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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 08:47 GMT 09:47 UK
Champions League final photos

Barcelona fans in full voice

Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal: Arsenal arrive at the Stade de France minutes before the deadline as the atmosphere heats up

The opening ceremony starts at the Stade de France

Crowd and players alike face an anxious wait for play to start as the elaborate opening ceremony gets under way

Barca keeper Victor Valdes denies Arsenal's Thierry Henry in the third minute

The game starts off at a sizzling pace as Victor Valdes prevents Thierry Henry giving the Gunners a dream start

Arsenal's Jens Lehmann challenges Samuel Eto'o

But Arsenal's night threatens to unravel when Jens Lehmann rushes out to challenge Samuel Eto'o at the other end

Arsenal's Jens Lehmann challenges Samuel Eto'o

The German international brings down the Cameroon striker to concede a free-kick on the edge of the box

Arsenal's Jens Lehmann leaves the pitch after receiving a red card

And then receives a red card to become the first man sent off in a Champions League final - Manuel Almunia replaces him

Sol Campbell heads home from a Thierry Henry free-kick to give Arsenal the lead

Arsenal are rocked by Lehmann's dismissal but Sol Campbell keeps their hopes alive with a thumping opening goal

Sol Campbell celebrates the opening goal

Campbell's 37th-minute header from Henry's free-kick gives 10-man Arsenal a shock 1-0 lead going into the interval

Thierry Henry takes issue with the match officials

Henry remonstrates with the match officials as the players make their way off the pitch at half-time in Paris

Thierry Henry

And Arsenal struggle to defend their fragile lead as the rain starts to take its toll in the second half

Samuel Eto'o scores the equaliser

The Gunners hold on until the 76th minute when Eto'o collects Henrik Larsson's neat pass to equalise past Almunia

Juliano Belletti scores the winner for Barcelona

Larsson is involved again four minutes later when he sets up Juliano Belletti to slot home a second that seals Arsenal's fate

Ronaldinho and Barcelona team-mates celebrate Juliano Belletti's goal

Barcelona celebrate taking the lead for the first time in the match and manage to hold on for three minutes of injury time

Thierry Henry

Henry collapses to the ground at the end of a game. Is it the Frenchman's last appearance in an Arsenal shirt?

Barcelona celebrate

Meanwhile, the party is just getting started for Barcelona as they celebrate a return to the pinnacle of European football

An Arsenal fan

A long trip home looms for one Arsenal fan as the Gunners' Champions League adventure comes to an end

Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal
17 May 06 |  Europe


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