HEROIC EXPLOITS!!! How Barcelona Trampled On Juventus To Claim 5th European Glory [Details And Photos]

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Following his 151st appearance in the competition, Xavi hoists the European Cup aloft for the fourth time in his unparalleled Barcelona career. Photo: EPA
Following his 151st appearance in the competition, Xavi hoists the European Cup aloft for the fourth time in his unparalleled Barcelona career. Photo: EPA

Barcelona completed a trophy treble in Luis Enrique’s debut season in charge as they beat Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday.

Luis Suarez produced his most crucial contribution of his short career at Camp Nou when he restored Barca’s lead 22 minutes from time to effectively settle the game, after Alvaro Morata had cancelled out Ivan Rakitic’s 4th minute opener.

The unstoppable attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar took their combined tally to a staggering 122 goals this season. Photo: Reuters
The unstoppable Barcelona attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar took their combined tally to a staggering 122 goals this season. Photo: Reuters

A fifth European title looked set to be a more routine ask when Rakitic – the man to perform so capably in replacing the soon-to-depart Xavi this term – opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a trademark Barcelona goal, which saw nine of their 10 outfield players touch the ball.

Lionel Messi beams after another virtuoso performance in a Champions League final put Barca on course for a richly-deserved victory. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Lionel Messi beams after another virtuoso performance in a Champions League final put Barcelona on course for a richly-deserved victory. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

However, while Barca enjoyed the better of the first half from there – threatening a Juve back line short of Giorgio Chiellini through injury – former Real Madrid man Morata struck early in the second period.

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Having scored twice in the two-legged semi-final against his former club, Morata was afforded a simple finish after Marc-Andre ter Stegen had saved an initial effort from Carlos Tevez.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen lies helpless after parrying Carlos Tevez's shot into the path of Alvaro Morata, who prepares to pounce. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Marc-Andre ter Stegen lies helpless after parrying Carlos Tevez’s shot into the path of Alvaro Morata, who prepares to pounce. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Suarez was the only Barca man not involved in Rakitic’s opener, but the Uruguayan provided the crucial touch in his side’s second, as he replicated Morata’s finish when Lionel Messi’s effort was spilled by Gianluigi Buffon.

Neymar had a header disallowed, via a handball, as Barca sought to put the game out of sight late on.

But it proved inconsequential in the end, as the Brazilian added a third with the last touch of the match to ensure that Luis Enrique’s side repeated the treble-winning achievement of Pep Guardiola’s Barca in his debut season of 2008-09.

Gerard Pique, himself a three-time winner of the competition, lifts the famous trophy in front of his jubilant team-mates. Photo: Getty Images
Gerard Pique, himself a three-time winner of the competition, lifts the famous trophy in front of his jubilant team-mates. Photo: Getty Images

The victory also provided Xavi with a successful send-off to his career with the Catalan giants before he joins Qatari club Al Saad.

The ticker tape rains down in Berlin as Barcelona celebrate their fifth European crown after a magnificent performance against Juventus. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The ticker tape rains down in Berlin as Barcelona celebrate their fifth European crown after a magnificent performance against Juventus. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

European success continues to elude Juve, meanwhile, with the Serie A side coming up short in their attempt to win the continent’s most prized trophy for the first time since 1996 and their own treble bid.

 

Barcelona form a guard of honour for Juventus as Arturo Vidal somehow manages to find a smile after disappointing end to the season. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona form a guard of honour for Juventus as Arturo Vidal somehow manages to find a smile after disappointing end to the season. Photo:EPA

 

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