Last night’s Champions’ League Final was one of those games which – unless you’re a Barcelona fan – will not live too long in the memory. After a bright start, Manchester Utd wilted after Barça took the lead, and from then on the result was never really in doubt.

 

The Spanish side’s victory ensures that Spain now heads the league table of European Cup victories, with 12, whilst England and Italy lie joint second with 11. The much hyped duel between Utd’s Ronaldo and Barça’s Messi never really took off either, despite the latter heading in the second goal which effectively sealed the victory. The real stars of the show were Barcelona’s midfield duo of Xavi and Iniesta, who pick up their second major title in a year following Spain’s victory in the European Championships in 2008.

Utd meanwhile must content themselves with one Premiership title, a League Cup, and a World Club title achieved back in December by beating the little known Ecuadorian side Liga de Quito in Tokyo, of all places. But the one they really wanted took place in Rome last night – so why didn’t they show up?

– Rob

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