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UEFA Champions League

  • May 28, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 87695

Live Commentary

  • Make sure you take in all of the very best post-match coverage from, but for now that's all from me, Kris Voakes. I'm off to watch Barcelona lift the Champions League trophy once more. Commiserations to Manchester United. Congratulations to Pep Guardiola's men.
  • The Barcelona fans are bowing to the official man of the match Lionel Messi, but who were your top and flop? Click on the Report and Player Ratings links above now to catch the full recap and get your chance to vote on the best and worst at Wembley tonight.
  • That was a fair old display from the Catalans, who continued to play football their way even after Rooney's equaliser. Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa have given them a second European title in three years, and a third in six attempts.
  • 90' + 3'
    Afellay's first involvement is to collect a Messi pass and attempt a shot, but his compatriot Van der Sar gets down well.
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionPedro Ibrahim Afellay
  • 90' + 2'
    Second minute of three, and United are on the attack. Afellay will replace Pedro for the final moments as their visitors wait to take a throw-in.
  • 90' + 1'
    We're into stoppage time, and Iniesta was looking for a memorable fourth as he broke into the United half and attempted a lob over Van der Sar, who backpedalled to collect safely.
  • 90'
    United are having all of the possession at the minute but Barca are sitting deep and allowing them to see out the game pretty much. This is not the English side's night.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionDaniel Alves Carles Puyol
  • 88'
    Puyol gets a chance to see out the game. He's on for Dani Alves, who has worked the flank as well as ever tonight.
  • 87'
    Sir Alex Ferguson looks anxious in his seat in the United dugout. He nearly lost one of his players there as Valencia, who was booked only a few minutes ago, went in late on Busquets.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionDavid Villa Seydou Keita
  • 86'
    Barca make a change. On comes Keita for Villa.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Víctor Valdés
  • 85'
    Nani does well to beat one man on a good run, but drags a shot just wide. Valdes is then booked for taking his time with the resulting goal-kick.
  • 83'
    Valdes races out to meet Hernandez after good work by Giggs. United are running out of time now.
  • 81'
    Barca happy to keep the ball moving now. They know most of the work is done here.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Antonio Valencia
  • 79'
    PENALTY? NOT GIVEN. Giggs chips the ball up in the area, and it hits Villa's arm. To be fair to the Spaniard, it was at close range and his arm was by his side.
  • 78'
    Coaches always find it satisfying when both their strikers score, so imagine how Pep Guardiola feels right now. Three strikers, one goal each, champagne on ice.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionMichael Carrick Paul Scholes
  • 77'
    Off comes Carrick, to be replaced by Scholes. He's had some great times at Wembley in his 36 years, but he'll need to produce quite a performance to inspire another great one tonight.
  • 75'
    Mehryar, on #watchwithgoal, is just about where the rest of us are on this game I think: "Incredible ! Speechless"
  • 73'
    Rooney goes forward before going to ground under Mascherano's challenge. The England striker wants a free-kick, but he won't be given one.
  • 71'
    Rooney almost hits back immediately, but his shot is just over the bar. United have 20 minutes left to rescue something, but Barca only look like adding more. They've been extraordinarily good for the most part.
  • 70'
    Assist Busquets
  • 70'
    Goal David Villa
  • 69'
    SubstitutionFabio Da Silva Nani
  • 69'
    The first change of the night comes as a result of a knock for Fabio, and it's Nani who takes his place. Barca pick up the play once more, and.... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! Messi beats four with a magnificent run from the right, but when the ball runs loose Busquets does well to protect it before passing for Villa, who curls it magnificently into the top corner. BARCELONA 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
  • 68'
    Another corner, this time won by Villa after a wonderful passing move.
  • 67'
    The corner is part cleared, but from the cut back it's Iniesta who has a pop from 30 yards but it's straight into the grateful arms of Van der Sar.
  • 66'
    XAVI!!! VAN DER SAR IS EQUAL TO IT!!! The midfielder fires a great shots from distance, but the keeper does well to push it away for a corner. United still in it... just about.
  • 65'
    Carrick to the rescue!! Dani Alves charges in on goal, then plays a short cutback for Messi, whose flick towards Pedro is cleared by the United midfielder in the nick of time.
  • 63'
    OOOOOHHH!!! Messi almost doubles his tally. He skips through a challenge and makes his way into the left channel before unleashing a left-foot shot which Van der Sar saves with his legs.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Michael Carrick
  • 61'
    United look to build with Giggs on the left but he's beaten by Alves. Carrick then commits an extremely late and fairly high challenge on Iniesta to earn him a stone wall yellow card.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Daniel Alves
  • 59'
    Viktor Kassai has a strong word with Antonio Valencia, who commits yet another foul. Must be four or five at least so far. Dani Alves will pick up the first yellow card though, as he arrives late on Evra.
  • 57'
    That keeps up the record of United having conceded at least twice every time they've worn this white shirt. If they don't hit back they'll want to burn the things at full-time.
  • 56'
    Well, they say Barca don't shoot from distance enough, but Messi has done so there and put his side deservedly in front. United must hit back again.
  • 54'
    Goal Messi
  • 54'
    Assist Iniesta
  • 54'
    GGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIONEL MESSI DOES IT AGAIN!!!! The little No.10 picks up a short pass, carries at a few yards forward and unleashes from 20 yards, leaving Van der Sar sprawling with an absolute belter. The magician scores his 12th goal of the Champions League season. BARCELONA 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
  • 52'
    Messi goes on a great run from the right, but his attempted pass for Pedro is cut out by Fabio. When Barca get forward again Van der Sar has to make a smart save from Dani Alves before Messi's shot is blocked for a corner.
  • 50'
    The two sides are just coming to terms with the pace again after the break. It feels ready to burst again at any moment.
  • 48'
    Xavi's delightful ball over the top looking for Pique is well headed clear by Vidic, who was being pushed too. Free-kick United.
  • 47'
    United forced to scramble early on. One corner just about cleared, here comes another.
  • 46'
    And we're back. Barca get us playing again. Who will come out on top? The signs are good for the Spaniards early on as Mascherano is allowed to run 60 yards to the bye-line and forces a corner from Vidic.
  • United are back out... we're just waiting on Barca now. In the meantime, some stats from OptaJose on the first half: Shots:Bar 10-2 ManU, On target 3-1, Fouls 2-5, Pass: 368-129, % scsfl 91%-75%, Dribbles 15-5 Possess: 70%-30%
  • George Ankers is loving proceedings so far, telling us on twitter (#watchwithgoal): "Half-time. Such a good game in the way that not many finals are these days."
  • Rojo H. Barney has picked out his star of the first half on #watchwithgoal: "Credit to the referee so far"
  • Marwaan Collins has tweeted to #watchwithgoal: "ooooof what a half football great game good comeback united."
  • Well, United will be delighted with 1-1 at the break after being outplayed since the first 10 minutes. It looked like a repeat of 2009 might happen when Pedro turned Barca's possession into an opening goal, but it took only seven minutes for Rooney to equalise for the English champs. Stay with us through the break as we look at some of the tweets you've sent with the hashtag #watchwithgoal.
  • 45'
    This has been a pretty breathless half so far. Magnificent stuff. United attempting to consolidate possession at the back right now. They've been under the cosh for long spells. AND THAT'S HALF-TIME.
  • 43'
    OOOOOHHH!!!! Barca close again. Messi does wonderfully to hold off two before feeding Villa, and when the ball comes back in from the former Valencia man Messi just can't quite reach it as it beats everyone and runs across the face of goal.
  • 42'
    OOOOOHHH!! Xavi, Busquets and Pedro attempt a wonderful little free-kick routine, but the second pass was just too heavy for the Barcelona goalscorer.
  • 41'
    Rooney goes on a run across the field in the centre circle and loses possession to Messi. As Barca build, United scramble back to thwart the initial 4v4 counter, but then it takes a foul by Valencia to stop Messi, and the Spanish champs have a free-kick around 30 yards from goal.
  • 39'
    It's Barca-ball again until Carrick gets a tackle in on Xavi. They win it back though, and Iniesta hits a fizzer that Van der Sar has to push down before collecting.
  • 37'
    Barca try to get back on their feet, but when they attack Xavi tries a shot from 20 yards which clears the bar with Van der Sar watching it closely.
  • 35'
    The big question mark over that goal was Giggs' position when he blocked the Rooney pass with his hip. His right foot appeared to be in advance of the last defender. Offside? The officials thought not, and it's 1-1.
  • 34'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 34'
    Assist Ryan Giggs
  • 34'
    GGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UNITED ARE LEVEL, AND IT'S WAYNE ROONEY WHO HAS SCORED!!!! It was all about Rooney, that goal. He took the ball from the right, played a one-two with Giggs, and then fired high across goal to beat Valdes and level the scores. BARCELONA 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
  • 32'
    Rooney's free-kick is long and Pique heads clear. Barca mop up the loose ball and once again take control.
  • 31'
    Dani Alves wastes a good position on the right by shooting well wide of the near post and soon after he concedes a free-kick by pushing Evra to the ground. Can United work something from this position?
  • 29'
    United must keep their cool now. They've seen so little of the ball for the last 15 minutes and Barca will be happy enough to just keep doing what they're doing. A great pass by Xavi, and a good finish by Pedro. It's his fifth goal in the competition this season.
  • 27'
    Assist Xavi
  • 27'
    Goal Pedro
  • 27'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A COOL FINISH BY PEDRO!!!!!! Xavi drew three men in the centre as Barca were given space on the ball, and then delivered a perfect pass to Pedro. The striker simply took his time, drew his man and sent Van der Sar the wrong way, finishing at the near post. BARCELONA 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
  • 26'
    United finally back on the attack, but Park's early cross looking for Giggs is cut out by Pique and Barca are back on the ball.
  • 24'
    Barca once more retaining possession, but when United win it back Rooney does a good job of holding on to relieve some pressure. Having said that he then loses possession and Ferdinand has to bail him out by closing off Messi as he slips in the box.
  • 22'
    Vidic yet again has to be on his toes as Messi makes a run into the box on the right. The United captain does superbly to steal the ball away from the Argentine.
  • 21'
    Hernandez is offside again, meaning there is no let-up for the English champions. Barca get back on the attack and again it's Villa on the right who has a shot, attempting to strike across Van der Sar but the 40-year-old keeper gets down to it well.
  • 20'
    OOOOOOOOOOHH!!!! Another nice Barca moves finishes with David Villa gaining a sight of goal. This time he has a pop, but it ends just wide of the near post.
  • 19'
    United attempt to hit Park early but it's too long. They're relying on the counter at the moment as Barca are beginning to take control.
  • 18'
    Magnificent Messi!!! He beats four or five men with great dribbling skill before looking for Pedro, who's cut off by Vidic.
  • 17'
    Lovely football again from Barca, but Messi's final ball is just too long for Pedro.
  • 16'
    Great possession for the Catalans, but when Villa gets into a shooting position on the right he tries to cut it back for Messi, and when the ball comes back in the little No.10 shoots wide of the near post. One can't help but think that Villa would have had a crack at that six months ago.
  • 14'
    Barca playing Barca-ball at the moment, but then Messi doesn't quite read the pass played into the channel and Van der Sar has time to collect.
  • 13'
    Brian Katz on twitter (#watchwithgoal) is happy with the Red Devils' start: Glad to see my team came to play - #manunited looking terrific but they have to keep this up for 90 and that will be nard
  • 12'
    From the corner Pedro tries to claim a penalty against Evra for handball, but referee Kassai says there's nothing much ado.
  • 11'
    OOOOOH!! That was nearly a right royal error as Pique overhit a backpass to the advancing Valdes and the keeper did well to react quickly and boot the ball clear. But Barca immediately respond, and Ferdinand is forced to concede a corner when Villa gets on the end of a 1-2 with Messi in the left channel.
  • 9'
    It's a fast start from United, just like in 2009, and Valdes has to race to the edge of his area to avoid Rooney getting in on goal from Van der Sar's long clearance. Evra and Park fail to work an opportunity from the throw-in though, and Barca can breathe easily once more.
  • 7'
    Carrick chips forward to Hernandez in the middle, but as he shoots just over the bar the flag is up once more.
  • 6'
    Park makes a superb challenge to dispossess Messi in the centre, but when the ball is launched forward Chicharito is offside.
  • 5'
    Barca enjoy their first real period of possession, slowing the pace as Alves and Messi work their way down the right. United break down the threat though and Hernandez feeds Valencia on the break. They're sent all the way back to Van der Sar though as Barca regroup well.
  • 3'
    Busquets is down early after getting his face in the way of Michael Carrick's attempted cross. When United restart play they find it difficult to break through a tight Barca backline, with Rooney's chip coming to nothing.
  • Remember to contribute using the twitter hashtag #watchwithgoal. The two captains, Xavi and Nemanja Vidic, meet in the middle with Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai and his team of officials.
  • The two teams are now walking out to a cacophony of noise. There’s no long walk like the one at the old Wembley, which used to get the fans really going, but it hardly matters tonight. The place is electric.
  • Umbrellas everywhere... not in the stands, though. It's not a bad night by London standards, but the dancers have opened up their brollies to show the badges of the two teams and the Champions League trophy is walked out by beefeaters.
  • And now there are a couple of hundred men and women in suits and bowler hats performing waves on the pitch. Let's get the game going, shall we. Only seven minutes to go...
  • There's a rather spectacular video being played on the big screens in the ground, with former Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker in a bowler hat, of all things.
  • On a style note... Manchester United will be in white, Barcelona in their traditional red and blue. Just one of the many similarities to Rome in 2009.
  • Barcelona have a pretty awful away record in Champions League knockout matches under Pep Guardiola considering the success they’ve enjoyed in the past three years. They’ve won only three times - twice this season - on their travels under their current coach. The other occasion was in the final against Manchester United in Rome two years ago, of course.
  • So what do you think of the teams? Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t even make it into United’s 18. What does that mean for his United future? And no Carles Puyol for Barca. How will that affect theirs and United’s game plan? Let us know what you reckon on #watchwithgoal.
  • MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-1-1): Van der Sar; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park; Rooney; Chicharito. Subs: Kuszczak, Smalling, Fletcher, Scholes, Nani, Anderson, Owen.
  • BARCELONA (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa. Subs: Oier, Puyol, Keita, Adriano, Thiago, Afellay, Bojan.
  • Are you ready? We’ve only been waiting three and a half weeks, but it’s felt like a lifetime. Finally, here we are on Champions League final night. It’s Barcelona against Manchester United live from Wembley, and you’ll miss absolutely nothing on tonight. We’ll have the whole match for you here, play by play, and you can contribute to the action through twitter, using the hashtag #watchwithgoal. First up, here comes the team news…