It is incredible to think that, despite playing with 10 men for the vast majority of the Champions League Final, Arsenal had a couple of clear chances to go 2-0 ahead.
Had Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg scored second-half opportunities to add to Sol Campbell's 37th-minute header, then Arsène Wenger's side would surely have lifted the Champions League trophy for the first time. For the Swede, the misses were to be prove crucial.
"Just to get one of those in would have been game over," said Ljungberg afterwards. "That is quite hard for us. Of course they scored two goals and deserved to win but I think we played really, really well with one less on the pitch against Barcelona.
"We were quite tired. It was hard to come back and sprint [after their first goal] because it was a big blow. But before that we thought we controlled it quite well. They had a lot of possession but they did not create anything really, really good."
Like many in the Arsenal camp, Ljungberg was unhappy with the two major incidents in the game. The decision in the 17th minute to send off Jens Lehmann rather than play on and allow Ludovic Giuly's goal to stand then the failure to flag Samuel Eto'o offside when he powered through grab Barca's equaliser.
"The contact [from Jens] we are not disputing at all," said Ljungberg. "But he could have let it go and Giuly would have scored. Then it probably would not have been a sending off and it would have been 11 v 11 still. But that is not up to me.
"What I am disappointed about is the offside goal. When I was on the pitch I accepted it but now afterwards I am told that it was offside. It feels quite hard to be running around one man less against Barca and concede a goal that is offside. But we can't change that now."

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18 May 2006