Barcelona Confirms the fifth UEFA Champions League title in Berlin at the expense of Juventus

Barcelona Confirms the fifth UEFA Champions League title in the city of Berlin in Germany at the expense of the Italian Champions Juventus who were making their eight final appearance in search of their third European title.Google+

Barcelona UEFA Champions League 2015The venue was the famed Olympiastadion in the city of Berlin the capital city of Germany, the event was the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final and the competitors were the 2014/15 Italian champions Juventus and the 2014/15 Spanish champions Barcelona.

In recent years Juventus have been unstoppable in Italy having won the Serie A league title on four consecutive occasions, however, during this period Juventus have not done as well in Europe having reached the knockout stages only once in 2012/13 before succumbing 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Bayern Munich.

In the 2013/14 season the Italian champions could not so much as scrape the last sixteen (16) place as they finished 3rd behind group winners and eventual champions Real Madrid and second placed Galatasaray.

Meanwhile Barcelona are undoubtedly the European kingpins of the recent years; they have been widely tipped the win the champions league every season since defeating Manchester United 3-1 in the final played at Wembley Stadium in London on May 28, 211.

Arguably at times the strength of Barcelona over-estimated particularly in the face of the ascending Bayern Munich who struggled to win titles during the same period but played with devastating ruthlessness which culminated in three (3) UEFA Champions League final appearances.

Never-the-less, Barcelona remained an important force in Europe and an outfit that may never counted out as the championship contender.

The resurgence of Atletico Madrid in Spain seem to threaten to throw the cat among the pigeons, however, it proved more problematic for Real Madrid than for Barcelona.

As if Lionel Messi was not enough Barcelona signed Luis Suárez and Neymar; already deadly going forward they have become the most feared force in all of Europe.

Going into the final no one thought of Juventus, it was Barcelona all the way with the names of Messi, Neymar and Suárez at the center of the argument – with good reason – it has been reported that the trio scored over 120 combined goals this season alone.

In the match it was Ivan Rakitić who opened the scoring in the 4th minute, even as Barcelona advance Juventus tried their best to hold them off and initiate their own moves and at the conclusion of the first half it was solitary goal that separated the sides.

In the 55th minute Álvaro Morata, who was a key figure in the fall of Real Madrid in the semi-final, gave Juventus a glimmer of hope when he equalized.

Even with the score level it always seemed as if it was only going to be a matter of time before Barcelona scores again and in the 68th minute Lionel Messi shot from the edge of the box Gianluigi Buffon blocked and spilled only for Luis Suárez to finish off.

Neymar almost put it beyond doubt but his goal was disallowed after it touched his hand before finding its way to the net – this was followed by waves of attacks from both side with Barcelona seeming just stronger than Juventus.

Neymar was not done, in the dying seconds of stoppage time he struck and added his name on a score sheet.

At the conclusion of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League Barcelona secured the fifth European title, the fourth in nine (9) years while Juventus lost in the final for the sixth (6th) time.

Final score: Juventus 1 (Álvaro Morata 55′) – Barcelona 3 (Ivan Rakitić 04′, Luis Suárez 68′ and Neymar 90+7′).

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