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Barcelona crowned European champions

2009-05-28 00:47:46 GMT2009-05-28 08:47:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Barcelona players celebrate with the trophy following their Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Olympic stadium in Rome May 27, 2009. Barcelona completed an historic treble with a 2-0 win over holders Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome on Wednesday night. (Xinhua Photo)

Barcelona players celebrate with the trophy following their Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Olympic stadium in Rome May 27, 2009. Barcelona completed an historic treble with a 2-0 win over holders Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome on Wednesday night. (Xinhua Photo)

Barcelona players celebrate with the trophy following their Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Olympic stadium in Rome May 27, 2009. Barcelona completed an historic treble with a 2-0 win over holders Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome on Wednesday night. (Xinhua Photo)

Barcelona players celebrate following their Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Olympic stadium in Rome May 27, 2009. Barcelona completed an historic treble with a 2-0 win over holders Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome on Wednesday night.

ROME, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 to win the Champions League title on Wednesday with goals through Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi.

Eto'o put the Spanish champions ahead in the 10th minute and Messi's 70th-minute header sealed the victory as Barcelona won Europe's most prestigious club championship for the third time.

The victory over the defending champions completed a sweep of titles for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola in his first season after wins in the Spanish league and cup.

United had been chasing its fourth European Cup title, and fourth trophy this season after winning the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and League Cup.

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