Barcelona crush Juventus to win fifth Champions League

  • 7 June 2015
Barcelona's Neymar da Silva Santos Junior holds the trophy as Barcelona's players celebrate the win against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Final Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Neymar holds the trophy with Barcelona teammates as they celebrate the victory against Juventus

Barcelona smashed Juventus 3-1 at the Champions League Final in Berlin on Saturday, taking the trophy for the third time in six years.

In a thriller of a final Luis Enrique's side overpowered Juventus with an attacking force that was just too much for the Italian side.

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Image caption Barcelona's Rakitic celebrates with teammates after his first goal against Juventus

Goals

Ivan Rakitic's left-footer past Juve keeper, off the back of a series of great Barce passes Gigi Buffon, put them ahead in the fourth minutes of play.

Juventus weren't going without a fight though, and Alvaro Morata grabbed an equaliser before the hour was up.

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Image caption How many goals? Suarez enjoys the moment after scoring the second goal for Barcelona

But it wasn't enough as Luis Suarez demonstrated Barcelona's epic strike power with a powerful second goal in the 68th minute.

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Image caption Neymar's final kick of the game buries Juventus

Brazil superstar Neymar sealed the deal for Barca with the final kick of the game, calling the showdown "the biggest match of his life".

Goodbye Xavi

And for 35-year-old Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, it was time to say goodbye - his last game in a dazzling career with the team as he moves to Al Sadd in Qatar.

Xavi has made over 750 appearances for Barca since his debut for the side as a midfielder back in 1998.

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Image caption Xavi is handed the captain's armband as a 78th minute substitute for Andres Iniesta

He was handed the captain's armband by teammate Andres Iniesta and was the lifted into the air with the trophy by the team.

The celebration was the perfect end to a perfect final for Barcelona in Berlin - they are now treble champions having won their two big competitions at home; La Liga, and the Copa del Rey.

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Image caption A big night for Barca and big night for 'super striker' Suarez

"It's incredible, a dream, something unique," Suarez told reporters. "To win these competitions you have to suffer, if not it's not worth it, and today we had to suffer to win the match."

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