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Barcelona see off Juventus to claim fifth title

Published: Saturday 6 June 2015, 22.45CET
Juventus 1-3 FC Barcelona
A thrilling final was eventually won by Barcelona, second-half goals from Luis Suárez and Neymar giving them the trophy for the fifth time.
by Andrew Haslam
from Olympiastadion

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Match statistics

JuventusBarcelona

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)39
 
61
Total attempts14
 
18
on target6
 
8
off target6
 
10
blocked2
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
6
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed24
 
12
Fouls suffered10
 
23
Passes343
 
570
completed286
 
505

Standings

 
Published: Saturday 6 June 2015, 22.45CET

Barcelona see off Juventus to claim fifth title

Juventus 1-3 FC Barcelona
A thrilling final was eventually won by Barcelona, second-half goals from Luis Suárez and Neymar giving them the trophy for the fifth time.

Barcelona win fifth European title with victory against Juventus in Berlin
Ivan Rakitić rounds off wonderful passing move to give Barça early lead (4)
Álvaro Morata taps in to level after slick Juve move (55)
Luis Suárez restores Barcelona advantage (68); Neymar scores added-time third
Juve become first side to lose six European Cup finals

FC Barcelona have been crowned European champions for the fifth time – and the fourth in the past ten years – after seeing off a determined Juventus challenge in Berlin.

In an unusually open start to a final, Juve might have scored themselves before Barça did, Ivan Rakitić rounding off a slick passing move in the fourth minute. For a while the roof looked set to fall in on Juve, Gianluigi Buffon producing a sensational stop to deny Daniel Alves – yet the Italian champions are nothing if not obdurate and drew level ten minutes into the second half through Álvaro Morata. Now it was Barcelona under pressure, but Luis Suárez restored their advantage and, with Juve throwing everything forward, Neymar blasted in a third with the final kick of the game.

The final began at breakneck speed and both teams might have scored twice inside the first ten minutes. First, Paul Pogba failed to connect with a header and then Arturo Vidal fired over after sterling work down the Juve right from Morata. By then, however, the Bianconeri were behind, undone by a typical Barcelona move.

Lionel Messi's crossfield pass to Jordi Alba wrongfooted the Juve defence and, though it looked like the chance had gone when Neymar's touch carried him away from goal, the Brazilian turned and found Andrés Iniesta. A touch into the path of Rakitić and Barcelona were ahead, Iniesta the first player to provide assists in three UEFA Champions League finals and Barcelona notching their 29th goal in this season's competition – just the fourth not scored by Messi, Suárez or Neymar.

It could quickly have got worse for Juve, Neymar shooting just too high, and soon after it took an astounding reaction stop from Gianluigi Buffon to keep it at 1-0. The 37-year-old looked to have been sent the wrong way by Daniel Alves' shot, yet stuck out a left hand to parry – a stop that drew gasps and applause from both ends of the crowd when it was replayed on the big screen – and then got a touch of fortune as Messi's follow-up header landed on the roof of his net rather than dropping under the crossbar.

Rakitić's clever low corner found Alba for a shot that flew over, before Juve finally got a foothold in the game. Pogba, an increasingly prominent presence as the half wore on, would have picked out Morata but for a crucial Javier Mascherano interception, while Morata curled an effort past the post as Juve pressed high.

Barça, however, were equally adept at pressuring the Juventus defence and came within centimetres of extending their lead before half-time as Suárez's shot flicked the outside of Buffon's post. The goalkeeper then pushed an effort from the Uruguay striker over the crossbar to ensure there was only a goal between the sides at the break.

Four minutes after the interval, Buffon came to Juve's rescue again, after Barcelona had broken at lightning speed. Rakitić slid in Suárez, but Buffon stood tall and blocked at the near post. Suárez and Messi fired just too high as Barça threatened to take command – yet instead the next goal came from the team in black and white.

Claudio Marchisio was the architect, his clever back heel playing in Stephan Lichtsteiner. The right-back's cross allowed Carlos Tévez to turn Gerard Piqué and, though Marc-André ter Stegen blocked the shot, the ball fell for Morata, who made no mistake.

Now Barcelona were rocking, Tévez shooting just too high and Pogba straight at Ter Stegen as Juve looked to make their momentum count. Once again, however, the pendulum swung back to their opponents; in the 68th minute, Messi picked up the ball and worked space to unleash a shot that Buffon could only parry; Suárez did the rest.

Neymar also had an effort chalked off for handball before Piqué just cleared the bar with a fierce effort after turning well as Barcelona sought a clinching third. Their failure to find it meant the door remained ajar for Juve, Roberto Pereyra losing his footing at the crucial moment before Marchisio's effort was turned behind by Ter Stegen.

With Juve piling forward, Barcelona found openings on the counter and finally clinched the title with the final kick of the evening. Substitute Pedro Rodríguez unselfishly played in Neymar, and the unerring finish meant the celebrations could begin in earnest.

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The Barcelona match pennant ahead of the final against Juventus

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An impressive opening ceremony took place on the pitch before the game kicked off

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Ivan Rakitić wheels away in celebration after his early goal

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique passes on instructions to Javier Mascherano

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo cuts a rueful figure during the game

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Álvaro Morata celebrates after levelling for Juve

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Luis Suárez puts Barcelona back in front

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Luis Suárez celebrates his goal with Neymar (left)

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Neymar celebrates his late, late goal in Berlin

Last updated: 27/08/15 15.02CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

barcelona

Barcelona

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
Yellow Card41
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Goal4
Substitution90+1
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Goal55
Substitution85
5
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
10
TévezCarlos Tévez
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution78
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
Goal68
Yellow Card70
Substitution90+6
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
10
MessiLionel Messi
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal90+7
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Yellow Card11
Substitution79
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
33
EvraPatrice Evra
Substitution89
22
Dani AlvesDani Alves

Substitutes

30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
5
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution78
11
ComanKingsley Coman
Substitution89
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution90+6
14
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution85
12
RafinhaRafinha
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
15
BartraMarc Bartra
27
SturaroStefano Sturaro
21
AdrianoAdriano
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
Substitution79
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Substitution90+1

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution