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Barca crush Juve for historic double treble

 Barcelona's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6, 2015

Barcelona’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6, 2015

BERLIN, June 7- Luis Suarez and Neymar scored second half goals to give Barcelona a 3-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus on Saturday and make the Spaniards the first team to twice win the European treble.

Luis Enrique capped his first season as Barcelona’s head coach by matching Pep Guardiola’s feat from the 2008/09 season when the Catalans captured the European, Spanish league and cup titles.

An early goal by Barca’s Ivan Rakitic was cancelled out by Juventus’ ex-Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who equalised on 55 minutes.

But Suarez put the game beyond the Italian champions with a 68th minute strike off a rebound at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Neymar added the third with the last kick of the game in the 97th minute.

Juventus suffered the indignation of becoming the first team to lose six European Cup finals, 30 years after winning the trophy for the first time amidst the tragedy of the Heysel Stadium disaster.

This was the fifth time Barcelona have been crowned European champions and it is their fourth Champions League title in the last decade after their 2006, 2009 and 2011 triumphs.

– Suarez triumph –

Luis Suarez celebrates putting Barca 2-1 up in UEFA Champions League final in Berlin.

Luis Suarez celebrates putting Barca 2-1 up in UEFA Champions League final in Berlin.

For Suarez it was a triumphant end to a first season with the Spanish champions after his ignominous biting ban at the World Cup.

“It’s incredible, it’s something unique. To win these trophies you have to suffer,” he said.

“I think after the equaliser they pushed on a little more, but we have players who made the difference. We have gone from game-to-game and achieved all our objectives.

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“The best thing about this side is the spirit and the fact we’ve been united since the start of the season.”

Following their 2009 treble, Barcelona join Celtic, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich on the exclusive list of teams to have won the treble.

Despite brief moments of magic, Lionel Messi failed to become the first player to score in three Champions League finals as he equalled Dutch star Clarence Seedorf’s tally of four winners’ medals.

Barcelona showed early nerves with two uncustomary mistakes in defence straight from kick-off before Rakitic gave the Catalan giants the lead with just four minutes gone.

Neymar fed his captain Andres Iniesta from the left wing and the Spain international squared for Rakitic to drill home from close-range past Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon.

Juve came back into the game midway through the first-half, but Suarez forced Buffon, who failed to claim a winners’ medal at the 12th attempt, into another save as it finished 1-0 at the break.

– Xavi finale-The Spaniards picked up where they left off in the second half when Rakitic fed Suarez, who forced Buffon into a diving save with 48 minutes gone before firing over moments later.

Messi, who showed glimpses of his brilliance with a first-half darting run through the Juve defence, then fired wide after exchanging two quick passes in the build-up move.

Juve got the equaliser they had threatened when defender Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross found Carlos Tevez, whose shot was parried by Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, only for Morata to rifle home the loose ball on 55 minutes.

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It was the ex-Real striker’s first goal against Barcelona despite four years at the Bernabeu having left Madrid last year.

The goal breathed life back into Juve’s ambitions, but it was a touch of Messi magic which led to the decisive goal.

The Argentina international attacked the Juve defence with a mazy run and although Buffon blocked his shot, Suarez fired home the rebound on 68 minutes.

Neymar looked to have headed Barca’s third just moments later, but Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir spotted the ball hit his arm on its way into the Juve goal.

Xavi Hernandez came on for his final game in the Barca shirt in the dyings stages as he made history with a record 151st Champions League appearance before joining Qatari side Al Sadd next season.

The scene was set for Neymar to cap his first Champions League final with Barcelona’s third just before the final whistle.

Alvaro Morata (right) celebrates equalising for Juventus before they went on to lose 3-1 to Barcelona.

Alvaro Morata (right) celebrates equalising for Juventus before they went on to lose 3-1 to Barcelona.

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  1. Paulina Wanja

    June 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Oooh, i am really sorry for the news.We pray for comfort from God to their families and also that God rest their souls in eternal peace.
    Kenyans, alot of misfortunes are happening in our country lately, we need to change our ways and trust in God.

  2. Munoko R

    June 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    We need to be on our knees for the almighty to intervine

    • Little Hiti

      June 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

      No, prayers wont intervene. What they need to use is the intelligence the Almighty has given them to realize that, stuffing the the police force with obsolete choppers so that they can ‘eat’ the other money is not going to help anyone, sometimes…it might mess them up although they could not have foreseen that.

      • eric ochieng

        June 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

        i like ur argument @little hiti, its bitter to swallow but its the bare knuckled truth, u know kenyans dont like being told the truth, they love it sweetened, but any way nature doesnt give a damn,stop asking for prayers get up and act

        • Little Hiti

          June 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

          its called Kenya , Prayer and the God delusion. God has already done his part. The country is well endowed with all the relevant things to move it forward to greatness. Wasting all that those talents reminds of the Parable of the Talents, most kenyan don’t know it exists but they pray for the country to fixed somehow.

          • Mungi

            June 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

            so sad for the whole kenyans, the guys have been very hardworking leaders.
            God comfort all the families involved!

          • peter

            June 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

            we and the family wish our condolences to the families,relatives and friends, for what happened to our Nation and the whole world,its so sad poleni sana wa kenya. peter kiambi and family

  3. Ngoma

    June 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Al Shabaab or a mere accident? Who were these people recently spotted taking photos around Wilson Airport perimeter? Has our security organ been compromised? Be vigilant Kenyans!

  4. Mbote09

    June 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

    i’ve received the news in grief of my fellow kenyans who had ambition and plan for the day but death doesn’t know who is who,but just sending my heart felt condolences to the family and friends of these all who died in the line of duty.

  5. Martin Bundi Inoti

    June 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    It’s disheartening and shocking to hear of the more deaths of the ministers and the two crew. God comfort the families involved. If the Al shabab had a hand in the killing, its a clear indicator even the head of the country and other leaders need more protection. More actions are needed to address the Somali crisis and also internal governance. But the blame is the current government led by Kibaki and Raila – they have failed to fund the internal security adequately – most choppers are second-hand bought from Russia or Europe yet the same Mps are paid huge salaries. Some of the cash could have been channelled in getting new choppers – its never safe to travel in a chopper in kenya

  6. ngash computers

    June 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    i am sorry for our ministers much condolences to their families and Kenyan at large-
                Ngash -Fibre optic computers

  7. Dennismoyi

    June 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    WE WANT THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT FOR THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.
     

    • Little Hiti

      June 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

      no need to do that …. its the police choppers …as you know, they took  Bonaya, Kones etc etc. They stall mid-air on many occasions …in some them , saitoti was a passangers

      • KaMami

        June 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        Little Hiti, Sad but true! I agree with you. Funny that in today’s Nation, they carried a story of how the ambulance chopper is lying uselessly (is there such a word) at Wilson but these old geezers would rather spend (TAXPAYERS) money hiring these death traps than fix what they keep preaching to voters they will fix, IF the voters vote them back in…ironic huh? Well, am sorry to their loved ones, who no doubt feel the ache of their passing, but to me and am sure many other fed up Kenyans, its just two more old geezers less fighting for a share of our hard earned tax money! Oh, cry my beloved country, that we are foolish enough to keep voting in these same old money grabbing corrupt (did I say OLD) men! And sadder that the few younger aspirants, dont seem to be any better, already seeing $$ signs if they get their feet in those hallowed halls of parliament.
        I feel more sorry for the family of the poor pilot, poor lady! May she Rest In Peace and may her memories comfort them. And this is my prayer too for the other passengers…

  8. Patrick

    June 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    They were a hard working and dedicated pair deprived of coalition politics.
    May their souls rest in peace

  9. Little Hiti

    June 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    ….I feel like a monster. I am not sad. Saitoti, couldn’t have been more ironic, spent year singing ‘baba na mama’, goldenberg, etc. These guys suck the country dry and they die as a result of sucking it dry…who would have imagined. 

    Saitoti oversaw the police force being given pea-nuts in the budget, there is no money to buy good cars, no money to buy choppers, no money to build the police stations no money for anything for the police. Military gets whatever it asks for. NSIS gets its asking too. Poor old police force get whatever is left over. Decommision those police juck choppers, Godana  and Murigi died in a similar manner, so did kipkalya kones. Those things are useless. Just death traps.  You can’t buy salvage equipment from Ukraine and expect to not have these sought of things regularly.  

    Now, I feel sorry for being a monster, but then again …I was made one.

    • Shikhati

      June 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Point made but this is not the right time for those demands!

      • Little Hiti

        June 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        so when is the right time ? after the ‘kenyan forgetfulness’ has taken hold again ?? I believe that was said in 2008 and in 2006. 

    • Maclizholding

      June 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Hope you are happy with you comments as their little children and the families of all of them read your uncalled for toy scattering childish comment may their souls rest in peace Amen

      • Little Hiti

        June 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        Pointing out that the Police Choppers are death traps is childish ??? Whats is ironical is that The Choppers have claimed about 10 other top government official in the last six years. Even ironical is that Today’s is the 4th anniversary of the the previously crush. 

    • Godfrey Kimega

      June 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Get your facts right before commenting. Kones did not die in a police chopper crash, it was a privately hired plane piloted by a German. Godana and others died in Marsabit when an Airforce plane crashed in conditions of poor visibility. The helicopter that crashed today was new, and had been in service only a few months.

    • Pratt

      June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      You are the sort of people we dont need around us. I believe you are a sadist, a pretended Kenyan. Those who have been closely following these posts, can easily testify that you are certainly aligned to merchants of deceit. The guys who have been spewing all manner of lies, insults and maddening tribalism are well known. That being the case, it doesnt serve any purpose at all for you to start spewing abscenities during this painful period. Perhaps, you need to ask your innerself whether you could say such things if you are the one affected. That seemingly mental patients are ever ready to insult Kenyans while singing stale songs of reform is not in doubt. And when elections come calling, we will surely say leadership is not for such people who are supposed to be seeking mental asylum. That empty toxic tribalism marked by pity bitter jealousy, will be dealt with forever.

  10. Besasuri

    June 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

    It will be hard indeed for the family members to come to terms with the tragedy. I really feel their pain. This again brings into focus the safety of our leaders and the state of the police choppers which sadly have been responsible for most of the tragic accidents.

  11. mkenya abroad

    June 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Am sorrry for what happened to our minsters today. I got new from my friend and i couldn’t believe until i listen for radio online. Again i got news the building collapsed in Mlolongo. We need to cleans our contry.

  12. Zahirasheikh

    June 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I donot know much about these two leader of kenya, All leaders everywhere are corrupted lining their own pockets.
    No matter what they were no body deserves this kind of  death. They should have more sense travelling together taking chances like this.

  13. Kanjesuzan

    June 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    My God Rest the soul of the Late Minister Saitoti and assistant minister,the Pilot and Co- pilot,and the boardguards in peace.Take courage the berevead families,may you feel your loved one’s presence,in memory,ever near and know you’ll never be apart from one another, so very dear.

  14. Ombali

    June 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

     Why does  this country purchase ‘junk’ aircraft? Why do we ‘siphon’
    monies meant for repairs/upgrades of these junks? Should we continue
    blaming God for the ‘tragic’ consequences of such ‘sins’?

  15. MotoristAssociationofkenya Mak

    June 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

     

    It is really very difficult to come to terms with the
    untimely deaths of the prominent National personalities Minister for Internal Security
    George Saitoti and Assistant Minister Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode. As an
    organization we feel the tragic loss in road safety efforts where we were
    engaging with the police under the two leaders. May God rest their souls in
    eternal peace. Our hearts are with the families of the departed honorable members’
    families, top leadership and all Kenyans.

    We are very sorry.

  16. Nash

    June 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

    This is sad… ‘sirikal’ is gone?  I will miss his zeal in discharging his duties especially in Parliament

  17. Abbatul

    June 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    RIP may God grant them eternal peace

  18. MotoristAssociationofkenya Mak

    June 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

     

    It is really very difficult to come to terms with the
    untimely deaths of the prominent National personalities Minister for Internal Security
    George Saitoti and Assistant Minister Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode. As an
    organization we feel the tragic loss in road safety efforts where we were
    engaging with the police under the two leaders. May God rest their souls in
    eternal peace. Our hearts are with the families of the departed honorable members’
    families, top leadership and all Kenyans.

    We are very sorry.

  19. KenyanDiasporaLink.com

    June 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Our prayers are with the families, may the bereaved rest in eternal peace.

  20. Ombenja_shikhati

    June 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    shame on Death!

  21. Francis Kimanthi

    June 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    as much death is inevitable, some accidents are preventable…why use bogus planes every now and then and lose lives aimlessly? RIP to the victims though,,

  22. Tom Nzioki

    June 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    R.I.P and God bless Kenya during these trying times..#security

  23. Consumersfederation Kenya

    June 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    It is a sad and painful reality that our commendable leaders and other ordinary Kenyans have been abruptly lost. Known for cautioning people to avoid accident scenes, especially overturned fuel tankers, political leaders and other VIPs must learn one or two lessons from the demise of Prof Saitoti and Orwa Ojode. During their campaigns, the leaders must immediately cut down on the their hectic itinerary so as to minimize the need for local air travel as practically as possible – given the weather is unpredictable – especially very early in the morning and late in the evenings 

  24. Francis

    June 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    How sad.What a waste.That death would be so cruel as to take away so many of our leaders through air disasters.For HON.SAITOTI Kenya has never had such a patriot.A dedicated teacher who gave his youth to teach the first generation of mathematicians.As a public servant rising to the second highest rank in the country that of VP and putting country before self to accept to serve in different ministries with dedication and zeal never seen in politicians-his call for peace at any opportunity he got is an example for all to emulate.Hon. Ojode i have always been amazed at his nationalistic view of security.He put aside his party hat and argued every security question like a statesman that he was.Many times his fellow mps were always on his neck but he stuck to his word- DO NOT TAKE MATTERS SECURITY CASUALLY HE WOULD SAY.To him his family to the family of the Saitoti-the country we can only rest in the hope that their work was not in vain.That the young politicians can see through the examples of these Kenyans the need for selflessness and patriotism.We morn their death-we celebrate them and what they did for Kenya. R.I.P GREAT KENYANS.  

  25. Amin Abdullah

    June 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    The Creator gives and  takes, and when our time comes we will also go. If one has nothing good to say about the dead, it is better to stay silent. My condolences go to the bereaved family.

  26. luvmeluvu

    June 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    If i can remember very clearly, a recent article on one of the daily raised concern over the poor state of
    police (government) choppers and planes. Even as i mourn, it is
    difficult not to ask myself if this was not preventable. As they say on
    NatGeo, accident are do not occur, they are caused [by human error].
    this could be yet another one.Let us raise our standards of doing
    things, including putting in place safety measures.

  27. Haroldkip

    June 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    On Monday,18 march 2002, Hon. Prof. George Saitoti said, ” There comes a time when the nation is more important than the individual.”
     Thank you Prof. for the legacy left behind. As the elections approaches, and as we seek representation of County governments let us strive to leave a positive mark in our community and country. May the passion for national security exemplified by Hon. Ojode keep the enemies of our beloved nation at bay.

    RIP Waheshimiwa. We will fondly miss you.

  28. Collinsoluoch

    June 11, 2012 at 6:20 am

    heart wrenching my condolence to the families of Saitoti & Ojode

  29. Salmasaalim

    June 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

    May there soul rest in peace.

  30. Djmapesa

    June 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Eternal rest grant 2Minister George Saitoti n his assistant Orwa Ojode.O lord n let perpetual light shine upon them.may they rest in peace pap au sio 

  31. Pratt

    June 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Am terribly saddened by the death of Prof. George Saitoti, Orwa Ojondeh and others. My heart is with their families. That security minister and his assistant could die in chopper crash is in itself too shocking and unbelievable. We are losing too many excellent leaders to plane crashes! Perhaps, its about time these police choppers were properly inspected for their safety. This particular accident has deprived Kenya some two senior officials who never believed in tribalsim. They believed in Kenya and Kenya alone. Genuine patriotic Kenyans, yes modern day Kenyans. May God rest their souls in eternal peace.

  32. Djmapesa

    June 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Life has cross-roads in it. It may move along smoothly and then suddenly change to horible ,all face critical times that’s why we need Gods involvement.

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