Champions League final minute-by-minute analysis
Did Manchester United even show up? This was a poor showing by arguably the most complete squad in the world. The Red Devils were a shadow of themselves and were honestly, soundly beaten by a better team.
I'm really shocked. I had picked Man U to win, though I thought Barcelona had a decent shot to pull an upset. But if you had told me before the game that Barça would win running away by a 2-0 score line, I'd have said you drank too much limoncello.
That's it for us. Congratulations to Barcelona, European champions, Spanish champions and Copa del Rey champions. It's a dream finish for the most exciting team in the world. Tune in on Thursday for on-the-scene color from SI.com's
That's a bad choice by Scholes. He could have hurt Busquets.
That's a final-third quartet of Tévez up front, Rooney and Park on the wings and Ronaldo as a deep striker. Somewhere,
Man United, meanwhile, is almost at full strength and has the deepest team in the world. But as we've learned in years past, it's usually an unsung hero who makes the difference in Champions League finals. Who's your pick to win? Tell us
Also not surprisingly, ESPN is all over the game, including tout after tout on
No surprise, since the Worldwide Leader is carrying the game in the U.S. and is expecting big ratings to match up with its good numbers off the European Championship last summer. Enjoy it while you can, because FSC gets the big game starting next year,
This is arguably the sexiest Champions League final of all time, and it'll almost certainly be the most watched: More than 200 million around the world are expected to tune in for European soccer's Super Bowl.
Here in the U.S., of course, we're unfortunate that this matchup falls during the work day. So if you're one of those stuck at your desk and can't sneak away for Wednesday's final (2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN), tune in here for my live commentary of the Champions League final.
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