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After a great performance by his team, Pep Guardiola won his second European Cup as a manager in three years.

On this day in 2011, Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League final at Wembley, claiming their fourth title in the league courtesy to a Lionel Messi masterclass.

After a great performance by his team, Pep Guardiola won his second European Cup as a manager in three years.

Barcelona advanced to the final after eliminating Real Madrid in the last four, while United beat Schalke 6-1 in their semi-final.

Barcelona’s domination continued after the interval, with Messi slamming in a low shot from 25 yards after seeing a shot pushed off the line by Patrice Evra moments before.

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Messi’s dribble prompted the United defence to panic, and David Villa took advantage by whipping a shot into the top corner from just outside the penalty area, securing Barcelona’s third Champions League triumph in six years.

After the game, Guardiola praised Messi as “the best player I have ever seen,” while United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted, “It is the best squad we have faced in my time as manager.”

Source: independent
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