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Majestic Real Madrid win Champions League in Cardiff

Published: Saturday 3 June 2017, 22.45CET
Real Madrid became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League, and Cristiano Ronaldo the first player to score in three finals, with a devastating 4-1 defeat of Juventus.
by Andrew Haslam from The National Stadium of Wales

Match statistics

JuventusReal Madrid

Goals scored1
 
4
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts11
 
18
on target4
 
5
off target3
 
6
blocked4
 
7
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
1
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed23
 
18
Fouls suffered16
 
22
Passes418
 
541
completed353
 
491

Standings

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Published: Saturday 3 June 2017, 22.45CET

Majestic Real Madrid win Champions League in Cardiff

Real Madrid became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League, and Cristiano Ronaldo the first player to score in three finals, with a devastating 4-1 defeat of Juventus.

Real Madrid became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League, and Cristiano Ronaldo the first player to score in three finals, as a clinical display proved too much for Juventus in Cardiff and secured their 12th European crown.

No side had won successive European Cups since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, and Madrid were set on their way by Ronaldo's deflected opener midway through the first half – their 500th goal in the competition. Mario Mandžukić swiftly brought Juve level with a stunning finish, but Madrid looked stronger thereafter and two goals in four minutes, from Casemiro and Ronaldo, and a late fourth by substitute Marco Asensio, clinched their third crown in four years.  

Juventus might have lost their four previous UEFA Champions League finals – including 2015 – but they started full of confidence, Gonzalo Higuaín forcing Keylor Navas into action twice in the first five minutes before Miralem Pjanić's stinging low shot was superbly pushed away by the goalkeeper.

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Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his and Real Madrid's first goal

Madrid, however, are masters of the clinical counterattack, and proved that again in the 20th minute. In a superb rapid break, Ronaldo played in Dani Carvajal down the right and found the space to sweep the ensuing low cross beyond Gianluigi Buffon and inside the far post with the help of a deflection off Leonardo Bonucci.

Juve came back strongly, though, and within seven minutes they were level. Gonzalo Higuaín flicked back to Mandžukić 15 metres out and, with his back to goal and defenders closing in, the Croatian improvised superbly to beat Navas with an acrobatic overhead kick.

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Casemiro wheels away after putting Madrid 2-1 up

With no let-up, Ronaldo miscued a header from Isco's inviting cross as Madrid ended the first half on top and they carried that into the second period. A goal appeared to be in the offing and it duly arrived a minute past the hour, Casemiro's first-time shot from 30 metres spinning in via a touch off Sami Khedira.

Three minutes later, the game was as good as settled. Luka Modrić was quickly in to win possession down the right, swap passes with Carvajal and deliver a fine cross to the near post where, inevitably, Ronaldo was waiting to divert beyond Buffon.

Juve never looked like mounting a second comeback and finished with ten men after substitute Juan Cuadrado tangled with Sergio Ramos to become the third player to be sent off in a European Cup final. Madrid crowned their evening in the closing seconds as Marcelo crossed for Asensio to slot in and complete a devastating second-half display.

Ronaldo: Cardiff glory caps spectacular year

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Another remarkable evening for the Portuguese star. Two typically assured finishes gave him his fourth UEFA Champions League final victory, made him the first player to score in three finals (all won), and made it 600 career goals for club and country. Oh, and he finished as the UEFA Champions League's top scorer for the fifth year in a row with 12 goals, ten of which have come from the quarter-finals onwards.

Reporters' views

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Marco Asensio enjoys scoring the late fourth goal

Joe Walker, Real Madrid (@UEFAcomJoeW)
History makers! There is something about the UEFA Champions League that brings out the best in Real Madrid and an irresistible 15-minute spell just after half-time did for Juventus. Whatever Zidane said to his charges at the interval worked and they dominated the second period after a very even first half. They are the first team to defend the competition in its current format and will already have eyes on making it a hat-trick in Kyiv next May.

Paolo Menicucci, Juventus (@UEFAcomPaoloM)
Once again Juventus fell at the last hurdle in their attempt to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1996. The Bianconeri have now lost five consecutive finals, seven out of nine in total. Two years ago a spectacular Barcelona attack ended their dream, this time they found Cristiano Ronaldo between themselves and the cup. Luck was not on their side as Madrid's first two goals came from deflected shots but Juve almost vanished in the second half, seemingly running out of gas in their most important game of the season when a historic treble appeared a concrete possibility.

Last updated: 14/07/17 9.24CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
2
CarvajalDani Carvajal
Yellow Card42
5
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Yellow Card66
Substitution71
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
Yellow Card31
6
KhediraSami Khedira
5
VaraneRaphaël Varane
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal20
Goal64
12
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Yellow Card70
8
KroosToni Kroos
Yellow Card53
Substitution89
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution66
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution77
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Goal27
12
MarceloMarcelo
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
14
CasemiroCasemiro
Goal61
21
DybalaPaulo Dybala
Yellow Card12
Substitution78
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
23
Dani AlvesDani Alves
22
IscoIsco
Substitution82

Substitutes

25
NetoNeto (GK)
13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
4
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
6
NachoNacho
7
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
Substitution66
Yellow Card72
Red Card84
11
BaleGareth Bale
Substitution77
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution71
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
18
LeminaMario Lemina
Substitution78
20
AsensioMarco Asensio
Substitution82
Goal90
Yellow Card90+1
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution89
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
23
DaniloDanilo

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Zinédine Zidane (FRA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution