How Barca’s 3-1 Victory Over Juventus Secured Its 5th Champion’s League

How Barca’s 3-1 Victory Over Juventus Secured Its 5th Champion’s League

Barcelona are champions of Europe for the 5th time after Saturday night’s 3-1 win over Juventus. Yesterday’s victory gave Barcelona their fourth champion’s league title in nine years.

In a pulsating game in Berlin, the Blaugrana became the first team in history to secure a second treble, after adding the European Cup to their La Liga and Copa del Rey triumphs.

Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring in just the fourth minute, firing home after a magnificent move involving all 10 outfield players.

Former Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata threatened to spoil the Blaugrana party in Berlin’s Olympiastadion early in the second half when he levelled the scores.

But after Luis Suarez had handed Barca the lead it was left to Neymar to add the 97th minute coup de grâce, when he drilled past Gianluigi Buffon to secure the result against a spirited Juve side.

However, an inspired flick from Claudio Marchisio which aas latched on to by Stephan Lichtsteiner, and his low cross found Carlos Tevez could not hold the Barca side down. It was a sumptuous turn to find a yard from Gerard Pique, and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen could only spill the shot into the path of Alvaro Morata, who scored yet another vital Champions League goal for the Old Lady.

Then came Messi’s telling intervention. A super, marauding run through the middle, a decent strike, and Gianluigi Buffon could only parry into the path of Luis Suarez for a simple tap-in.

Neymar finished at the death from Pedro’s assist, as the Catalan side broke forward.

Despite the big names taking the plaudits, Sergio Busquets caught our man James Whaling’s eye in Berlin. But who was your man of the match?

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