Barcelona were topped kings of Europe for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a very good Champions League remaining on the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their incredible season with a treble of titles.
Goals from Ivan Rakitic within the fourth minute, Luis Suarez within the 68th and Brazilian Neymar on the end of stoppage time sealed the Catalans’ second treble, following their feat in 2009, after they also gained the La Liga title and Spanish King’s Cup.
It used to be a triumph for Barcelona train Luis Enrique, the club’s former Spain world midfielder, in his massively impressive first season in cost at the Nou Camp.
“It’s unbelievable, a dream, one thing unique,” a delighted Suarez informed Spanish television. “To win these competitions you need to endure, if now not it’s not worth it, and as of late we needed to suffer to win the fit.”
It was once the Italians’ who had the bitter taste, although, as Juve, who changed into the primary group within the history of the competition to lose six finals in total, having additionally now been defeated of their closing four.
“We believed we had a chance of pulling off this nice feat however we didn’t handle it and the very best team won,” said Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. “In football that doesn’t at all times occur but this time that was once the case.”
Barca overcame a APPREHENSIVE BEGIN when a elegant combination, wherein all 10 outfield gamers touched the ball, ultimately noticed Neymar feed captain Andres Iniesta, who picked out Rakitic to score the fourth fastest purpose in a european Cup final.
Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who gained the arena Cup in Berlin’s Olympic stadium in 2006 with Italy, denied Barcelona a 2nd goal in the Thirteenth minute with an outstanding one-passed retailer to maintain out a Dani Alves shot.
The 38-12 months-old stopper once more got here to the rescue three minutes after the restart and Juve then grabbed an equalizer towards the run of play thru former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Then Again, Juve’s pleasure used to be quick-lived as Lionel Messi had an effort that Buffon could simplest parry to Suarez who adopted up with an almost equivalent intention to the Italians’.
Neymar then had a intention disallowed after his header bounced off his personal outstretched hand to deceive the diving Buffon, so much to the ahead’s frustration.
Juventus, the 2nd oldest workforce in a european last with an ordinary age of just over 30, fought bravely but ran out of steam as Neymar scored with the closing kick in stoppage time.
That goal took the tally for Barca’s Latin American trio of Argentine Messi, Uruguayan Suarez and Brazilian Neymar, identified in Spain as ‘MSN’, to a stunning 122 this time period in all competitions.
It used to be also Xavi’s last recreation for the Catalan club whereas fellow midfielder Iniesta was the primary Barca participant to function in four finals as he equaled Clarence Seedorf’s record of getting performed on the winning facet 4 times.
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