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UEFA Champions League Final 2011: Pedro Gives Barcelona 1-0 Lead

It's 1-0 Barcelona at Wembley in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final and you can't say that wasn't coming. just like in Rome two years ago, Manchester United were excellent for the first ten minutes before letting Barcelona come onto them, and just like two years ago, they've been punished.

Andres Iniesta had the ball deep in the midfield, finding the forward run of a curiously unmarked Xavi Hernandez. Unsurprisingly giving he had so much time to pick out a pass, Xavi played an inch-perfect ball to Pedro cutting down the right, and a neat near post finish was duly dispatched past a helpless (and motionless) Edwin van der Sar. That was a beautiful goal, and it doesn't look like Barcelona are going to stop at one. Manchester United are in deep, deep trouble now.

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