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Home comforts bring second title for Madrid

Published: Monday 1 September 2014, 9.58CET
Real Madrid CF 2-0 AC Fiorentina
Madrid extended their reign as champions of Europe with a comfortable victory in front of an enormous crowd in their own stadium.
Home comforts bring second title for Madrid
Raymond Kopa provided the pass for Francisco Gento's goal that sealed victory for Madrid ©AFP
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Published: Monday 1 September 2014, 9.58CET

Home comforts bring second title for Madrid

Real Madrid CF 2-0 AC Fiorentina
Madrid extended their reign as champions of Europe with a comfortable victory in front of an enormous crowd in their own stadium.

To the delight of 124,000 spectators at the Santiago Bernabéu, a second-half penalty by Alfredo Di Stéfano and a sublime chip by Francisco Gento ensured Real Madrid CF retained the European Champion Clubs' Cup by defeating AC Fiorentina.

Despite the advantage of having a boisterous home crowd egging on their every move, Madrid allowed the Italian side freedom of possession during the opening minutes, as both teams tentatively weighed each other up. Once settled in however, José Villalonga's troops stamped their authority on the match and began attacking the rival goal with fervour.

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Di Stéfano, Raymond Kopa and José Rial pounded Fiorentina's goal but were met by goalkeeper Giuliano Sarti, who showed that he was in outstanding form with a clutch of commendable saves including a superb acrobatic leap to deny Gento.

The match continued along similar lines during the second half with a stubborn Fiorentina blocking each Madrid advance. However, the home side's luck changed when Dutch referee Leo Horn pointed straight to the spot after Enrique Mateos was brought down in the area in the 70th minute.

Sarti darted off his line but was powerless to stop Di StÈfano's penalty, rifled home with gusto to put Madrid in front to the relief of an increasingly nervous home crowd.

The match was put beyond Fiorentina's reach six minutes later by a touch of brilliance from Gento – arguably Madrid's best player on the day. The Cantabrian striker was released by a precise ball from Kopa, dodged past a series of Italian defenders, then just at the right moment flicked the ball over a helpless Sarti.

Sensing that the contest was over, the stadium erupted with joy while Fiorentina were left without the energy or appetite to make any kind of response.

Last updated: 26/05/15 12.00CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

fiorentina

Fiorentina

1
AlonsoJuan Alonso (GK)
1
SartiGiuliano Sarti (GK)
2
TorresManuel Torres
2
MagniniArdico Magnini
3
MarquitosMarquitos
3
CervatoSergio Cervato (C)
4
LesmesRafael Lesmes
4
ScaramucciAldo Scaramucci
5
MuñozMiguel Muñoz (C)
5
OrzanAlberto Orzan
6
ZárragaJosé Maria Zárraga
6
SegatoArmando Segato
7
KopaRaymond Kopa
7
JulinhoJulinho
8
MateosEnrique Mateos
8
GrattonGuido Gratton
9
Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano
Goal69
9
VirgiliGiuseppe Virgili
10
RialJosé Hector Rial
10
MontuoriMiguel Angel Montuori
11
GentoFrancisco Gento
Goal75
11
BizzarriClaudio Bizzarri

Coach

José Villalonga (ESP) Dr Fulvio Bernardini (ITA)

Referee

Leopold Sylvain Horn (NED)

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