Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 to win Champions League
Barcelona overcame resilient Juventus 3-1 thanks to the goals of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar and emerged triumphant at the UEFA Champions League
Berlin: Barcelona overcame resilient Juventus 3-1 thanks to the goals of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar who wrapped up the treble winning season for the "Blaugrana", following the UEFA Champions League final at outsold Berlin Olympia stadium on Saturday.
Both clubs played their eighth European Cup final and both clubs had the chance to complete the season with a treble, Xinhua news agency reported.
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final football match between Juventus and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. AFP PHOTO
Yet, there can be only one winner. In the end "Barca" sealed the deal with two-second half goals after Juventus' Alvaro Morata cancelled out Ivan Raktici's opener from the first half.
With the victory in the final, Luis Enrique completed the treble in his first season in charge.
Barcelona is the first club that has been able to earn three titles in one season twice, after 2009. They snatched overall five European titles, one European Cup title and four UEFA Champions League titles.
The Catalans caught a fairy-tale start in front of 70,500 spectators as Ivan Rakitic broke the deadlock with the first attack with just four minutes into the game.
Neymar passed into the box to Andres Iniesta. The Spain international had all time and space and set up for Ivan Rakitic, who tapped in the opener from ten meters.
Barcelona took over and nearly doubled the lead just nine minutes later but Juventus' veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon denied Lionel Messi with quick reaction of his left hand. Meanwhile, Juventus' offense still failed to gain a foothold into the game by then.
Barcelona continued to control the proceedings on the pitch yet they remained wasteful at their finish. Luis Suarez came close to extend the lead but his long-range effort missed the target just narrowly of the left post with six minutes remaining in the first half.
After the restart the "Blaugrana" continued where they started left off however Juventus stunned the Catalans against the run of the game when Alvaro Morata cancelled out Rakitic' s opener ten minutes into the first half.
Carlos Tevez unleashed a hammer, which was parried into the path of Alvaro Morata, who slotted home the rebound from very close range.
Juventus Turin took over and started to pose threat with promising chances through Morata, Tevez, Pogba and Vidal.
Nevertheless it were Barcelona who fought back and restored their lead at the 68th minute when Luis Suarez poked home a rebound following a Messi shot on target.
Juventus frenetically pressed for the two all draw but Neymar' s 3-1 made the game safe in the dying minuets of the match.
"Such a result is not always fair but we played a good game. We can't blame us," Juventus Turin goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffion said.
"We are very happy. I have got a unique group of players. I never thought we would win the treble but one always tries to do their best job," Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.
After Catalan outfit wrap up Champions League title with 3-1 victory over Juventus in Berlin, we take a look at some moments that were crucial to the outcome of the game
4th min goal
Barcelona take the early advantage thanks to Ivan Rakitic's sidefooted shot from 10 yards out. In a move where every Barcelona player touched the ball before the goal, Lionel Messi's long pass from the centre finds Jordi Alba on the left. Alba passes to Neymar, who slides the ball into the path of an onrushing Andres Iniesta, who passes to Rakitic for the midfielder to score.
Barca's Ivan Rakitic (right) scores past Buffon (in yellow). Pics/AFP, Getty Images
7th min penalty shout
Messi's left-footed pass from the half-way line finds Neymar who tries to cross into the centre from the edge of the box on the left. His chipped ball though hits Stephan Lichtsteiner's hand. He wants a penalty but the referee waves it off.
13th min save
Luis Suarez receives a pass on the right and squares the ball to Dani Alves, whose screamer looks destined to find the top right corner of the net. However, Gianluigi Buffon has other ideas and stops the ball with an acrobatic one-handed save.
16th min yellow card
The Juventus game plan seems to have been shot to pieces. And their nervy start is worsened when Arturo Vidal gets a yellow card for a second clumsy foul, on Sergio Busquets and then Neymar.
23th min close shaves
Alvaro Morata, on the edge of the box, finds the ball after a few quick passes. His left-footed shot curls just away from the left post.
A minute later, Morata dispossess left-back Jordi Alba from behind before passing to Marchisio. The midfielder, from 20 yards out, puts his foot through the ball which misses the crossbar by inches.
39th min close shaves
Suarez has two shots on goal which very nearly find the net. In the first attempt, the Uruguayan cuts in from the right and shoots just wide of the left post. A minute later, he gets another shot at goal which he shoots straight at Buffon, who parries over the bar.
48th min save
Juventus are caught on the backfoot as Barcelona clear a corner before breaking by the numbers. At one point, it is five Barcelona players against three Juventus players. Rakitic passes the ball to Suarez on the left, whose shot is headed towards the bottom left corner before Buffon gets his right hand to it and concedes a corner.
55th min goal
Marchisio's plays a sublime backheel to release Lichtsteiner into the box. The right-back's pass finds Carlos Tevez, who turns and shoots from the penalty spot. While Marc-Andre Ter Stegen saves Tevez's low shot with a dive to his left, but the ball falls into the path of Morata who scores.
Barca's Marc-Andre ter Stegen fails to save Alvaro Morata (right) from scoring
67th min penalty shout
Paul Pogba is brought down in the box by Barcelona right-back Dani Alves just as he is about to shoot from the penalty spot. Alves puts a hand on Pogba's' shoulder, but the referee is not convinced.
68th min goal
Messi goes on a rampaging run on the left before he charges into the box and unleashes a low shot to the right of Buffon's' goal. The custodian does well to keep out the ball but Suarez jumps on the rebound and buries the ball in before any Juventus defenders can react.
Barca's Luis Suarez slots the ball into the unguarded goal
72nd min goal not given
Alba runs into the area from the left before chipping the ball for Neymar. The Brazilian forward's header hits his right elbow before finding the back of the net. The referee rules it out, much to the dejection of Neymar and other Barcelona players.
79th min close shaves
Pogba leaps highest to meet an Andrea Pirlo corner kick. His header, however, goes over.
97th min goal
Pedro pushes the ball inside the Juventus box and it finds Neymar who makes no mistake and blasts a low shot across the goal into the corner.
Barca's Neymar (top corner) shoots past Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon (right)