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Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again

Published: Saturday 28 May 2016, 23.58CET
Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid (Real Madrid win 5-3 on pens)
The Merengues recorded their 11th European Cup win and second against Atlético, Cristiano Ronaldo converting the decisive spot kick.
Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again
The Real Madrid players celebrate their club's 11th European Cup win ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Real MadridAtlético

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts25
 
18
on target8
 
4
off target6
 
11
blocked11
 
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners7
 
6
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards6
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
17
Passes557
 
627
completed497
 
543

Standings

 
Published: Saturday 28 May 2016, 23.58CET

Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again

Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid (Real Madrid win 5-3 on pens)
The Merengues recorded their 11th European Cup win and second against Atlético, Cristiano Ronaldo converting the decisive spot kick.

  • Real Madrid win the European Cup for the 11th time and second in three seasons
  • Cristiano Ronaldo converts the winning spot kick in the shoot-out
  • Half-time substitute Yannick Carrasco equalises for Atlético Madrid
  • Sergio Ramos, who levelled in the 2014 decider against Atlético, puts Madrid ahead; later voted UEFA Man of the Match 
  • Antoine Griezmann rattles the crossbar with a 47th-minute penalty

Real Madrid prevailed on penalties as they eventually got the better of Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final for the second time in three seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a quiet match by his high standards, scored the decisive spot kick after Juanfran had hit the base of the post with the eighth attempt of the shoot-out. Substitute Yannick Carrasco's 79th-minute equaliser cancelled out a first-half strike by Sergio Ramos, whose own – last-gasp – leveller against the Rojiblancos had forced extra time in Lisbon two years ago.

The contest was at odds with Diego Simeone's prediction that "the game will be very tense" as both sides went at it before fatigue took its toll, Casemiro forcing a fine reaction save out of Jan Oblak after getting on the end of Gareth Bale's inswinging free-kick from the right.

On the quarter-hour mark it was a Toni Kroos set piece from the opposite flank that proved Atlético's undoing. Bale, having lost his marker, flicked it on and Ramos manoeuvred around Stefan Savić to prod the ball under Oblak.

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Atlético's purposeful start to the second period bore fruit when Pepe fouled Fernando Torres in the area. Opting for power rather than placement, Antoine Griezmann blasted his penalty against the crossbar.

Madrid might have doubled their lead inside the last 20 minutes through Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale, whose shot was blocked in front of goal by Savić. Moments later, Juanfran exchanged passes with Gabi and crossed for half-time substitute Carrasco to turn in his first UEFA Champions League goal of the campaign.

Analysis by Andrew Haslam at Stadio San Siro

UEFA Man of the Match: Sergio Ramos
How Atlético must be sick of the sight of the Madrid captain. The defender does not get many goals – just two this season before tonight – and had not found the net in the UEFA Champions League in two years. His last European goal denied Atlético in the 2014 final, though, and he was at it again here, becoming the fifth player to score in two UEFA Champions League finals, and the first defender.

UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu said Ramos was selected as the official Man of the Match by the UEFA technical observers, including Sir Alex Ferguson, "for his outstanding defensive display, inspirational leadership and of course his offensive contribution in scoring the first goal".

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Atlético's final heartbreak
No side had ever lost their first three European Cup finals, with Juventus and Barcelona the only other clubs to have suffered two initial final defeats. Both landed the trophy at the third time of asking, in 1985 and 1992 respectively, and Atlético must have fancied emulating them – but Madrid had not lost a European Cup final since 1981 and that pedigree proved too strong again.

Griezmann loses out to Navas again
Griezmann missed a penalty against Madrid in the Liga in October and failed again from the spot this evening. Keylor Navas had saved that spot kick eight months ago and played a crucial role here, psyching out the French international – who had converted his other two penalties in open play this term. Griezmann had better luck in the shoot-out, yet to no avail.

Atlético spirit shines through
Simeone's team had lost just one of their ten meetings with Real Madrid since the Lisbon final – albeit that came in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final – and they kept their heads superbly to work their way back into this.

Carrasco's Belgian first
Carrasco has regularly been used as an impact player by Simeone during this campaign but can scarcely have had such a significant contribution to make as here. Not only was his balance and willingness to run with the ball crucial in steadily pushing Madrid back, but he hammered in the equaliser – making him the first Belgian to score in a European Cup final. Nice celebration with his partner too.

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Last updated: 03/08/16 15.28CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

atlético

Atlético

1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
Yellow Card47
13
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card112 ET
2
GodínDiego Godín
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
Goal15
Yellow Card90+3
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
Substitution109 ET
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
6
KokeKoke
Substitution116 ET
8
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution72
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Penalty48
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution77
9
TorresFernando Torres
Yellow Card61
11
BaleGareth Bale
12
FernándezAugusto Fernández
Substitution46
12
MarceloMarcelo
14
GabiGabi (C)
Yellow Card90+3
14
CasemiroCasemiro
Yellow Card79
15
SavićStefan Savić
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
Yellow Card11
Substitution52
17
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
20
JuanfranJuanfran

Substitutes

13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
6
NachoNacho
5
TiagoTiago
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
16
CorreaÁngel Correa
18
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
Substitution77
19
Lucas HernándezLucas Hernández
Substitution109 ET
20
JeséJesé
21
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution46
Goal79
22
IscoIsco
Substitution72
22
ParteyThomas Partey
Substitution116 ET
23
DaniloDanilo
Substitution52
Yellow Card93 ET
24
GiménezJosé María Giménez

Coach

Zinédine Zidane (FRA) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution