Champions League - Final
Juventus1Barcelona3

Juventus 1-3 Barcelona

Barcelona celebrate
Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2011
  • Barcelona crowned European champions for fifth time
  • Luis Enrique's side complete treble
  • Xavi ends Barcelona career with victory
  • Juventus lose sixth European final

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.

In a thrilling spectacle, and with both Barcelona and Juventus attempting to claim a treble after winning domestic league and cup competitions, it was Luis Enrique's side that eventually came out on top.

Barcelona started as if they would romp to a comfortable victory when Ivan Rakitic capped the sort of passing move that has become their symbol to put them ahead inside five minutes.

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.

Redemption time arrived for Suarez, the player who ended last summer's World Cup in disgrace after biting Italy's Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, in the 68th minute when he showed a predator's touch to pounce after Buffon failed to hold Lionel Messi's shot.

Juventus could not mount another recovery and Brazil superstar Neymar wrapped up the win in what he described as the biggest match of his life with the final kick of the game.

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For all Barcelona's brilliance, built around Neymar, Messi and Suarez, Juventus ran them every inch of a compelling encounter and were left with a hard luck story to tell as they were convinced they should have had a penalty when Paul Pogba tangled with Dani Alves seconds before Suarez scored.

In the end, however, Barcelona simply had that extra touch of fantasy that places them above the rest of Europe and Enrique's side can put their names alongside those who brought the giant trophy back to Catalonia as they claimed their fifth triumph in the tournament.

As well as Suarez's happier storyline, there were other sub-plots too as Neymar made up for his own World Cup heartbreak last summer, when he was injured before their 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-final.

And for 35-year-old Barcelona legend Xavi, he was able to say farewell after a glittering career with another Champions League win before a move to Al Sadd in Qatar. It was the perfect ending as Andres Iniesta handed him the armband.

Sixth time unlucky
Juventus become the first team to lose six European Cup/Champions League finals. They have won two.

This was a wonderful antidote to the sour taste left after a week of corruption allegations levelled at Fifa, the world game's governing body.

Barcelona's opening goal could be offered up as an example of everything the club's approach to the game is based on - and actually came after two early moments that hinted at vulnerability at the back as Juventus pressed.

Nine outfield players were involved but the decisive contributions came when Neymar played in Iniesta, who picked a perfect pass in a packed penalty box for Rakitic to beat Buffon.

Buffon has rightly assumed legendary status at Juventus and proved he is still among the elite bracket of goalkeepers as Barcelona pressed for a second, showing superb reflexes to deny Alves after originally being wrong-footed.

Juventus were left with little option other than to cling on and hope to fashion a rare opportunity and they lifted the spirits of their huge banks of supporters as Morata and Claudio Marchisio threatened with efforts that were narrowly off target.

It was impossible, however, to keep Barcelona at bay with Suarez facing a cluster of Juventus defenders in retreat before shooting inches wide then forcing a fine save from Buffon.

The pattern continued after the restart with Buffon again the man to thwart Suarez low at his near post before a thrilling interchange between Neymar, Suarez and Messi ended with the Argentine wastefully shooting high and wide.

Those missed chances came at a price, an expensive one, as Juventus broke the shackles to draw level after 55 minutes.

For all the appreciation heaped upon Barcelona's artists, it was a brilliant piece of initiative from Juventus that created the goal. Marchisio's backheel released Stephan Lichtsteiner and when Marc-Andre Ter Stegen could only turn away Carlos Tevez's shot, Morata was on hand to slide in the finish.

Suddenly, the momentum was all with Juventus but they were left nursing a sense of injustice after a minute of action that saw the final swing back in Barcelona's favour.

Juventus appealed in vain for a penalty after Pogba was wrestled to the ground by Alves but Barcelona broke away and when Buffon failed to hold Messi's shot, Suarez was in position to drill high into the net before a joyous celebration.

Neymar thought he had added a third but saw his effort ruled out because he headed the ball on to his own arm before it evaded the grasp of the diving Buffon.

He found solace in the dying seconds when another Barcelona counter ended with an emphatic finish past Buffon.

Ivan Rakitic celebrates his goal with Neymar
Ivan Rakitic's opening goal was Barcelona's fastest in a European final
Alvaro Morata (centre) celebrates his goal with Andrea Barzagli and Stephan Lichtsteiner
Alvaro Morata became only the second player to score in both legs of a Champions League semi-final and the final
Neymar (right) celebrates his goal
Neymar joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the top scorer in the Champions League this season with his 10th goal
Barca celebrate
Barca will next season bid to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions Leagues

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 33EvraSubstituted forComanat 89'minutes
  • 8Marchisio
  • 21Pirlo
  • 23VidalBooked at 11minsSubstituted forPereyraat 79'minutes
  • 6PogbaBooked at 41mins
  • 10Tévez
  • 9MorataSubstituted forLlorenteat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ogbonna
  • 11Coman
  • 14Llorente
  • 20Padoin
  • 27Sturaro
  • 30Storari
  • 37Pereyra

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forMathieuat 90+1'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forXaviat 78'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezBooked at 70minsSubstituted forPedroat 90+6'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Bravo
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
70,442

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home24
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 1, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Barcelona 3.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 1, Barcelona 3. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro.

Hand ball by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Claudio Marchisio.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

Attempt saved. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Llorente with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.

Attempt saved. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Kingsley Coman replaces Patrice Evra because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Patrice Evra (Juventus) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luis Suárez (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Fernando Llorente replaces Álvaro Morata.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Patrice Evra (Juventus).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Roberto Pereyra replaces Arturo Vidal.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Ivan Rakitic.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid64111431113
2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid66001621418
2Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludo Razgd6114514-94

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco632141311
2Bayer Levkn631274310
3Zenit St P621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bor Dortmd64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Mun65011641215
2Man City62229818
3Roma6123814-65
4CSKA6123613-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona65011551015
2Paris St G6411107313
3Ajax6123810-25
4Apoel Nic6015112-111

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64201731414
2Schalke6222914-58
3Sporting6213121207
4NK Maribor6033413-93

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakt Donsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Bor6105224-223
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