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The players celebrating Xavi's goal at the Bernabéu in 2004 / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

After Ricard Torquemada’s  choice of Gerard Piqué’s goal in the 2-6 win  the RA journalist Toni Padilla has picked Xavi Hernadez’s goal from the 2003/04 campaign – Frank Rijkaard’s first season in charge.

It was on 25 April 2004 that the Catalan midfielder scored the winner with just five minutes left to play (1-2). In the build up, Ronaldinho showed some sublime skill and Padilla recons: “that was a link with the goal Romario and Laudrup had conjured up 10 years earlier in Pamplona”

That 1-2 win atteh Bernabeu “showed the good things which were coming”, according to Padilla, even though despite the win, it wasn’t Barça who took the title, but Valencia.


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