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2006 UEFA Champions League Final

Title2006 UEFA Champions League Final
Event2005 � 06 UEFA Champions League
Date17 May 2006
StadiumStade de France
Man Of The Match1aRonaldinho (Barcelona)
RefereeTerje Hauge (Norway)
WeatherPartly cloudy
15 C (84.6 F)
33% humidity

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The 2006 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2005 - 06 UEFA Champions League, Europe's primary club football competition. The showpiece event was contested between Barcelona of Spain and Arsenal of England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, France, on Wednesday, 17 May 2006, to decide the winner of the Champions League. One-time winner Barcelona were appearing in their fifth final, whereas Arsenal were appearing in the final for the first time and in doing so became the first club from London to feature in the final.

Each club needed to progress through the group stage and knockout rounds to reach the final, playing 12 matches in total. Barcelona won their group and progressed to the final after beating Chelsea, Benfica and Milan, respectively. Arsenal won their group to move into the knockout stage, and progressed without conceding a goal against Real Madrid, Juventus and Villarreal, respectively.

Arsenal had Jens Lehmann sent off early in the first half, however they took the lead through Sol Campbell towards the end of the first half. Barcelona equalised through Samuel Eto'o near the end of the second half, and a few minutes later Juliano Belletti scored to give Barcelona a 2 - 1 victory. This was Barcelona's second triumph in the competition, 14 years after they first won the European Cup in 1992.

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