- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

BERLIN (AP) - AP player rankings out of 10 for both sides in the Champions League final following Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus on Saturday:


Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German goalkeeper was perhaps was to blame for spilling Tevez’ shot and allowing Morata to equalize. Otherwise had little to do and played the ball with intelligence to his defenders. 6

Jordi Alba. Combined well with Neymar and Iniesta to cause Juve major problems on the left side of the pitch. Also made a crucial header to prevent Vidal scoring in the second half. 7

Javier Mascherano. Mopped up when he needed to and made an important interception to cut out Pogba’s pass for Morata in the first half. 6

Gerard Pique. An early mistake conceded a needless corner but didn’t put a foot wrong thereafter. The 28-year-old also made several headed clearances in an assured performance. 7

Daniel Alves. Supposedly a right back, the Brazilian spent most of his time high up the pitch, attacking. Involved in several mighty tussles with Pogba and was lucky not to concede a penalty for dragging down the Frenchman before Suarez scored Barca’s second. 6

Andres Iniesta. A complete performance from the midfield maestro, always looked calm on the ball, distributed the ball with intelligence and accuracy. His pass for Rakitic’s opening goal was perfect. 9

Sergio Busquets. Worked hard in midfield and did the simple things well. 7

Ivan Rakitic. Made a fine run ahead of Pogba for the opening goal. A busy game from the Croatian. 6

Lionel Messi. A quiet game by his own lofty standards but gave ample displays of his skill in an unselfish performance. Danced through a host of defenders on a true “Messi-esque” run at the end of the half. Will be disappointed not to score. 8

Luis Suarez. Looked dangerous throughout the game and was in the right place at the right time to convert the winner from Messi’s rebound. Missed several other chances to score, however. 8

Neymar. Sealed the victory in injury time and was instrumental in the first goal, holding up play on the right before slipping Iniesta through to set up Rakitic. A constant threat on the left for Juve. 9


Gianluigi Buffon. The veteran goalkeeper will rue spilling Messi’s shot for Suarez to score. Made a number of saves to keep Juve in it beforehand - denying Alves from close range in the first half and Suarez with a brilliant stop at the start of the second. Another mistake at end of the half, when he gifted the ball to Neymar, could have been costly, but the Brazilian’s cross for Suarez was too high. 5

Patrice Evra. Let Suarez get to the rebound for the winner. A difficult game from the Frenchman, who has now lost four Champions League finals - three of them to Barcelona. 5

Leonardo Bonucci. Labored at the back without the experienced Giorgio Chiellini, who tore a left calf muscle in training on Wednesday. 4

Andrea Barzagli. Chiellini’s replacement made a crucial interception to deny Suarez but also had a difficult game. 5

Stephan Lichtsteiner. Struggled to keep Neymar in check but fought hard throughout. 5

Paul Pogba. The driving force for Juventus. Threw himself into every challenge, contested every ball and displayed the determination that got his side back into the game, albeit briefly. Should have had a penalty in the second half. 7

Andrea Pirlo. Disappointing game from the Italian great as the 36-year-old was upstaged by teammates and Barcelona’s midfield. Let his emotions show after what could have been his last Champions League game. 5

Claudio Marchisio. Produced a brilliant back-heel for Lichtsteiner to set up Tevez’s shot, allowing Morata score on the rebound. Fired just over from a good position at the end of the half. Was constantly busy. 6

Arturo Vidal. Booked early for a second rash challenge. Fired over after good run from Morata. A frustrating game for the Chilean. 4

Alvaro Morata. One of Juve’s hardest workers. Setting up Vidal after a good run early on and toiled without joy up front until he was in the right place at the right time to equalize. 7

Carlos Tevez. Wasted several good chances to get his side back in the game. After doing so much to help Juve reach the final, it was an unhappy game for the combative Argentine. 4

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