Barça reign supreme

May 27, 2009

“Barcelona stunned holders Manchester United to win their third UEFA Champions League crown with a 2-0 victory in Rome on Wednesday. Goals from star forwards Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi gave the Catalans a deserved victory and denied United from becoming the first team to retain the title since the European Cup became the Champions League in 1993.” (FIFA)

Latest Photos (FIFA)

Barcelona Style Triumphs Over Manchester United (NYT)
“Patience, flair and beauty dominated over force Wednesday night as Barcelona defeated Manchester United, 2-0, to win the Champions League, Europe’s most prestigious club soccer tournament, before 72,000 fans at Olympic Stadium.”

Barcelona 2-0 Man Utd (BBC)
“Manchester United’s attempt to make history and become the first club to defend the Champions League ended in failure against Barcelona in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of repeating last year’s triumph against Chelsea barely got off the ground as they ended well beaten by a Barcelona side inspired by the genius of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.”

Messi seals emphatic win (ESPN)
“Manchester United discovered what it is like to lose a European Cup final as brilliant Barcelona ruled Rome on Wednesday, securing a comfortable 2-0 win. If there is any consolation in failure to become the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era, it is that they lost to a side as fluent and brilliant to watch as they are.”

Messi mindful not to let final moment pass (uefa)
“For most players who reach a UEFA Champions League final, it is a moment which blends joy with tension, ambition with nerves, but for Lionel Messi a whole different range of emotions is almost certain to come into play.”

Guardiola scripts dream end to debut season (uefa)
“His first season in charge could scarcely have gone better but Josep Guardiola is determined to finish it on the biggest possible high by guiding FC Barcelona to victory in the UEFA Champions League final.”

Champions League photos (BBC)