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Barcelona goalscorer Eto’o was in buoyant mood after his side’s 2-1 Champions League triumph over Arsenal.

Eto’o levelled the scores with fourteen minutes remaining following Sol Campbell’s shock opener for ten-man Arsenal.

“I am lost for words,” he told Spanish state television.

“For all those who came to support us here and for everyone back in Spain we have shown what we can do here today. We deserved to win.”

“We never thought the game was lost,” said the Cameroon striker.

“After having seen what Liverpool did last year we told ourselves not to throw in the towel. We followed Liverpool’s example.

“In the final you can’t doubt yourselves.

“The final’s played right up to the last whistle. We covered ourselves in the spirit of Liverpool.”

Team mate Deco, who was collecting his second Champions League winners medal after success with Porto in 2004, added: “They had chances early on but the sending off of Lehmann was an advantage for us. They still scored but we came back. It is a historical achievement for everyone at the club.”

Sweden striker Larsson, playing his last game for Barca, came on in the 61st-minute and was instrumental in the Barcelona’s recovery.

“It was a tough match and the whole team deserve credit for the win,” he said.

“It was an unbelievable way for me to finish my career at Barcelona. I have had a fantastic experience here in my two years with two league titles and now this. It’s amazing.”

Barcelona’s former Arsenal defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst was particularly pleased to have overcome his former club.

“It’s special to win the final, and even more special to do it against your old team,” he said.

“It felt a bit strange but I am happy to be on the winning side.

“It means a lot, the team has worked hard to win this prize. It is only the second time the club has won it.

“We have had a great season, we are the champions of Spain and now this.”

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