Real Madrid Win The Champions League

Real Madrid were crowned the UEFA Champions League winners with three goals in extra time as they beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final at the Estadio da Luz in Portugal on Saturday.

Regular time ended 1-1 after Diego Godin’s 36th minute opener was cancelled by Sergio Ramos in the third minute of injury time to take the game into extra time.

Goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo then saw them to victory in the additional 30 minutes.

It was a cagey start to the game by both teams with neither allowing the other any space in the middle of the park with Cristiano Ronaldo in particular being closely watched by the Atletico defence.

This resulted in chances on goal being few and far between as both teams struggled to break down the others defensive structures and had to shoot from distance early on.

Atletico suffered a big blow in the ninth minute when their top striker in Diego Costa had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Adrian Lopez.

The first effort on goal came in the 14th minute when Raul Garcia tried his luck from long range, but saw his powerful shot sail over the crossbar.

Nine minutes later Luka Modric tested the fingertips of Thibaut Courtois with a 25-yard free-kick, but he was up to the challenge with a good save.

Ronaldo also had an effort on goal from a 24-yard free-kick in the 28th minute, but his well-struck shot was superbly saved by the keeper.

Gareth Bale should have opened the scoring for Real just after the half hour mark when he latched onto a loose pass from Tiago Mendes an drove into the box, but he saw his 16-yard shot shave the wrong side of the post.

Atletico took the lead in the 36th minute due to a goalkeeping error by Iker Casillas.

A nothing ball into the box saw Casillas shoot off his goaline and stranded in no man’s land when Diego Godin’s 14-yard header looped over him and into the back of the net, 1-0.

Atletico came close to doubling his side’s lead four minutes before the break when Adrian Lopez met a corner-kick with a strong header, but he saw his ten-yard effort go just over the crossbar.

The start of the second half saw Atletico suffer a siege on their goal with Real trying to find their way back into the match.

Ronaldo came close in the 54th minute when he saw his stinging 24-yard free-kick brilliantly tipped over the bar by Courtois.

Isco also came close in the 67th minute when his low 20-yard shot went inches wide of the post with the keeper well-beaten.

Six minutes later Ronaldo teed up Bale on the edge of the box, but his shot also skimmed the wrong side of the post.

In the 77th minute Bale was at the heart of the Real attack once more when he broke behind the Atletico defence and drove into the box, but his shot from eight-yards out hit the side-netting.

Finally, in the third minute of injury time Sergio Ramos equalised for Real when he headed home a corner-kick, 1-1, and took the game into an extra 30 minutes.

Both sets of players looked tired in extra time, but a great run from Di Maria in the 110th minute of the game saw him break into the box before his shot was deflected into the path of Bale who headed home from a couple of yards out, 2-1.

Atletico tried to find their way back into the game, but Real sealed their tenth Champions League title with a goal from Marcelo in the 117th minute, 3-1.

The icing on the cake for Real was their fourth goal, scored by Ronaldo from the penalty spot after he was brought down inside the box by Godin

  • in the dying seconds of the game, 4-1.
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