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  • Date:28 May 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Wembley Stadium
  • Attendance:87,695
  • Pedro (26) Messi (53) Villa (68)
  • Rooney (33)
Goal!

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92:13 +2.13

Ibrahim Afellay takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

91:27 +1.27

Ibrahim Afellay on for Rodriguez Pedro.

91:11 +1.11

The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Gerard Pique manages to make a clearance.

90:25 +0.25

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

89:47

Rodriguez Pedro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.

89:05

A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra.

87:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gerard Pique by Wayne Rooney. Carles Puyol joins the action as a substitute, replacing da Silva Dani Alves. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.

86:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets by Antonio Valencia. Andres Iniesta takes the direct free kick.

85:10

Seydou Keita joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Villa.

84:52

Victor Valdes goes into the book.

84:34

Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

83:57

Ji-Sung Park gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Villa. Sergio Busquets takes the free kick.

82:23

Paul Scholes challenges Lionel Messi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.

80:08

Hernandez Xavi fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lionel Messi.

78:57

Unfair challenge on Lionel Messi by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Antonio Valencia booked. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

75:57

Paul Scholes replaces Michael Carrick.

70:32

Shot from just outside the area by Wayne Rooney goes over the bar.

68:55

David Villa scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Barcelona 3-1 Man Utd.Sergio Busquets provided the assist for the goal.

68:28

Lionel Messi takes a short corner.

68:03

Luis Nani on for Fabio Da Silva.

66:30

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

65:37

Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

65:22

Hernandez Xavi takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

64:19

A cross is delivered by da Silva Dani Alves.

62:43

Lionel Messi takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

61:27

A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia.

60:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Nemanja Vidic. Booking for Michael Carrick. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

59:07

Da Silva Dani Alves challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Da Silva Dani Alves goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.

58:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Andres Iniesta. Eric Abidal restarts play with the free kick.

56:45

Eric Abidal is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

55:37

Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Lionel Messi. Direct free kick taken by Andres Iniesta.

54:36

Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Victor Valdes.

53:08

Lionel Messi scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barcelona 2-1 Man Utd.

52:02

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi.

51:44

Da Silva Dani Alves takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

50:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on da Silva Dani Alves. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.

48:33

Ji-Sung Park challenges da Silva Dani Alves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.

47:40

Gerard Pique concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

46:59

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi.

46:50

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Michael Carrick gets a block in.

46:26

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.

45:48

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line.

45:34

Javier Mascherano delivers the ball, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

42:58

The ball is swung over by David Villa.

42:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Villa on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

40:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lionel Messi by Antonio Valencia. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

38:22

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

36:12

Shot by Hernandez Xavi from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

35:26

Lionel Messi fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Sergio Busquets takes the direct free kick.

33:08

Wayne Rooney gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Barcelona 1-1 Man Utd.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.

31:54

Unfair challenge on Lionel Messi by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Eric Abidal.

30:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by da Silva Dani Alves. Wayne Rooney takes the free kick.

29:34

Da Silva Dani Alves produces a cross.

28:06

Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets. Andres Iniesta restarts play with the free kick.

26:50

Rodriguez Pedro gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barcelona 1-0 Man Utd.Assist by Hernandez Xavi.

20:43

David Villa takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

20:09

The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.

19:22

David Villa has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

15:07

The ball is delivered by Hernandez Xavi, Effort on goal by Lionel Messi from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

12:25

The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Direct free kick taken by Gerard Pique.

11:14

A cross is delivered by Lionel Messi, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

10:26

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi.

6:51

The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Indirect free kick taken by Victor Valdes.

5:43

The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Victor Valdes.

3:23

Andres Iniesta fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Sergio Busquets restarts play with the free kick.

0:46

The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney, save by Victor Valdes.

Match Preview

Formation:433Manager: Josep Guardiola

Barcelona

Formation: 4411Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Victor Valdes
  • da Silva Dani Alves
  • Javier Mascherano
  • Gerard Pique
  • Eric Abidal
  • Hernandez Xavi
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Andres Iniesta
  • David Villa
  • Lionel Messi
  • Rodriguez Pedro
  • SUBS
  • Olazabal Oier
  • Carles Puyol
  • Krkic Bojan
  • Seydou Keita
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Claro Adriano Correia
  • Alcantara Thiago

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Match Report

Brilliant Barca too good for United For the second time in three years, Barcelona denied Manchester United Champions League glory with a sensational performance in a 3-1 victory at Wembley. Although United could take some small consolation from the knowledge they were more effective than that 2009 letdown in Rome and even managed to level Pedro's first-half strike through Wayne Rooney, once again the better team won. On the ground where the Catalans lifted their first European Cup, Lionel Messi also laid his personal ghost to rest, scoring his first goal for Barcelona on English soil, belting home what proved to be the winner nine minutes into the second half. David Villa curled home an equally splendid third with just over 20 minutes to go to set the seal on Barcelona's fourth Champions League win and end all arguments about their right to be regarded among the truly great teams that have ever played the game. It was a gut-wrenching night for United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who started it by making one of those brave decisions for which he is so renowned. Not even finding a place on the bench for his record signing and top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, was a big call. United could not have made a better start either. Park Ji-sung set the tone, nipping in to whip the ball away from Dani Alves. Just as Jack Wilshere advised, the white shirts got right in Barcelona's faces, pressing them, allowing no room for them to settle. Unlike two years ago, Ferguson's team did not create a clear-cut chance. However, former Red Devil Gerard Pique was very fortunate to get away with a back pass to Victor Valdes, when his goalkeeper was much closer than he realised. With Javier Hernandez closing in, Valdes scrambled the ball away. It was the template United needed to follow. To have done it for the entire 90 minutes would have required additional lung capacity. And once Barcelona got into their stride, they were relentless. For once Ryan Giggs looked every one of those 37 years as Xavi and Andres Iniesta flashed around him, holes appearing everywhere. Pedro prodded wide at the near post. Villa hit exactly the same point in the advertising hoarding with a 20-yard effort that had Edwin van der Sar scrambling. If there was one consolation, other than Nemanja Vidic's colossal performance at the heart of their defence, it was that United had prevented Messi running at them from deep. Unfortunately, he soon started doing it, his close control near-perfect, as was a Vidic lunge to stop the world's best player as he was about to break clean through. It was just a matter of time. Another hole for Xavi to chase into. He looked. He looked again. He rolled the ball to Pedro, who beat Van der Sar with ease. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola sat back, sensing United would not be able to respond. His opposite number urged more from his team, particularly Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador wide man was not at his best. However, it was Rooney who needed a performance on the biggest stage, having failed so miserably at the World Cup. And it was Rooney who delivered at the end of a move which saw the Premier League champions carve Barcelona open with their own game. A quick pass from Fabio to Rooney, to Michael Carrick, to Rooney, to Giggs, to Rooney, into the corner from 15 yards. Simple. Football is never that. Not at this level, and not when Messi is involved. You had to feel sorry for United. Barcelona were back into their rhythm almost immediately after the break, the concentration required to always be in the right place at the right time phenomenal. After more stoic defending, Iniesta rolled a pass to the Argentinian, a worthy heir to Diego Maradona. Offered a couple of yards to dart into, he did exactly that, then beat Van der Sar with a 20-yard shot that required barely any back lift, the veteran Dutchman unable to get down to it. Vidic was on hand to hack away when Van der Sar spilled Messi's next effort, although, playing in his fifth final, the former Ajax man redeemed himself when he brilliantly turned away a Xavi shot that would have ripped away any hope. By introducing Nani for Fabio and pushing Valencia to full-back, the United boss was attempting to push Barcelona towards their own goal. Before the strategy could be applied, Nani committed suicide by gifting the ball to Messi by the touchline. In attempting to atone for his error, the winger made it worse. Sergio Busquets quickly laid the ball off to Villa, who took one touch before curling a sublime shot into the top corner. From that hammer blow, there was no way back.

possession


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