After five years without a title, Barça then found their form again under Frank Rijkaard, whose team marched on to victory despite a rash of injuries, which left Motta, Gabri and Edmilson out for quite a while. Against a conservative Madrid, who failed to get a single shot on target, Barça came out of the blocks determined to take the game by the scruff of its neck. Eto’o opened the scoring after a mix up between Casillas and Roberto Carlos, but although the two second half goals ensured a satisfying win, the bad news for Rijkaaard was another long term injury, this time to Larsson.
FC Barcelona: Valdés, Belletti (Damià, 73’), Puyol, Oleguer, Van Bronckhorst, Márquez, Deco, Xavi (Sylvinho, 86’), Larsson (Iniesta, 72’), Ronaldinho, Eto’o.
Entrenador: Frank Rijkaard.
Reial Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Samuel, Pavón, Roberto Carlos, Beckham (Owen, 54’), Guti, Zidane (Celades, 79’), Figo, Raúl (Solari, 83’), Ronaldo.
Entrenador: Mariano García Remón.
Àrbitre: Undiano Mallenco.
Gols: Min. 29, 1-0: Eto’o Min. 43, 2-0: Van Bronckhorst Min. 75, 3-0: Ronaldinho