Champions League 2015 Final – Barcelona 3-1 Juventus
And here come the new European champions. Taking over from last champions Real Madrid … Barcelona! Barcelona claimed their third Champions League in six years as the brilliance of their attacking trident proved too much for the brave challenge of Juventus in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
Barcelona came in pursuit of what Gerard Piqué called “perfection” and, once again, they left the distinct sense this is the team that takes football to its highest levels. Lionel Messi and his exquisitely gifted team-mates put on a masterclass at times.
Juventus, always a danger after ending notions of an “El Clasico” final by beating Real Madrid in the last four, showed fierce resilience and with veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon defiant, held on for Alvaro Morata to scramble an equaliser before the hour.
Rakitic, Suarez and Neymar wrote their names into Barcelona’s history. Meanwhile, Morata was the only one who has given a score for Juventus on last night match.
Check out all goals from Champions League that take Barcelona as the winner of Champions League 2015 :
So much for that fast Juve start! Jordi Alba is sent skittering down the left. He slips it inside for Neymar, in a little space on the left-hand corner of the Juve box. Neymar flicks further inside for Iniesta, who slides the ball across to Rakitic, on the penalty spot. Juve have been pulled to pieces, and Rakitic sidefoots into the net! What a lovely goal!
Tremendous move, made by Marchisio’s backheel to diddle Alba on the right then sent in a cross just behind Tevez who turned just in the nick and stretch his leg to the extent of his hip-flexor limits to rifle a shot low at Ter Stegen from 12 yards. The keeper dropped to his left to save but couldn’t smother it and served it straight to Morata to drive into an open goal.
What a big decision the non-penalty call looks now! Messi runs with great determination down the inside-left channel. From the edge of the box, he unleashes a low rasper towards the bottom right. Buffon gets down to save brilliantly, but the ball only breaks into the middle for Suarez, who batters a sidefoot into the unguarded net!
And with the last kick of the game Neymar arrows an arcing shot past a hopelessly outnumbered but classily courageous Buffon. The keeper had taken the free-kick and then had to race back as Barca beat him with quick interchanges from Messi to Pedro to Neymar on the left of the box and he lashed home the proverbial cherry on the cake.
An impressively absorbing match, then, with Barcelona deserved winners for their greater ability to move the opposition around and exploit the space.
Well, commiserations to Juventus, and congratulations to Barcelona as the Champions League 2015.