Champions League Final 2011 History repeats itself

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Pedro for Barcelona and Rooney for United have made the score 1-1

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Messi nearly gave Barcelona the lead again just before half time but couldn’t make the most of David Villa’s cross.

The second half was dominated by Barcelona and they should have taken the lead on 52 minutes when Daniel Alves shot was parried by Edwin Van Der Sar.

Lionel Messi was the first to the rebound and must’ve thought he had scored but Patrice Evra got back onto the line to head the ball away.

Messi did get his goal shortly after though. The Argentinian got the ball outside the box and was allowed too much space by United.

He shifted the ball onto his left foot and struck a low shot past Van Der Sar. The big Dutchman will be disappointed he let the shot past him but Barcelona were in front again and now United had it all to do.

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Barcelona were keeping the ball from United and looking like scoring every time they went forward. Messi, Xavi and Iniesta all tested Van Der Sar and it was only a matter of time before they scored their third goal.

David Villa put the game beyond Man Utd on 69 minutes with a delightful curling shot into the top corner.

Barcelona were so superior in their passing and movement in attack they were able to keep the ball moving until a decent shooting chance emerged.

That opportunity fell to Villa after he was given the ball twenty yards from goal after Barcelona had played it back and forth around the area.

He made no mistake with his finish and put Barcelona 3-1 up and on their way to a fourth European crown.

Sir Alex Ferguson sent on Nani and Paul Scholes in an attempt to find a way back into the game but it was all in vain as Barcelona comfortably held on until the final whistle.

Barcelona had proved beyond any doubt that they were the best football team in the world. They had 63% of possession in the match and had 19 shots at goal compared to United’s four.

Champions League final 2011
Pedro breaks the deadlock
History repeats itself
More classic matches