Real Madrid have become the first club to successfully retain the Champions League in the modern era, beating Juventus 4-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. With that win, Los Blancos have secured their 12th Champions League trophy.
A brace from Ronaldo, who yet again turned up for the big occasion ensured Real’s Champions League win over Juventus.
The first half was end to end stuff with Juventus getting the better of things early on. Juve forced the first couple of chances within the first ten minutes, with Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic forcing Keylor Navas into making two good saves from their efforts.
Cristiano Ronaldo showed his class once again, putting Madrid a goal up on the 20th minute mark, after some great build up play between Ronaldo and Carvajal down the right, in which the full back laid it off to the Portuguese star who slotted home to the delight of the Madrid fans.
Real’s lead didn’t even last ten minutes, as Pjanic hit a long ball towards Alex Sandro who played it in to the box, Mandzukic chested and hit a brilliant overhead kick into the top corner. The goal will surely go down as one of the greatest goals in Champions League history.
In the second half, Madrid started off on the front foot, with Modric having a early chance from range, as well as Marcelo being dangerous on that left hand side. Casemiro popped up with a long range effort in the 61st minute, which took a big deflection on its way past Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal.
Three minutes later, Ronaldo scored his second of the game after a ball in near post by Luka Modric was met by the Madrid talisman who netted his 600th goal for club and country and it seemed there was no way back for Allegri’s men.
There was controversy towards the end as a tackle came in from Sergio Ramos on Juan Caudrado. Caudrado then lightly stood on Ramos’s foot and the Spaniard overreacted and his reaction led the referee into producing a second yellow for Cuadrado and he was sent off.
The reaction wasn’t necessary from Ramos as the game was effectively over and it brought a slight blip on Real’s success in the game.
Marcos Asensio made it four after great work down the left by Marcelo, who squared it and young midfielder comfortably dispatched it from about six yards out.
Real Madrid now play Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8th