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Euro Matchday: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Whether you are watching at home with, um, an illness, gathering at a watering hole with fellow futbol supporters or staring at your computer screen while pretending to work, I invite all fans to follow the running play-by-play here on the Insider and share your comments as the match unfolds.

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FINAL: Barcelona 2, Manchester United 0. Barca is European champion for the third time after a classy, comprehensive victory. Las Ramblas will rock tonight.

Added Time: Rodriguez for Iniesta.

85th: Van der Sar thwarts Puyol deep in box.

83rd: Man U has little to offer. Barring a catastrophic collapse by Barca, the title is theirs.

80th: Iniesta tests van der Sar. Scholes yellow card for brutally late tackle in midfield.

78th: Ronaldo, increasingly frustrated, gets yellow for knocking down Puyol.

74th: Off free kick, Puyol solid header from eight yards at van der Sar. Scholes on for Man U.

72nd: Valdes blocks Giggs deep in box!

72nd: Keita for Henry.

70th: Barcelona GOAL! Unmarked Messi six-yard header off Xavi's cross. 2-0, Barca.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi heads the ball past Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar as defender Rio Ferdinand looks on at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. (Max Rossi -- Reuters)


Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the second goal for Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United. (Jasper Juinen -- Getty Images)

68th: Another bad ball by Carrick. Who's been worse: Vidic or Carrick?

67th: Ronaldo mild elbow to Puyol's head on aerial challenge.

66th: Berbatov for Park.

63rd: Pique disrupts Rooney's bid in box.

61st: Man U opportunity, but from top of box, Carrick pushes ball too hard for Rooney. Barca goal kick.

58th: Ronaldo narrowly offside twice.

56th: Man U springs to life: Two players nearly get a touch on dangerous cross.

53rd: Xavi 19-yard free kick off the right post!

52nd: Iniesta draws foul just outside the box -- hmmm.

50th: Messi down in the box on Eto'o pass, play continues -- rightfully so.

50th: Vibrant pace to start the half. Who will break through?

48th: Van der Sar leg save on Henry's bid, capping a smooth run and clever footwork on the left side.

46th: Tevez on for Man U, Anderson off.

HALFTIME: A promising opening nine minutes from Man U.....and then everything changes. Barca scores against the run of play and then dictates terms with superior possession and individual skill. 1-0, Barcelona.

45th: Messi dances into the left side of the box, angled service bobbled by van der Sar but cleared.

38th: Ferdinand's awkward heel clearance prevents Henry from claiming possession deep in the box.

35th-36th: A pair of Barcelona corner kicks -- the first no danger, the second a threat.

Reminder: Barcelona is coming to America this summer to play friendlies against the Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 1 and the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field on Aug. 5. A third game is in the works. Last I heard, Miami was the favorite.

32nd: Match slowing, no threats.

27th: Xavi 25-yard free kick on left, goes for near upper corner, just off target.

19th: Messi from 22 yards on the right, a rocket that streaks just over the bar.

17th: Giggs 22-yard free kick over the crossbar.

10th MINUTE: Barcelona GOL! Eto'o badly beats Vidic, turning him inside out on the right side of the box, stabs shot past van der Sar to the near post. Just like that, after a shaky start by the Catalan club, the match turns. 1-0, Barca.


Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o is congratulated by teammates Andres Iniesta, center, and Gerard Pique after scoring the first goal in the Champions League final against Manchester United. (Tony Gentile -- Reuters)

9th MINUTE: Ronaldo's angled shot from 15 yards wide right. Probably should've done better with it. All Man U at the moment.

7th MINUTE: Ronaldo from great distance, narrowly wide of right post.

2nd MINUTE: Ronaldo nearly breaks the ice with a skipping, 30-yard free kick that Valdes blocks and fumbles before the ball is cleared.

PREGAME: So how do you think that Roman alcohol ban went today? ;-)

BARCELONA LINEUP: 1 Víctor Valdes, 3 Gerard Pique, 5 Carles Puyol, 6 Xavi Hernandez, 8 Andres Iniesta, 9 Samuel Eto'o, 10 Lionel Messi, 14 Thierry Henry, 16 Sylvinho, 24 Yaya Toure, 28 Sergio Busquets. Subs: 13 Jose Pinto, 2 Martín Caceres, 7 Eidur Gudjohnsen, 11 Bojan Krkic, 15 Seydou Keita, 27 Pedro Rodriguez, 46 Marc Muniesa.

MU LINEUP: 1 Edwin van der Sar; 3 Patrice Evra, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo, 8 Anderson, 10 Wayne Rooney, 11 Ryan Giggs, 13 Ji-Sung Park, 15 Nemanja Vidic, 16 Michael Carrick, 22 John O'Shea. Subs: 29 Tomasz Kuszczak, 9 Dimitar Berbatov, 17 Nani, 18 Paul Scholes, 21 Rafael, 23 Jonny Evans, 32 Carlos Tevez.

The match officials are, of course, Swiss.

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2009; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Euro Champions League  
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Comments

This is going to be the most nervy, aggravating 3 hours (or more). Arrrgggghhh!


Come on United!!

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 27, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Fergie is matching up Barca's midfield with a strong mid. Well played, Fergie.

Posted by: hardcoco | May 27, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Anderson ... nooooooooooooo!

Ugh.

Posted by: writered21 | May 27, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer a Barca win, but I think United will be too much for their ailing defense. 2-1, Ronaldo and Giggs with an Eto'o consolation.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 27, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I have 20 minutes to leave work, miss the bs espn pre-match, and jump into the match. Come on United!!!

Posted by: hardcoco | May 27, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting note from the BBC:

1900: You want a potential omen? Sir Alex Ferguson's horse, Last Three Minutes, won the 5.15pm at Lingfield Park at odds of 5-2. Last Three Minutes... what can that refer to?

Posted by: Kev29 | May 27, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Don't hate on Anderson, he has played well during the CL tourney. I'm more concerned with Giggs due to his age. Otherwise, I love the line-up for MANU.

Posted by: hardcoco | May 27, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Last Three Minutes? That's how long Man U gets to score a winning goal after the end of the announced stoppage time, if necessary.

Posted by: dccal | May 27, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm rooting for Barca but picking Man U. Hope it's a fantastic game!

Posted by: the_slammer | May 27, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The match officials are, of course, Swiss.


Massimo Bussaca?

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 27, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be having a late and long lunch.

Posted by: sitruc | May 27, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to a four Guinness dentist appointment

Posted by: Kev29 | May 27, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing like a 4-5-1 formation by ManU to keep the ball from reaching the front 3 of Barcelona.

Manu will win the midfield. Barca with their short passes will control the ball, but they will have a hard time making the final pass.

i can already see this as a repeat of Chelsea-Barcelona semi final game. It is going to be a defensive game.

Posted by: gmail | May 27, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a good link to watching the game?

Posted by: DCSPORTS | May 27, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Macheda is not even on the bench. He should have just to make azurros proud.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 27, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

dcsports, try justin.tv

Posted by: KG118 | May 27, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Man Utd to score 3

Vidic
Rooney
Carrick

Barca 1

Eto'o

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to a four Guinness dentist appointment

Posted by: Kev29 | May 27, 2009 2:20 PM
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Well in, Kev.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 27, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Predicting a Man U victory but hoping Barcelona pulls it off. What I really want to see if Messi is the real deal or not. You can NOT be the best player in the world if you can't score against English teams.

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

no offense to the Euro's but this whole notion of kids coming out with the players thing is getting old already - jeesh

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

WOW that was close

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

OMG - FC Barcelona up 1-0... after Man U banging away, what a sweet move in the box by Barcelona

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Oh...watch out for JkR's predictions....

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what type of Ball they keep talking about? Is it the one from the World Cup?

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. I'm less productive today than on the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 27, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what type of Ball they keep talking about? Is it the one from the World Cup?

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It's the latest generation of the adidas ball.
http://www.worldsoccershop.com/departments-balls-premium-match-soccer-balls-adidas-ucl-finale-rome-soccer-ball.html

LilRyan is up from her nap and chanting "Go Guys" at the tv...:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is Puyol doing playing up so high? Here's hoping it doesn't come back to burn him later...

Posted by: Juan-John | May 27, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

My gawd, Barca dominates space, either creating it or gobbling it up as needed.


Brilliant field IQ's from that bunch.

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me Fergie may give his players the blowdryer treatment in the locker room...

Posted by: Juan-John | May 27, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Tevez the one player who can change the focus of the match. Park is mostly useless. Hmmm, what to do, what to do....

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for Link DadRyan

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The last three minutes...

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

surprised possession is only 54 percent for Barca...seemed like they almost never lost it after the ten minute mark.

I'm watching it on-line, but how great is it to see Shaka Hislop in the studio? Saw him play for Howard in -- what? -- 1989?

By the way, there is not a single car on the road here in Lisbon. absolutely everyone is in front of a TV. (I'd be in a bar, but I'm on kid duty having spent my afternoon at soccer matches).

Posted by: troy6 | May 27, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Juan-John,

Puyol is at right back, in Alves's usual spot. He's playing it like Alves normally does (maybe a tad less aggressively than Alves, actually). It does make me a little nervous having him up with Rooney over there, but Barca's best chance is to keep the ball upfield and away from the shaky backline.

Posted by: Mongoose714 | May 27, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

ESPN needs to add something other than a British voice on its halftime team.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 27, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

ESPN needs to add something other than a British voice on its halftime team.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 27, 2009 3:44 PM |

Eh? I took out my earphones, and thought it was fine.... :)

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

van der saar shouldn't have been beaten near post in the first half, but he made up for it in that denial of henry.

Posted by: troy6 | May 27, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Bad call...

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Berbatov for Rooney? Scholes for Park?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 27, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

So Messi isn't any good in the air ay?
Barcelona up 2-0

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Bad, dumb clearance attempt by Evra dooms ManU.

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Messi used every inch of his little frame to get that header in. Good Goal!

Posted by: Stevida | May 27, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The reason CR is better than Messi is because Messi is no threat in the air.


Wait, what?

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I just knew this wouldn't be our day.


Congratulations to Barcelona. Deserved champions.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 27, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Very strong triangle of Barca players in the center! Messi is TOP!

Posted by: DCNL | May 27, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

so was that card for not allowing Puyols to tackle him?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 27, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

damn. not man u's day.

Posted by: KG118 | May 27, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The Red Devils are really showing themselves as proud representative of English football...

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Real lack of midfield by MU. Barca's MF not great tacklers, they just consume space and close down the ball and passing lanes like no team I can recall.

Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Scholes had no positive impact on the match.

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The match officials are, of course, Swiss.


Massimo Bussaca?

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 27, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse


Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The country's formal name is Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft in German, Confédération suisse in French, Confederazione Svizzera in Italian and Confederaziun svizra in Romansh.

Posted by: malatestiano | May 27, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Zapatero looks like...well, like Sarkozy described him.

Well done Barca!

Posted by: troy6 | May 27, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The deed is done.

Now, Thierry Henry can make his plans to come stateside.

Do I have to be the one? "These are the Champions".....

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

When do you think we'll see Ronaldo's tears start to fall?


Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Better team won today. Glad they came back to tie that Chelsea match a few weeks back.

Sorry, RedDevil and BlackandRedRedDevil...

The cool thing about Messi's goal was how hard he had to work NOT to head the ball. It was a matter of taking pace off the cross so he could dip it over van der Sar. Impressive technique; not a whole lot of players who could pull that off.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 27, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

@joedoc -- Actually, that was the "fade-away header" that FSC's Soccer Report declared, earlier this week, as being "in vogue" now

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

10 minutes of good play from United, the rest was all Barca. They deserve to be champions.

BTW, if Scholes played for a South American team, he would have got a red card for that foul on Bousquets.

Posted by: JPHT | May 27, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Silly me!

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 27, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth did Sir Alex start Park and Giggs and not Berbatov and Tevez? The coach has to bear a lot of the blame.

Posted by: sofiaboy | May 27, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Almost makes one wonder if there was a "fix" on by Man U or something. They consistently gave the ball away...

Posted by: Juan-John | May 27, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@malatestiano

I should've been more clear, I was asking if it was Massimo who was officiating; who did an excellent job as always.

I hate Barcelona but they deserved this, congratulations to them. Their will be no argument from me who is the best player in the world, it's Messi.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 27, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

A fix?
What's next? Blaming the new ball?
:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Good luck logging on to Barcelona's Web site. I think it's crashed. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | May 27, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

It was the white shirts curse.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 27, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

A fix?
What's next? Blaming the new ball?
:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

United sacrificed itself for the good of the game, and to keep Platini off from changing the rules of the game. ;-)

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 27, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

@sofiaboy -Berbatov, in particular, and tevez were pants. Men against boys tonight, as Patrice Evra once said.

Posted by: qprmeteor | May 27, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@DCUnitedFootball - at least Fergie can't blame the shirts this time round. Unlike at Southampton, all those years ago!

Posted by: qprmeteor | May 27, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Confederation Helvetique CH

Posted by: MitchTooMuch | May 27, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

This was a shocker.

I actually started rooting for Man U to score, just to make it exciting. They didn't play well today, because their midfield stinks.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 27, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Anderson ... nooooooooooooo!

Ugh.

Posted by: writered21 | May 27, 2009 2:05 PM |

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I agree. The game may have been lost before it was even begun. What Fergie sees in him, I don't know. I get that he's a gifted athlete, but he doesn't deliver in games. It takes something more -- something Anderson doesn't have.

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I sometimes wonder if a guy like Anderson, or Beckerman would be better players without so much stupid hair. No real offense to any faking jamaicans, or weave-sters, but what's the point of wearing lightweight footwear when you make yourself top heavy with such Un-sporty locks?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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