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 By Mina Rzouki

Arturo Vidal struggles as Juventus suffer Champions League final defeat

Juventus' hopes of winning the Champions League and clinching the first Treble in club history were dashed as Barcelona emerged victorious in Berlin.

Juve started well and later had their best spell of the game to equalise in the second half but could not take other opportunities that presented themselves, while the midfield -- Claudio Marchisio apart -- struggled to contend with Barcelona.

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Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Gianluigi Buffon, 8 -- He made some errors, but Juventus stayed in the match largely because of the heroic saves made by the goalkeeper. Still to be counted on for his experience, agility and exceptional understanding of the game.

DF Andrea Barzagli, 6 -- Always professional and reliable but he was still not at his peak condition. Filled in admirably for the injured Giorgio Chiellini.

DF Leonardo Bonucci, 6 -- He struggled to contain Barcelona's attack and was guilty of looking overwhelmed, yet his tactical intelligence and mature mind helped him navigate the daunting task as well as he could. He tried to limit the potential of Barca's talented front line.

DF Stephan Lichtsteiner, 6 -- Simply wasn't good enough in closing down Neymar but he improved, attempting to offer alternatives on the right flank. After all, it's his work that led to the Juve goal.

DF Patrice Evra, 6 -- He reacted slowly for Barcelona's second goal, but nonetheless, his experience proved important in such a match and he even strode forward with confidence in the second half.

MF Paul Pogba, 6 -- He can still hold on to possession better than most, but his decision-making continues to frustrate onlookers. A decent performance in which he strode ahead with conviction to exploit space, but this player has to develop more next season.

MF Claudio Marchisio, 7 -- Rarely a foot wrong by the midfielder who led his teammates and blocked several dangerous runs from Barcelona's players. His timing was impeccable and his contributions to both phases of the game were invaluable.

MF Andrea Pirlo, 6 -- Far from inspirational, he was practically invisible. Could not defend, no geometric passes that unleashed his forwards and many minor mistakes, the deep-lying midfielder has been far from his brilliant self in Europe this season.

Arturo Vidal was ineffective and reckless at times in the Champions League final.

MF Arturo Vidal, 5 -- He was overly eager, reckless and nearly sent off. The Chilean's deep desire to exhibit his talent led to a poor performance void of any composure. He fouled needlessly and excessively and was culpable on Barca's first goal.

FW Alvaro Morata, 7 -- Predatory by nature and wonderfully instinctive, he's always on hand to exploit mistakes and jump on opportunities, scoring the goal that gave the Bianconeri temporary hope.

FW Carlos Tevez, 6 -- Not his usual magical best but he handled the ball better than most. Unable to exert his usual influence though it was from his shot that Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed the ball to Morata for the equaliser.

Substitutes: 

MF Roberto Pereyra, NR -- Replaced Vidal with 11 minutes left but was unable to make an impression.

FW Fernando Llorente, NR -- Brought on for Morata in the 85th minute to add a physical presence but made little impact other than one pass that set up a Tevez shot.

MF Kingsley Coman, NR -- Replaced Evra in the 89th minute with Juventus desperately seeking an equaliser. 

Mina Rzouki covers Juventus and the Italian national team for ESPN FC. Follow her on Twitter: @Minarzouki.

 

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