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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 September, 2003, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Barca late show delights fans
Ronaldinho scored Barcelona's goal
Ronaldinho scored in the second half
Barcelona star Ronaldinho dedicated his spectacular goal against Seville to the 80,237 fans who turned up in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The midnight kick-off did not deter the Nou Camp faithful, who came in large numbers with the promise of dinner and entertainment beforehand.

"I didn't expect so many people to come and watch us at that time," said the Brazilian, who scored from 30 yards to earn his side a 1-1 draw.

"It was like a dream to play in front of so many people considering the time of day.

"It is one of the few goals I have scored from long distance, as I'm not used to scoring them from long range, and I dedicate the goal to all the people that turned up."

Barcelona followed regulations by hosting the match on Wednesday, but decided on the unusual hour in the hope of being able to field their star players before they report for international duty.

Food and a show entitled 'Football for Insomniacs' were laid on in the Nou Camp before the match to help attract fans.

Seville's Jose Antonia Reyes put them ahead with an early penalty but Ronaldinho capped his debut with an equaliser for Barcelona in the 58th minute.





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