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Zidane on target for Euro final

Zidane: Cool finish under pressure
Zidane: Cool finish under pressure  


BARCELONA, Spain (CNN) -- Zinedine Zidane silenced 90,000 Barcelona fans to help give Real Madrid a huge advantage in the Champions League semifinal.

The French captain scored the first in a 2-0 first leg win at Barca's Nou Camp on Tuesday night in a match played with tremendous pace and passion.

Zidane beat the offside trap 10 minutes into the second half and lobbed the ball home. Substitute Steve McManaman, likely to miss out on a place in England's World Cup squad, chipped the second in the final minute.

It was the first time the two teams had met in Europe's top club competition since 1960 and Real now hold the upper hand with home advantage at next week's second leg.

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The winners play Manchester United or Bayer Leverkusen for the European Cup in Glasgow next month.

Real are now clear favourites. For all the Barca fans' noise and intimidation -- Real keeper Cesar had coins thrown at him in the first half -- the visitors held firm.

Barca, struggling in fifth place in the Spanish league, had most of the possession and chances, but the closest they came was when Luis Enrique's header hit the bar in the first half.

The same player should have equalised moments after Zidane struck but put another header wide.

Few football matches around the world provoke as much passion as Barca, the spirit of Catalonia, against Real, "the team of the establishment" founded 100 years ago with royal patronage.

History is on Real's side. They have won the European Cup eight times including 1998 and 2000. They also won the first five tournaments from 1956. Barcelona have the one success, in 1992.





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