Saturday, 3 June 2017

UCL Final: Real Madrid Beat Juventus 4-1 To Retain Trophy

Real madrid are still European champions...

Real Madrid won its 12th UEFA Champions League title, a third in four years, by beating Juventus 4-1 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, and Casemiro’s 60th minute goal was the winner. Marco Asensio scored in stoppage time to complete the quartet of goals.

Mario Mandzukic’s overhead kick stands at Juventus’ lone goal. Juve has now lost seven of nine UCL Finals, the most of any team.
Real captain Sergio Ramos jumps on Ronaldo as the Los Blancos players catch up with their star man near the corner flag
Real coach Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues - as well as this season's La Liga title - since he took charge in January 2016.

Juve dominated the opening stages of the game with Gonzalo Higuain managing two attempts inside the first four minutes -- first heading a cross at Keylor Navas before testing the Madrid keeper with a long distance strike just a few moments later.
Juve continued to come forward early on and after six minutes it was Miralem Pjanic's turn to have a go from range, bringing out an excellent stop from Navas with a stinging low drive.

But Madrid soon got into the game. Ronaldo started the scoring when his left-footed shot off a 1-2 with Dani Carvajal completed a well-worked team goal to give Real a 20th minute lead.
Los Blancos quickly changed from their purple away kit to their white shirts after the match

But seven minutes later, Mandzukic erased the lead and many memories of Ronaldo’s wild celebration. Leonardo Bonucci played a pinpoint diagonal ball to Sandro, who cut the ball back for Gonzalo Higuain.

The striker moved the ball to Mandzukic, who chested it into range for a wonderful overhead kick that eluded the reach of Keylor Navas. 1-1.

Real picked up several yellow cards, and it was clear there was as tactical decision to tackle hard and foul often.

Madrid, though, could have been back in front once more in the 33rd minute when Marcelo got to the byline and picked out Ronaldo in the middle, but the Portugal captain miscued his header and missed the target.

Early in the second half, Andrea Barzagli was beaten by Isco but made an incredible recovery and daring tackle to force a corner than Raphael Varane headed off Leonardo Bonucci.

Luka Modric tore into a shot that Buffon corralled as the clock hit 54, and Real reclaimed the advantage six minutes later.

Zinedine Zidane's side were rewarded after a hard battle when Casemiro's hit from the edge of the area took a big deflection off Sami Khedira and looped past Buffon into the corner in the 61st minute.

Three minutes later, it was a third for Madrid when Ronaldo arrived at the near post to meet Modric's delivery and slot the ball first time past Buffon for his second of the night and his 600th goal in all competitions for club and country.
Sandro came close to flicking Dani Alves’ free kick inside the far post in the 82nd minute, and it felt like defeat for Juve was assured by the ball bounding wide of the woodwork.

Cuadrado, who had come on in the 66th minute, was dismissed six minutes from the end after picking up a second yellow card for a push on Sergio Ramos.

There was still time for a fourth for Madrid, with substitute Asensio finding the bottom corner after being found in the middle by Marcelo in stoppage time.

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