FULL-TIME Barcelona 3-1 Man Utd
BARCELONA WIN THE 2011 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
“Rome 2009 revisited. A bright start from Manchester United before being outclassed long before the end by Barcelona. More bitter disappointment for United but there is no shame in defeat against one of the finest club sides the game has seen.”
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Villa, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Oier, Puyol, Bojan, Keita, Afellay, Adriano Correia, Thiago.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
“The Champions League Final everyone was hoping for. Class and quality everywhere. Manchesteer United did well to survive the roughest of rides before and after Pedro scored for Barcelona without sustaining serious damage and now Wayne Rooney’s goal has given them real hope.”
GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Man Utd (Pedro)
To say it’s been coming would be an under-statement, but what a fine goal this is. Xavi is the creator, the Barca skipper’s sublime flicked pass finding Pedro, who side-foots past a helpess Edwin van der Sar 16 yards out. United staring down the barrel, Barcelona buoyant.
GOAL Barcelona 1-1 Man Utd (Rooney)
They can score a cracking equaliser totally against the run of play, that’s what. Fabulous link-up play between Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez, the Mexican’s return pass fired into the top corner of the Barcelona net 16 yards out by the England frontman for a fantastic finish. Game. On.
GOAL Barcelona 2-1 Man Utd (Messi)
It’s his first ever goal on English soil… but the one-man headline-making machine has struck at just the right time for Barcelona. Lionel Messi picks the ball up 25 yards out and is afforded all the time in the world to take a touch and drill home from outside the area. Both the Man Utd defence and Edwin van der Sar might have done better – but Messi is one of those players. Unstoppable.
Approaching the hour mark and we’ve got our first booking of the game – Dani Alves having his name taken for a trip on Patrice Evra. Referee Viktor Kassai has done pretty well tonight.
“Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is prowling his technical area urging his team to go in for the kill. Lionel Messi has made a habit of avoiding Manchester United’s attentions. How long before Sir Alex Ferguson makes a change in an attempt to shift the momentum away from Barcelona?”
GOAL Barcelona 3-1 Man Utd (Villa)
Another superb goal and Manchester United’s ‘mission improbable’ is looking more like ‘mission impossible’ by the minute. Lionel Messi is brilliant on the right, Nani fails to clear properly inside the United box, and David Villa responds by curling Sergio Busquets’s lay-off into the top corner from 20 yards. Pearler.
27′ [1 : 0] Pedro Rodriguez
34′ [1 : 1] Wayne Rooney
54′ [2 : 1] Lionel Andres Messi
69′ [3 : 1] David Villa
60′ Dani Alves
61′ Michael Carrick
79′ L.A. Valencia
85′ Victor Valdes
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