Real Madrid made history again on Saturday as they became the first team to retain the Champions League in its modern expanded format. This current Madrid side also cemented their place as one of this competition’s best-ever teams by easing to a 4-1 win over a Juventus side that had only conceded 3 goals before the finals.
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Felix Brych
Ronaldo opened the scoring, playing a one-two with Carvajal before sweeping a 15-yard shot inside the far post.
Juventus showed their famed tough mentality by taking charge of the game after the setback. In the 27th, Mandzukic scored one of the greatest Champions League goals. An overhead kick which looped over Navas.
Juventus kept controlling the tempo of the game up until halftime.
Real Madrid came out for the second half with purpose, with Isco and Ronaldo coming close. In the 61st minute, Casemiro fired a speculative shot which deflected off Khedira and into the net.
Three minutes later Modric drove to the byline and hooked the ball back to Ronaldo and he hit the ball first-time past Buffon.
Substitute Juan Cuadrado picked up a second yellow card for a late foul on Ramos. His dismissal ended any fight left in the already beaten Juve side.
Madrid Substitute Asensio scored after he was set-up by Marcelo. His goal meant celebrations could begin in earnest.
REAL MADRID, KINGS OF EUROPE
Real’s record 12th triumph in the competition and third in four seasons was orchestrated by Ronaldo. He has now scored in three different Champions League finals. Ronaldo had been bashed and called a finished man, but he ended the night as Real’s hero. Scoring two, winning his third Champions League winners’ medal for the club and his fourth in total.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in three different Champions League finals (2017, 2014 and 2008), more than any other player.
- Ronaldo scored his 600th goal in all competitions for club and country.
- Mandzukic (Bayern, Juventus) became the third player to score in a European Cup final for different teams after Velibor Vasovic (Partizan Belgrade, Ajax) and Cristiano Ronaldo (United, Madrid).
- Real are the first team in the Champions League era to retain the trophy.
- Juan Cuadrado became the third player to be sent off in a Champions League final, after Jens Lehmann (2006) and Didier Drogba (2008).
- Zinedine Zidane is the first manager to win back-to-back European Cup/Champions League trophies since Arrigo Sacchi with AC Milan (1989, 1990).
- Real have won their last six European Cup finals, last losing one in 1981 versus Liverpool.
- Real became the first team in Champions League history to score 500+ goals (503 goals total).
- Juve have now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.
- Juve have lost seven European Cup/Champions League finals in total.
Possession: Juventus 44% Real Madrid 56%
Shots: Juventus 9 Real Madrid 18
Shots on target: Juventus 4 Real Madrid 5