Barça beats Juventus for Champions League crownJune 8, 2015
Saturday night saw FC Barcelona take the Champions League crown for the fourth time inside a decade in a convincing win against Juventus in Berlin. The result means Barça is the first team in Spanish football to win the treble for a second time, taking the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles in a single season just like they did under Pep Guardiola in 2008.
Perhaps what is even more remarkable is that seven players were part of both treble-winning squads; Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Piqué, Alves, Busquets and Pedro and ironically is that just a few short months ago there were calls for coach Luis Enrique to be sacked.
The match started out as you might have expected, with both teams eager to score the opener and some sloppy play in the Barcelona defence. But things looked like they would go the right way for the Catalans when Rakitic put Barça ahead just 3 minutes in. Barcelona dominated possession for the remainder of the first half but there were few real chances and the match result still wide open.
The second half saw the Italian Champions equalise thanks to a goal by Morata, while Barcelona kept on the pressure. The Italians saw their call for a penalty rejected, after Pogba was brought down in the area, and the immediate aftermatch saw Messi take the ball forward and shoot at the Juventus goal. Although his shot was deflected by Buffon, Suarez was on hand to finish the job and to put Barça back in the lead. It looked as though Neymar had scored Barcelona’s third, only to have the goal disallowed and replays appeared to show him heading the ball onto his shoulder.
As the match drew into the closing minutes the heat was taking its toll on players and at the 90 minute mark five minutes injury time were added on. Neymar made up for his disallowed goal before the final whistle when he again put the ball into the Juventus net and enjoyed the moment with a massive celebration.
On top of winning the treble, the match also marked the last appearance of Xavi for FC Barcelona and so was a fitting way to end his career at the club. Sunday saw the team bus parading through the city and ending at the Nou Camp where thousands of supporters were able to show their support and appreciation for the players. After celebrating well into the night each player was introduced to the crowd as David Bowie’s Heroes accompanied each player’s entrance to the stadium and there can be few clear heads among the team this morning.
0-1 Rakitic (min 3)
1-1 Morata (min 53)
1-2 Suárez (min 66)
1-3 Neymar (min 95)