Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Barcelona 1-0 Zaragoza: First-half Keita strike means Guardiola's side warm-up for Arsenal clash with narrow victory

A first-half effort from Seydou Keita was enough to secure three points for Barcelona against a resolute Real Zaragoza, sending Pep Guardiola's side 10 points clear of second-placed Real Madrid.

Eric Abidal, Andres Iniesta and David Villa all started on the bench as Guardiola rested one key man from each department ahead of Barcelona's Champions League second-leg tie with Arsenal next week.

An out-of-favour Gabriel Milito partnered Gerard Pique at centre-back. Argentine Javier Mascherano was handed a rare start in the centre of midfield, while Bojan was given 65 minutes to argue his case for a first-team place before being hauled off for Villa.

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