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UEFA Champions League Final 2011: Barcelona Come Close To 3rd Goal

It should be 3-1 to Barcelona now and it's only thanks to right back Fabio da Silva that it isn't. Dani Alves shows why he's the best right back on the planet by making a complete fool out of Patrice Evra and cutting into Edwin van der Sar's box, and only the presence of Fabio on the goalline stops another goal, the young Brazilian somehow hooking the ball clear and hurting himself in the process.

Van der Sar then came to the rescue once again, stopping a thundering effort from range by Xavi, instead conceding a  corner, from which Lionel Messi did something absurd - bouncing the ball off a dazed looking Michael Carrick to play a one-two with himself. Eventually Andres Iniesta shoots and van der Sar can collect. Phew. Nani's getting ready to come on for United, by the way.

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