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2009 UEFA Champions League Final

2009 UEFA Champions League Final
Title2009 UEFA Champions League Final
Event2008 � 09 UEFA Champions League
Team2Manchester United
Date27 May 2009
StadiumStadio Olimpico
Man Of The Match1aXavi (Barcelona)
Man Of The Match1atitleUEFA
Man Of The Match1bLionel Messi (Barcelona)
Man Of The Match1btitleFans'
RefereeMassimo Busacca (Switzerland)
WeatherClear night
23 C (99 F)
71% humidity

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The 2009 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 27 May 2009 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. The match determined the winners of the 2008 � 09 season of the UEFA Champions League, a tournament for the top football clubs in Europe. The match was won by Barcelona of Spain, who beat England's Manchester United 2 � 0. Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Lionel Messi added another goal 20 minutes from the end to earn Barcelona an historic treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, a feat never before achieved by a Spanish club. The match was refereed by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca.

This was Barcelona's third victory in the competition, 17 years after they first won the European Cup in 1992. Manchester United went into the match as the competition's defending champions, the first defending champions to reach the final since Juventus in 1997. Manchester United also sought to be the first team to retain the European Cup since Milan in 1990. It was the fifth year in a row in which the final involved at least one English team. The Stadio Olimpico had hosted three previous Champions League finals, following the 1977, 1984 and 1996 matches.

As winners of the 2008 � 09 Champions League, Barcelona later played against 2008 � 09 UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2009 UEFA Super Cup, and they represented UEFA at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. Despite winning the Champions League final, Barcelona won -8 million less prize money from the tournament than Manchester United.

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