2008–09 UEFA Champions League

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2008–09 UEFA Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 15 July 2008 – 27 May 2009
Teams 32 (group stage)
76 (total)
Final positions
Champions Spain Barcelona (3rd title)
Runners-up England Manchester United
Tournament statistics
Matches played 213
Goals scored 553 (2.6 per match)
Attendance 5,008,404 (23,514 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Lionel Messi (9 goals)
Best player Argentina Lionel Messi

The 2008–09 UEFA Champions League was the 54th edition of Europe's premier club football tournament and the 17th edition under the current UEFA Champions League format. The final was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 27 May 2009.[1] It was the eighth time the European Cup final has been held in Italy and the fourth time it has been held at the Stadio Olimpico. The final was contested by the defending champions, Manchester United, and Barcelona, who had last won the tournament in 2006. Barcelona won the match 2–0, with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi, securing The Treble in the process. In addition, both UEFA Cup finalists, Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk featured in the Champions League group stage.

Anorthosis of Cyprus and BATE Borisov of Belarus were the first teams from their respective countries to qualify for the group stage. Romanian side CFR Cluj and Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg also made their Champions League debuts.

Qualification[edit]

A total of 76 teams from 52 UEFA associations (Liechtenstein organises no domestic league competition) participated in the 2008–09 Champions League. Countries are allocated places according to the 2007 UEFA league co-efficient ranking. The spot reserved for the title holder was not used since Manchester United qualified for the group stage as the Premier League (Association 2) champions.

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2008–09 Champions League:

  • Associations 1–3 (Spain, England and Italy) each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 4–6 (France, Germany, and Portugal) each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–15 (Romania, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey, and Greece) each have two teams qualify
  • Associations 16–53 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 28 champions from associations 25–53
Second qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 17–24 (Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Serbia, Denmark, Austria, Poland and Hungary)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
  • 14 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 6 champions from associations 11–16
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9 (the Netherlands enter the winners of a series of play-off games rather than the runners-up automatically qualifying)
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 1–6
  • 3 fourth-place finishers from associations 1–3
  • 14 winners from the second qualifying round
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 10 champions from associations 1–10
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 16 winners from the third qualifying round
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage
Group stage
Spain Real Madrid Italy Internazionale Germany Bayern Munich Romania CFR Cluj
Spain Villarreal Italy Roma Germany Werder Bremen Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
England Manchester UnitedTH France Lyon Portugal Porto Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
England Chelsea France Bordeaux Portugal Sporting CP Scotland Celtic[A]
Third qualifying round
Spain Barcelona Italy Fiorentina Netherlands Twente Czech Republic Slavia Prague
Spain Atlético Madrid France Marseille Russia Spartak Moscow Turkey Galatasaray
England Arsenal Germany Schalke 04 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Greece Olympiacos
England Liverpool Portugal Vitória Guimarães Belgium Standard Liège Bulgaria Levski Sofia[A]
Italy Juventus Romania Steaua Bucureşti
Second qualifying round
Scotland Rangers Turkey Fenerbahçe Israel Beitar Jerusalem Austria Rapid Wien
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Greece Panathinaikos Serbia Partizan Poland Wisła Kraków[A]
Belgium Anderlecht Switzerland Basel Denmark AaB Hungary MTK Budapest[A]
Czech Republic Sparta Prague Norway Brann
First qualifying round
Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka Lithuania Kaunas Belarus BATE Borisov Wales Llanelli
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Finland Tampere United Albania Dinamo Tirana Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík
Cyprus Anorthosis Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol Estonia Levadia Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
Sweden IFK Göteborg Republic of Ireland Drogheda United Armenia Pyunik Yerevan Malta Valletta
Slovenia Domžale Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi Azerbaijan Inter Baku Andorra FC Santa Coloma
Bosnia and Herzegovina Modriča Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički Kazakhstan Aktobe San Marino Murata
Latvia Ventspils Iceland Valur Northern Ireland Linfield Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica

TH Title Holder

Excluded teams[edit]

Porto[edit]

On 4 June 2008, a decision was taken to exclude Portuguese champions Porto from this year's competition, after the club was found guilty of bribing referees in the Portuguese Liga during the 2003–04 season.[2] As a result, Vitória Guimarães were promoted from the 3rd qualifying round to the group stage and Benfica from the UEFA Cup into the 3rd qualifying round. However, after Porto appealed the decision, the decision was referred by UEFA's Appeals Body back to the Control & Disciplinary Body for re-assessment.[3] The meeting to re-assess the situation took place on 16 June 2008, with the decision being reversed and Porto being allowed back into the 2008–09 Champions League. The decision was taken due to Porto's disciplinary process in Portugal not yet being complete.[4]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia were excluded from the tournament having failed to secure a UEFA licence due to the club being in debt to various government bodies and creditors.[5] Levski Sofia took their place in the 3rd qualifying round.

Round and draw dates[edit]

Date Event
1 July 2008 Draw for first and second qualifying rounds
15 & 16 July 2008 First qualifying round, first leg
22 & 23 July 2008 First qualifying round, second leg
29 & 30 July 2008 Second qualifying round, first leg
1 August 2008 Draw for third qualifying round
5 & 6 August 2008 Second qualifying round, second leg
12 & 13 August 2008 Third qualifying round, first leg
26 & 27 August 2008 Third qualifying round, second leg
28 August 2008 Draw for group stage
16 & 17 September 2008 Group stage, Matchday 1
30 September & 1 October 2008 Group stage, Matchday 2
21 & 22 October 2008 Group stage, Matchday 3
Date Event
4 & 5 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 4
25 & 26 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 5
9 & 10 December 2008 Group stage, Matchday 6
19 December 2008 Draw for first knockout round
24 & 25 February 2009 First knockout round, first leg
10 & 11 March 2009 First knockout round, second leg
20 March 2009 Draw for remaining rounds
7 & 8 April 2009 Quarter-finals, first leg
14 & 15 April 2009 Quarter-finals, second leg
28 & 29 April 2009 Semi-finals, first leg
5 & 6 May 2009 Semi-finals, second leg
27 May 2009 Final in Rome, Italy

Qualifying rounds[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds was held on Tuesday, 1 July 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The first leg matches were held on 15 July and 16 July, while the second legs were played on 22 July and 23 July 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Linfield Northern Ireland 1–3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 1–1
Valletta Malta 0–3 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 0–2 0–1
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 3–1 Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 3–0 0–1
FC Santa Coloma Andorra 2–7 Lithuania Kaunas 1–4 1–3
Murata San Marino 0–9 Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–5 0–4
Llanelli Wales 1–4 Latvia Ventspils 1–0 0–4
Anorthosis Cyprus 3–0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan 1–0 2–0
Inter Baku Azerbaijan 1–1 (a) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–0 1–1
Tampere United Finland 3–2 Montenegro Budućnost 2–1 1–1
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 0–3 Slovenia Domžale 0–1 0–2
Dinamo Tirana Albania 1–4 Bosnia and Herzegovina Modriča 0–2 1–2
Aktobe Kazakhstan 1–4 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 0–4
Drogheda United Republic of Ireland 3–1 Estonia Levadia 2–1 1–0
BATE Borisov Belarus 3–0 Iceland Valur 2–0 1–0

In the draw for the first qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The lower pot contained the 14 teams from associations 40–53: none of these teams had a team ranking.

Two of the 14 ties were won by the lower ranked team: Inter Baku (Azerbaijan, country rank 42) beat Rabotnički (Macedonia, 36); and BATE Borisov (Belarus, 40) beat Valur (Iceland, 37).

Of the 28 teams in the first qualifying round, two survived as far as the group stage: Anorthosis and BATE Borisov. Each then finished in fourth place.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 29 July and 30 July, while the second legs were played on 5 August and 6 August 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rangers Scotland 1–2 Lithuania Kaunas 0–0 1–2
Brann Norway 2–2 (a) Latvia Ventspils 1–0 1–2
Inter Baku Azerbaijan 1–3 Serbia Partizan 1–1 0–2
Tampere United Finland 3–7 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 1–3 2–4
Anorthosis Cyprus 4–3 Austria Rapid Wien 3–0 1–3
Domžale Slovenia 2–6 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–3 2–3
Panathinaikos Greece 3–0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 3–0 0–0
IFK Göteborg Sweden 3–5 Switzerland Basel 1–1 2–4
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 0–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1 0–2
Drogheda United Republic of Ireland 3–4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–2[B] 2–2
Anderlecht Belgium 3–4 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–2 2–2
Beitar Jerusalem Israel 2–6 Poland Wisła Kraków 2–1 0–5
Fenerbahçe Turkey 7–0 Hungary MTK Hungária 2–0 5–0
Aalborg BK Denmark 7–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Modriča 5–0 2–1

In the draw for the second qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pot contained teams ranked 166 or higher: so each tie contained exactly one team ranked in the top 166.

Three of the 14 ties were won by the lower ranked team: Kaunas (unranked, coefficient 2.640) beat Rangers (ranked 24, coefficient 66.013); BATE Borisov (unranked, 1.760) beat Anderlecht (56, 41.810); and Anorthosis (ranked 193) beat Rapid Wien (ranked 166).

Of the 28 teams in the second qualifying round, Panathinaikos were the only one to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round took place on 1 August 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland.[6] The first leg matches were played on 12 August and 13 August, while the second leg matches took place on 26 August and 27 August. The losing team of each match are being seeded into the 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round; while the winning teams advance into the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 group stage.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Anorthosis Cyprus 3–1 Greece Olympiacos 3–0 0–1
Vitória de Guimarães Portugal 1–2 Switzerland Basel 0–0 1–2
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 5–1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–0 3–1
Schalke 04 Germany 1–4 Spain Atlético Madrid 1–0 0–4
Aalborg BK Denmark 4–0 Lithuania Kaunas 2–0 2–0
Barcelona Spain 4–1 Poland Wisła Kraków 4–0 0–1
Levski Sofia Bulgaria 1–2 Belarus BATE Borisov 0–1 1–1
Standard Liège Belgium 0–1 England Liverpool 0–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Partizan Serbia 3–4 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–2 1–2
Twente Netherlands 0–6 England Arsenal 0–2 0–4
Spartak Moscow Russia 2–8 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–4 1–4
Juventus Italy 5–1 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 4–0 1–1
Brann Norway 1–3 France Marseille 0–1 1–2
Fiorentina Italy 2–0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 2–0 0–0
Galatasaray Turkey 2–3 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 2–2 0–1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 1–3[C] Greece Panathinaikos 1–2 0–1

In the draw for the third qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pot contained teams ranked 61 or higher. However, the draw was held before the second qualifying round was played, which meant that Kaunas and BATE Borisov effectively moved into the higher pot, replacing the teams they eliminated.

Four of the 16 ties were won by the lower ranked team: Anorthosis (ranked 193) beat Olympiacos (ranked 44); BATE Borisov (unranked, coefficient 1.760) beat Levski Sofia (ranked 80, coefficient 32.644); Atlético Madrid (ranked 67) beat Schalke 04 (ranked 22) and Dynamo Kyiv (ranked 74) beat Spartak Moscow (ranked 61).

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D; Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H.

The draw for the group stage took place on 28 August 2008 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, prior to the 2008 UEFA Super Cup the following day.[7]

The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage, and the third-placed teams entered the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup. Based on paragraph 6.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  5. higher number of goals scored in all group matches played;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Zenit St. Petersburg, BATE Borisov, CFR Cluj and Anorthosis each made their debut appearance in the group stage.


Key to colours in group tables
Teams progressed to the first knockout round
Teams that progressed to the UEFA Cup

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Roma 6 4 0 2 12 6 +6 12
England Chelsea 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
France Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 5 11 −6 7
Romania CFR Cluj 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4
  BDX CFR CHE ROM
Bordeaux 1–0 1–1 1–3
CFR Cluj 1–2 0–0 1–3
Chelsea 4–0 2–1 1–0
Roma 2–0 1–2 3–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Greece Panathinaikos 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Italy Internazionale 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8
Germany Werder Bremen 6 1 4 1 7 9 −2 7
Cyprus Anorthosis 6 1 3 2 8 8 0 6
  ANO INT PAN BRM
Anorthosis 3–3 3–1 2–2
Internazionale 1–0 0–1 1–1
Panathinaikos 1–0 0–2 2–2
Werder Bremen 0–0 2–1 0–3

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 1 1 18 8 +10 13
Portugal Sporting CP 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 12
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 3 0 3 11 7 +4 9
Switzerland Basel 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1
  BAR BAS SHA SCP
Barcelona 1–1 2–3 3–1
Basel 0–5 1–2 0–1
Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 5–0 0–1
Sporting CP 2–5 2–0 1–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Liverpool 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14
Spain Atlético Madrid 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
France Marseille 6 1 1 4 5 7 −2 4
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 3
  ATL LIV OM PSV
Atlético Madrid 1–1 2–1 2–1
Liverpool 1–1 1–0 3–1
Marseille 0–0 1–2 3–0
PSV Eindhoven 0–3 1–3 2–0

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 2 4 0 9 3 +6 10
Spain Villarreal 6 2 3 1 9 7 +2 9
Denmark AaB 6 1 3 2 9 14 −5 6
Scotland Celtic 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 5
  AAB CEL MU VIL
AaB 2–1 0–3 2–2
Celtic 0–0 1–1 2–0
Manchester United 2–2 3–0 0–0
Villarreal 6–3 1–0 0–0

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 14
France Lyon 6 3 2 1 14 10 +4 11
Italy Fiorentina 6 1 3 2 5 8 −3 6
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 6 0 1 5 3 12 −9 1
  BAY FIO OL STE
Bayern Munich 3–0 1–1 3–0
Fiorentina 1–1 1–2 0–0
Lyon 2–3 2–2 2–0
Steaua Bucureşti 0–1 0–1 3–5

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Porto 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
England Arsenal 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 0 2 4 4 11 −7 2
  ARS DK FEN POR
Arsenal 1–0 0–0 4–0
Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 1–0 1–2
Fenerbahçe 2–5 0–0 1–2
Porto 2–0 0–1 3–1

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 12
Spain Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12
Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 5
Belarus BATE Borisov 6 0 3 3 3 8 −5 3
  BAT JUV RM ZEN
BATE Borisov 2–2 0–1 0–2
Juventus 0–0 2–1 1–0
Real Madrid 2–0 0–2 3–0
Zenit St. Petersburg 1–1 0–0 1–2

Knockout stage[edit]

From the first knockout round through to the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis with the same rules as the qualifying rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation. For the draw of the quarter-finals and semi-finals clubs are seeded based on the results in the group and first knockout stage of the current season (eight matches).

The draw for the first knockout round was held on Friday, 19 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football and Bruno Conti, the ambassador for the final in Rome.

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both held on Friday, 20 March 2009 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by David Taylor and Bruno Conti. Unlike the first knockout round, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the quarter-finals onwards.

Bracket[edit]

  First knockout round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 France Lyon 1 2 3  
 Spain Barcelona 1 5 6  
   Spain Barcelona 4 1 5  
   Germany Bayern Munich 0 1 1  
 Portugal Sporting CP 0 1 1
 Germany Bayern Munich 5 7 12  
   Spain Barcelona (a) 0 1 1  
   England Chelsea 0 1 1  
 Spain Real Madrid 0 0 0  
 England Liverpool 1 4 5  
   England Liverpool 1 4 5
   England Chelsea 3 4 7  
 England Chelsea 1 2 3
 Italy Juventus 0 2 2  
   Spain Barcelona 2
   England Manchester United 0
 Italy Internazionale 0 0 0  
 England Manchester United 0 2 2  
   England Manchester United 2 1 3
   Portugal Porto 2 0 2  
 Spain Atlético Madrid 2 0 2
 Portugal Porto (a) 2 0 2  
   England Manchester United 1 3 4
   England Arsenal 0 1 1  
 Spain Villarreal 1 2 3  
 Greece Panathinaikos 1 1 2  
   Spain Villarreal 1 0 1
   England Arsenal 1 3 4  
 England Arsenal (p) 1 0 1 (7)
 Italy Roma 0 1 1 (6)  

First knockout round[edit]

The first legs of the first knockout round were played on 24 and 25 February 2009, and the second legs were played on 10 and 11 March.

Bayern Munich defeated Sporting CP by 12–1 on aggregate in the first knockout round; the biggest two-leg win in Champions League era.

Manchester United's 2–0 victory against Internazionale in the first knockout round was their 21st consecutive undefeated match, a record surpassing Ajax's 20 undefeated matches, set between 1985–86 and 1995–96. The record was extended to 25 matches, ending with a 2–0 defeat to Barcelona in the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Chelsea England 3–2 Italy Juventus 1–0 2–2
Villarreal Spain 3–2 Greece Panathinaikos 1–1 2–1
Sporting CP Portugal 1–12 Germany Bayern Munich 0–5 1–7
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–2 (a) Portugal Porto 2–2 0–0
Lyon France 3–6 Spain Barcelona 1–1 2–5
Real Madrid Spain 0–5 England Liverpool 0–1 0–4
Arsenal England 1–1 (7–6 p) Italy Roma 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Internazionale Italy 0–2 England Manchester United 0–0 0–2

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 7 April and 8 April, with the second leg matches being played on 14 April and 15 April 2009. Due to the 20th anniversary of Hillsborough Disaster, Liverpool were granted their request that their return leg not be played on 15 April; the match was played on 14 April.[8]

Porto's 1–0 loss to Manchester United in the second leg of the quarter-finals was the club's first ever home defeat to English opposition.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Villarreal Spain 1–4 England Arsenal 1–1 0–3
Manchester United England 3–2 Portugal Porto 2–2 1–0
Liverpool England 5–7 England Chelsea 1–3 4–4
Barcelona Spain 5–1 Germany Bayern Munich 4–0 1–1

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 28 April and 29 April, while the second leg matches were played on 5 May and 6 May 2009. As in 2007–08, the semi-final teams consisted of three Premier League sides and Barcelona. This was the third consecutive season in which three of the four semi-final teams were English.

Manchester United were the first defending champions to reach the semi-finals since the introduction of the first knockout round in the 2003–04 season.

Chelsea were knocked out by Barcelona after a highly controversial performance by referee Tom Henning Øvrebø,[9] while Arsenal's 3–1 loss to Manchester United in the second leg of the semi-finals was the club's first ever defeat at the Emirates Stadium in a European competition.[10]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Manchester United England 4–1 England Arsenal 1–0 3–1
Barcelona Spain 1–1 (a) England Chelsea 0–0 1–1

Final[edit]

The 2009 UEFA Champions League Final was played at 20:45 CEST on 27 May 2009 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Barcelona won the match 2–0, with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi. Barcelona's victory also meant that they became the first Spanish team to win The Treble. Manchester United were the first defending champions to reach the final of the competition since Juventus in 1997, but they failed to become the first club to defend the European Cup since Milan in 1990.

27 May 2009
20:45 CEST
Barcelona Spain 2–0 England Manchester United
Eto'o Goal 10'
Messi Goal 70'
Report
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 62,467
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying rounds) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals Appearances Minutes played
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 9 12 982'44"
2 England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 7 8 580'36"
Germany Miroslav Klose Germany Bayern Munich 7 8 680'07"
4 Argentina Lisandro López Portugal Porto 6 10 943'11"
5 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor England Arsenal 5 7 627'33"
Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 5 8 688'14"
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba England Chelsea 5 10 702'31"
Netherlands Robin van Persie England Arsenal 5 8 716'34"
France Thierry Henry Spain Barcelona 5 10 717'50"
France Karim Benzema France Lyon 5 8 731'13"
11 Brazil Jádson Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4 5 405'48"
Netherlands Danny Koevermans Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 4 6 429'16"
Spain Joseba Llorente Spain Villarreal 4 7 436'03"
Greece Evangelos Mantzios Greece Panathinaikos 4 6 540'23"
Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov England Manchester United 4 9 540'53"
Italy Alberto Gilardino Italy Fiorentina 4 6 543'52"
France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich 4 8 743'32"
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Spain Barcelona 4 10 810'05"
England Wayne Rooney England Manchester United 4 13 999'10"
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 4 12 1055'36"

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Moved up from the lower qualifying round due to the Title Holder entry not being used.
B. ^ Match was played in Dublin.
C. ^ Order of legs reversed

References[edit]

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