Barca snatches Champions League from United

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Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Rome, May 28: Manchester United which wanted to create history as European champions was send back home by Barcelona which displayed a spectacular game on Champions League final on Wednesday, May 27

Barcelona deposed Manchester United as European champions with a 2-0 victory forged by a superb display of controlled attacking soccer. Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o struck the opener against the run of play after 10 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico when he cut past Nemanja Vidic with surprising ease and sent a low shot past United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar at his near post.

Lionel Messi of Argentina added the second, sealing Barca's third European Cup win after their victory in 1992 and 2006.

Barca's victory also completed a European and domestic treble for them in an extraordinary first season for coach Pep Guardiola, who ended Alex Ferguson's dreams of making United the first side to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The match between Barca and Man U which was termed as 'a dream final' failed to live up to its expectations as United failed to put out their best.

Man U's manager Alex Ferguson said, "I think the first goal was a killer for us. We had plenty of time, we had some half-chances in the second half but in fairness we were beaten by a better team."

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