Xavi Hernandez, reportedly playing his last game with Barcelona, was led to the podium by UEFA President, Michel Platini, where the Frenchman handed the departing legend the trophy to hold aloft and then share with his teammates. Suarez, not known for taking things lightly, managed to get in a strong foul in retaliation but the ref had finally caught on to that dynamic and he gave the Barca player a quick yellow to cool tempers down.
The teams made no bones about their strategies with the vaunted Spanish teams offensive trident going all out on offense, backed-up by Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic, with only Sergio Busquets as the lone midfielder charged with containing the Italians. Lionel Messi was not allowed much roaming room and yet managed to dazzle nearly at will while Neymar, Suarez, Claudio Marchisio and Carlos Tevez all took their turns on pretty plays. Barcelonas goals came curtesy of Ivan Rakitic (4), Luis Suarez (68) and Neymar (97) while Alvaro Morata (55) discounted for Juventus. Said Suarez, Its incredible, something unique. He is also the record holder with 151 Champions League appearances. Juventus put Chilean Arturo Vidal as the main midfield wrecking ball and he made contact with every creative player on the Spanish team before getting his yellow. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, roaming the pitch consoling his troops, said: “I am proud of this team and what they have accomplished and how they have fought all year long.”
The match was an even affair despite the 67% to 33% possession differential to Barca. Juventus played an inspired game, led by Gianluigi Buffon, who kept the Italians in the game time and again with spectacular saves. In fact it was probably the most evenly played Champions League final in recent memory. .
Notwithstanding the tactics the top players in the world put on a show and made this a final to enjoy. Similarly, as if making up for the missing Giorgio Chiellini, central defender, Leonardo Bonucci, nearly knocked Suarez out of the game on five different occassions before earning his one yellow. On one occasion diving to his right only to stick his left arm out to just make contact with the ball which Dani Alvess shot had sent straight at goal from inside the box and in the opposite directionto Buffons left.
Saturday, in Berlin, Germany, Spanish Footballs Copa del Rey and La Liga champions, FC Barcelona, defeated Italian Footballs Italian Cup and Serie A winners, Juventus, 3-1 in the Champions League 2015 final. We have gone from game to game and achieved all of our objectives.
Alves and Adriano indulged in a head to head shout-out and Neymar and Suarez seemed to be leading the partying on the pitch. The midfield maestro leaves his beloved Cules having led them to eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies, four Champions League titles, and two each for FIFA Club World Cups and UEFA Super Cups. In the end it was the better team, with the outsized stars, who prevailed.
On the right side of defense, facing Neymar, was Swiss defender, Stefan Lichtsteiner, who managed to knock the Brazilian silly while also fouling anyone else coming down his wing, without once being called for a yellow
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