Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in Champions League final

1000Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in Champions League final Barcelona won their fifth European Cup title with a 3-1 win over Juventus at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

An early goal from Ivan Rakitic put the La Liga winners ahead after a typical, flowing Barcelona move before an Alvaro Morata goal early in the second half levelled the game. The Spanish side were just too good in the end though, a Luis Suarez goal 20 minutes from time sealing the win, followed by Neymar putting the cherry on top with a third goal in the final minute.
Xavi, in his final appearance for Barcelona, started on the bench as the Catalan giants lined up in their predictable formation – Messi, Neymar and Suarez leading the line. Juventus made just one change from their semi-final, Andrea Barzagli replacing the injured Giorgio Chiellini.
Much of the pre-match build-up centred around whether or not the absence of Chiellini would disrupt the impressive Juventus defence, and the muddled defending for Rakitic’s goal seemed to provide an early answer.
In a move which saw every single outfield player touch the ball, the Spanish champions cut through the Juventus back line as if it wasn’t there, eventually delivering the ball to Rakitic to fire home from eight yards out.
Forced to chase the game, the Italian champions began to edge forwards, and found the Barcelona defence in an unusually sloppy mood – although it wasn’t until the second half that they managed to capitalise through Morata.

The equaliser came after good pressing from Juventus, winning the ball back inside the Barcelona half before Claudio Marchisio’s neat backheel set them forward. Carlos Tevez’s initial shot was saved by Ter Stegen, but Morata was on hand to bury the rebound and set up an enthralling second half of the match.

Suarez had other ideas though – restoring his side’s lead with about 25 minutes to go. Messi flew forward through the Juventus defence and saw his shot saved by Buffon, but the rebound fell to the feet of Suarez who poked the ball home with ease.

The game’s most contentious moment came a couple of minutes later, when it looked at though Neymar had put the game beyond doubt, heading past the helpless Buffon, but the goal was disallowed when the goal-line official pointed out that the Brazilian had headed the ball onto his hand, the ball flying into the goal from there.

The Barcelona players argued in vain that the handball was accidental, but the referee refused to hear their pleas.

With time running down and the match as good as over, another Barcelona counter was finished by Neymar to round off the win in style.

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