On this day in sport: Messi secures treble, Watson powers CSK to IPL glory

Lionel Messi and Shane Watson have marked May 27 with success in the years gone by. Let's take a look at what all has happened in sports on this day.

Published : May 27, 2020 13:39 IST

Lionel Messi after scoring in the 2009 Champions League final.
Lionel Messi after scoring in the 2009 Champions League final.

Lionel Messi after scoring in the 2009 Champions League final.

Lionel Messi delivered a moment of history for Barcelona on this day in 2009, as Manchester United lost the Champions League final in Rome.

Arsene Wenger also has fond memories of May 27 from his Arsenal career, having achieved an unprecedented FA Cup feat at Wembley three years ago.

Shane Watson powered Chennai Super Kings to 2018 IPL glory, while back in 1995, the great Jonah Lomu scored the first tries of a famous New Zealand career.

Join us in looking back on some memorable moments from this day in years gone by.

1995 – Jonah Lomu scores his first tries for New Zealand

One of rugby union's all-time most famous faces made his mark on this day back in 1995.

Lomu scored his first two tries for New Zealand as it claimed a 43-19 win over Ireland in a Pool-C clash at the Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg.

He finished the tournament as joint-top try-scorer on seven as the All Blacks reached the final, where it was famously beaten by host South Africa.

Lomu tragically died at the age of 40 in November 2015.

2018 – Shane Watson scores unbeaten century as Chennai Super Kings wins the IPL

It is three years since a spectacular innings from Watson secured Indian Premier League glory for Chennai Super Kings.

Questioned for putting its faith in a squad of players approaching the end of their careers, it was fitting that Chennai's triumph would be sealed by 36-year-old Watson's unbeaten 117 from 57 balls.

Watson hit eight sixes and 11 fours to dominate the contest, the Super Kings easing to an eight-wicket win with nine balls remaining.


2009 – Barcelona beats Manchester United in the Champions League final

Barcelona became champion of Europe on this day 11 years ago, denying Manchester United a piece of history and securing its place in the record books.

Holder United was looking to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions Leagues in the modern format but was dealt an early blow when Samuel Eto'o squeezed a 10th-minute shot past Edwin van der Sar.

A header from Lionel Messi – a goal he still considers the most important of his career – made it 2-0 in the second half as Barca won the treble for the first time in its history in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge.


2017 – Arsenal beats Chelsea in FA Cup final as Wenger wins the trophy for the seventh time

Arsene Wenger became the most successful manager in FA Cup history three years ago when he lifted the trophy for the seventh time.

Premier League champion Chelsea was favourite, but a fourth-minute goal from Alexis Sanchez set the tone for the final.

Victor Moses' red card 68 minutes in made life tougher for the Blues and, although Diego Costa grabbed an equaliser, Aaron Ramsey struck what proved to be the winner three minutes later.

Aside from Wenger's feat – his 10th major trophy as Gunners boss – it was a final fondly remembered by fans for the performance of Per Mertesacker, who was outstanding at the heart of the defence.

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