STUTTGART - Unsettled Brazilian Ronaldinho returned to scoring form in Europe with a goal in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League win over VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday.
With top spot in Group E already wrapped up, Barcelona had little to play for against the German side who were rooted to the bottom of the table.
But that did not stop Frank Rijkaard's men from putting on a show in their final group game at a comparatively poorly attended Nou Camp, with Samuel Eto'o bagging his first goal since his return from injury.
The Catalans were just warming up when they were stunned after just three minutes when Antonio stepped up to beat Barca keeper Albert Jorquera with a sumptuous free kick from just outside the area.
That spurred Rijkaard's side into action and in the 36th minute the Nou Camp was rejoicing when Barcelona pulled level.
Ronaldinho, the target of Barca fans' anger in recent weeks, won possession in midfield and turned inside to unleash a shot which clipped his teammate Giovani Dos Santos and gave Raphael Schafer little chance.
Barcelona took full command of the game shortly before the hour mark, with Eto'o scoring his first goal for the club since his recent return from injury, which he suffered in August, after being put through by Xavi Hernandez.
Ten minutes later Ronaldinho put the match virtually beyond Stuttgart's reach when he beat Schafer with a close-range tap-in following Sylvinho's low cross across the face of goal.
Eto'o, playing only his third match of the season, said his biggest thrill was to feel that he is regaining full fitness.
"It's nice to score, but it's not the most important for me. The crucial thing for me is getting back to full fitness after being out so long," said the Cameroonian striker. - Sapa-AFP