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UEFA Champions League Final 2011: Barcelona Coming Back Into Game

Ooh, that's interesting. Barcelona have the ball in Edwin van der Sar's box and as Pedro attempts to control Manchester United left back Patrice Evra comes across him, winning the ball. There's no contact between the players, but Pedro immediately appeals for a handball. He's right, too - the ball nicked against Evra's hand, although there was nothing he could have done about it being half a yard away at the time. You've seen those given, but it would have been exceptionally harsh.

Barcelona, incidentally, are starting to be able to string three passes together, which is nice. Presumably Park Ji-Sung is getting tired of marking all three of Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Some nice work by the Catalans sees United's defence split open on their left and Pedro is left with a free header, which he smashes well wide. 0-0 In the 16th minute.

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