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Barca top Champions League

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Barcelona's team and staff celebrate with the trophy after a 3-1 win in yesterday's the Champions League final against Juventus in Berlin.

BERLIN (AP):

Barcelona's mighty attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar won the Champions League on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Juventus that showed the beauty of fluent and attacking football after days of scandal that have tarnished the sport.

The Spanish champions dominated the game, but the Italian team played its part by fighting back from a goal down and seeking to match the complex spells woven by Barcelona's talented players. But Juventus could not hang in there when Barca accelerated into an unmatchable rhythm.

Watched by more than 70,000 people in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, Juventus striker Alvaro Morata cancelled out Ivan Rakitic's early opener, Messi set up the vital second for Suarez and Neymar secured Barcelona's fifth European Cup deep into stoppage time with the last kick of the game.

The Messi-Suarez-Neymar axis complete the season with a combined 122 goals - and now European winners' medals to join their league and cup ones.

Three years after Pep Guardiola left Barcelona and after last season ended without a trophy, a treble in Luis Enrique's first season in charge suggests the Catalan giants could be ready for a new period of European dominance.

"A magnificent, spectacular day," Enrique said. "I congratulate my players, a unique group of players, their talent and commitment has been beyond doubt."

With a first Champions League triumph since 2011, Barca have now won European football's top trophy four times in the last decade.

Andres Iniesta has featured in each final and the midfielder is also celebrating his second treble. Iniesta played a deep defensive midfield role in Berlin as the strikers caused havoc in the panicky Juventus defence.