Champions League

Juventus 1-3 Barcelona

By Phil McNultyChief football writer in Berlin
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.


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



Formation 4-3-1-2

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 6Hernández
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Bravo
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Correia Claro
  • 24Mathieu
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Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus 1, Barcelona 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Barcelona 3.

  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.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Claudio Marchisio.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Ivan Rakitic.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 6th June 2015

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid64111431113
4Malmö FF6105415-113


1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17


2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27


1B Dortmund64111441013


1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75


4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111


4NK Maribor6033413-93


1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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