KAMIKAZE BARCA FORTUNATE TO WIN
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Oviedo will be kicking themselves for losing a game that crackled with skill, pace and goals - but was never hampered by defending.
Barca, despite going 3-0 up through a Patrck Kluivert Brace and a Rivaldo goal, always looked likely to throw everything else with football that can only be aptly described as kamikaze.
Going forward the Catalan giants are an irresistible force, with Kluivert and Rivaldo's brilliance and Marc Overmars and Simao's pace capable of causing even the most stalwart defence problems.
But the moment that Viktor Onopko gave his side a glimmer of hope in the 63rd minute with a fine drive from the edge of the area, Barca could not have looked more uncomfortable.
Inevitably Oviedo soon grabbed a second to put the match utterly in the balance, with Ivan Ania brilliantly firing home, but Barca somehow clung onto their narrow advantage for three points.