspect Barcelona defense. But for at least the final few minutes, they would not have to. In the dying minutes of the first half, Marco Ruben put a header on goal and Víctor Valdés saved it. It was a header that tested the Spanish international, but he was able to handle it.
Then the line judge raised his flag advisign referee Clos Gómez that the ball crossed the line
This result was completely upstaged by the news of Ronaldinho verbally agreeing to a contract with AC Milan. For Barcelona, now their focus will shift condierably to their Champions League semifinal matchup against Manchester United, as much as they will deny it in the upcoming weeks.
Ronaldinho’s departure is the first of many that are expected from the Nou Camp this summer as players like Henry, Zambrotta, Deco, Oleguer, Thuram are among the big names being mentioned in board rooms across Europe.