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Barcelona lift cup as finalists switch focus

Both teams will go into Saturday's final looking to complete trebles after FC Barcelona claimed victory in the Copa del Rey, while Juventus signed off for Berlin with a draw.

Weekend review: 30-31 May ©AFP

FC Barcelona and Juventus will lock horns in Berlin on Saturday both looking to complete memorable trebles after the Spanish champions claimed victory in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Juve clinched their own double earlier this month, and they ended their domestic duties for the season with a frustrating draw. 

Athletic Club 1-3 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi was at his magical best as Barcelona added the Copa del Rey to the Liga title they won a fortnight ago. The Argentinian forward put the Catalan club ahead on their own ground with a sensational strike on 20 minutes, dancing his way past four Athletic players before squeezing a shot inside the near post.

Not content with that contribution, Messi then played a one-two with Ivan Rakitić, allowing the Croatia midfielder to feed Luis Suárez, who served up Neymar for Barça's second. And, with 74 minutes gone, the diminutive No10 turned in from a Daniel Alves pass, before Iñaki Williams buried a consolation for Athletic.

The game was Xavi Hernández's last at the Camp Nou, but the veteran midfielder was more concerned with highlighting the quality of Messi's opener. "[It was] scandalous, awesome," he explained. "I think it's one of the best goals he's ever scored." Team-mate Javier Mascherano could only concur: "Goals are measured by the importance of the match and by the opponent. Leo worked his magic and that moved things in our favour."

Hellas Verona FC 2-2 Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri's men will travel to Berlin after ending their Serie A campaign with a draw following Juanito's added-time equaliser on Saturday. Allegri fielded a strong lineup and his charges looked well set to take all three points after twice taking the lead, initially via a superb curling effort from Roberto Pereyra close to half-time.

Juventus twice took the lead on Saturday
Juventus twice took the lead on Saturday©Getty Images

Luca Toni was the first to frustrate the champions as he levelled shortly after the break, moving onto 22 league goals this term to finish joint top scorer at the age of 38. Juve soon restored their advantage, however, with Simone Padoin pulling the ball back for Fernando Llorente to tap in, and Juve could have put the game beyond doubt as Carlos Tévez stepped up to take an 88th-minute penalty.

Instead, his effort was saved and the Bianconeri lost Simone Pepe to a late red card, before Juanito had the final say. "From Monday, we begin the countdown to Berlin," said Allegri afterwards. "Nobody expected Juventus to reach the final and this doesn't happen often in life, so we must do our best to bring it home."

Final: Juventus v Barcelona, 6 June

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