Catalan class

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  • Eyes on the prize

    The Champions League trophy stands before Wembley as Manchester United and Barcelona prepared to do battle.

    Man Marked

    A fan dressed as a giant Lionel Messi shows his support for his side.

    Busby Babe

    A young Man Utd fan is carried on his journey down Wembley Way.

    Gentlemen, start your engines

    The two teams line up ahead of kick-off at Wembley.

  • Flying start

    United knocked Barca off their stride in the opening minutes, as Victor Valdes was forced to save from Wayne Rooney

    How to stop Messi?

    But Barca soon slipped into their rhythm and Lionel Messi was at the centre of it all.

    Ped Power

    Pedro put Barcelona ahead with a fine near post strike, after being released by Xavi.


    But Wayne Rooney slotted home a cool equaliser, after a neat one-two with Ryan Giggs.

  • The Messiah

    Having gone into the half 1-1, Barca emerged and Lionel Messi struck his first goal on English soil.

    Poor old Ed

    Edwin van der Sar, on his last appearance for United, was beaten by Messi's strike.

    Leo the hero

    Lionel Messi celebrates his 53rd goal of the season, as Barca went 2-1 ahead.

    United we fall

    Manchester United players were left shellshocked by Messi's strike, but worse was to come.

  • Villa the victor

    David Villa curled home a third for Barcelona, after a sublime run from Messi.

    Pep talk

    Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola celebrates his side's success.

    Fergie fury

    Sir Alex Ferguson ponders what went wrong as his side slipped to a 3-1 defeat.


    Barcelona celebrate with the trophy, having given the honour of lifting it to Eric Abidal, who has just recovered from cancer.