Goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar helped Barcelona comfortably defeat Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 Uefa Champions League Final in Berlin on Saturday. The Spaniards took the lead in the fourth minute when the Juve defence was caught napping and Rikitic was the man who handed the La Liga champions a 1-0 lead. From that point onwards the Italians found themselves on the back foot as their defences were put under pressure by Luis Enrique’s men.
They came close with chances from Lionel Messi and Suarez but Gianluigi Buffon stepped up time after time to keep his side in this contest as they headed into the half-time break with a slender 1-0 lead. In the second stanza despite the momentum firmly in favour of the 2011 champions, Massimiliano Allegri’s charges were giving as good as they were getting. Ten minutes after the break they finally were able to to break down the Barca defence when the Spaniard Álvaro Morata pounced on the rebound from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s stop to draw level.
However, 13 minutes later Messi launched an attack and went for goal but his shot was palmed away by Buffon, only to find Suarez who found the back of the net to make it 2-1. Messi and company thought they had their third four minutes later but the goal was disallowed as Neymar was adjudged to have handled the ball into the back of the net. However the Brazilian forward got his goal in the final minutes of stoppage time to seal their fifth Champions League title with a 3-1 victory.