Barcelona beat Manchester United in Champions League final

Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 this evening in the Champions League final in Rome. The Catalan side completely outplayed the Premier League champions with Andreas Iniesta and Xavi making a show of United's midfield.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side started well with Cristiano Ronaldo going close early on with a free-kick before placing a left foot shot just inches wide of Victor Valdes right post. But it was Barcelona who took the lead on ten minutes through Samuel Eto'o.

The Cameroon striker was picked out with a pinpoint pass from Iniesta before easily turning Nemanja Vidic and beating Edwin van der Sar at his near post. From that point on Barcelona dominated the game starving United of possession and defending brilliantly with former Red Devil Gerard Pique a rock at centre-back.

Lionel Messi made it 2-0 midway through the second half when he ghosted between Rio Ferdinand and John O'Shea to head home a perfect cross from man of the match Xavi.

United ended the game with Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov and Ronaldo on the pitch, but ultimately it was the English champions inability to create from midfield, with Michael Carrick in particular looking well out of his depth, which left them unable to land any killer punches.

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