Barcelona cruises to another ti­tle

Span­ish team wins the Cham­pi­ons League for the fifth time.

Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP -

BER­LIN — Barcelona won the Cham­pi­ons League on Satur­day with a 3-1 vic­tory over Ju­ven­tus.

Watched by more than 70,000 peo­ple in Ber­lin’s Olympic Sta­dium, Ju­ven­tus striker Al­varo Mo­rata tied the score, 1-1, af­ter Ivan Rakitic scored early for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi set up Luis Suarez’s goal and Ney­mar scored in stop­page time with the last kick of the game, help­ing Barcelona win its fifth Euro­pean Cup.

Messi, Suarez and Ney­mar com­bined for 122 goals this sea­son.

“A magnificent, spec­tac­u­lar day,” Coach Luis Enrique said. “I con­grat­u­late my play­ers, a unique group of play­ers, their ta­lent and com­mit­ment has been be­yond doubt.”

With its first Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle since 2011, Barcelona has won Euro­pean soc­cer’s top tro­phy four times in the last decade.

Few will be en­joy­ing the vic­tory more than Suarez.

Barcelona ac­quired Suarez from Liver­pool for a re­ported $110 mil­lion even though the Uruguay striker had been handed a four­month ban by FIFA for bit­ing an op­po­nent at the World Cup. He scored Barcelona’s sec­ond goal, in the 68th minute, af­ter Messi’s shot was palmed away by goalie Gian­luigi Buf­fon.

“When you come to a team like Barca, you know that you have come to win,” Suarez said.

Just like Suarez, Ney­mar has col­lected the top prize in club soc­cer for the first time af­ter two years at Barcelona.

Ney­mar had a goal dis­al­lowed for hand­ball but, with the game go­ing into a sev­enth minute of stop­page time, the Brazil striker found space to score.

Ju­ven­tus set a record by be­com­ing the first team to lose six fi­nals.

Ina Fass­ben­der Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency

IVAN RAKITIC, left, runs with Barcelona team­mate Ney­mar af­ter scor­ing a goal against Ju­ven­tus.

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