Juventus 1-3 Barcelona

Barcelona won the Champions League Final in Berlin with a 3-1 victory over Juventus. Barcelona looked nervy in the first couple of minutes, with some mistakes at the back, but soon settled and opened the scoring in the fourth minute through Rakitic, who swept the ball into the net after some good work down the left following a switch pass from Messi. Barcelona built on this and continued to threaten, with a fine save from Buffon when he was unsighted and going the wrong way keeping the score to 1-0. Juventus looked to break up Barcelona’s rhythm with a number of fouls and Vidal could probably count himself fortunate to have only received a yellow card following a series of fouls. As the half progressed, Juventus came into the game more and caused a few problems for the Barcelona defence, but were unable to create any clear chances.

The second half started with Barcelona in control and a number of half chances, none of which were taken. There is the old cliche about regretting not taking chances and this proved to be true as Juventus levelled the score within 10 minutes of the start of the second half; a backheel found Lichtsteiner on his first notable run down the right and he centred the ball towards Tevez, who hit a shot on the turn. Tevez’s shot was saved by Ter Stegen, but the rebound fell to Morata who made no mistake. The goal spurred Juventus on and they began to take control of the game and threaten the Barecelona defence. However, 13 minutes later, Messi picked the ball up on the halfway line, ran into the Juventus area and took a shot, which Buffon parried, but only to Suarez who put Barcelona back into the lead. Shortly afterwards, Neymar had a goal disallowed for handball following him heading the ball onto his own hand. With time running out, Juventus started to press more and caused problems with a couple of corners in which Ter Stegen looked very uncomfortable. Barcelona wrapped the game up through Neymar with the final kick of the match; Barcelona cleared a Juventus free kick and Neymar slid the ball past Buffon and into the net.

Barcelona were the better side on the night and deserved to win. The first goal that Juventus conceded was poor defensively, with runners not being picked up, whilst the third was from a counter attack following a free kick in which all the Juventus players went up. For both Morata’s goal and Suarez’s, I would imagine that the keepers would like to have got a better contact and parried the ball to a safer area. It was a good final between two excellent teams, with the better football side winning.

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