The goal capped off a dramatic night that saw Barcelona only briefly struggle in the second half when Juventus striker Alvaro Morata briefly equalized the game at 1.
“When we scored the one, we think that we could win this game,” Juve star Paul Pogba said after the game. The French native continued in English: “When they scored the second one, to be fair, the head was a bit down. But we tried and tried again.”
Juve’s efforts were not enough to overcome Barcelona, which arguably boasts the strongest front three in the game in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
A goal from Suarez allowed Barcelona to regain the lead for good in the second half. While Messi didn’t score, he was instrumental in setting up the team’s first goal that came in the fourth minute of the game from midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who played off the assist of team captain Andres Iniesta.
With the win, Barcelona clinched its fifth European Cup victory to tie with Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Only AC Milan, with seven, and La Liga rivals Real Madrid, with 10, have more.
Barcelona also became the eighth team to clinch the treble by winning their league, their country’s main domestic cup and the European title. They became the first team to ever do it twice. The last time they was in the 2008-2009 season.
As one might predict, the celebration was wild. Obviously, there were the requisite hugs and some players brought out special gear to wear. He may have lost his shirt, but Neymar gained a white headband that read “100% Jesus.” Other players wrapped their home country’s flags around their waists. All players shouted, jumped and sang while team manager Luis Enrique, who had one of the best first seasons ever, was thrown into the air.
The celebration was especially special for Xavi, who is leaving the team to play in Qatar after devoting more than two decades to the club. The 35-year-old was chosen to raise the trophy in the air.