Ronaldo Scores Brace As Real Madrid Put Four Past Ten-men Juventus To Become First Side To Successfully Defend Champions League As Los Blancos Win Duodécima In Cardiff Final

UEFA Champions League


June 3rd

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

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20′ Ronaldo

29′ Mandžukić

61′ Casemiro

64′ Ronaldo

83′ Cuadrado Sent off (Second bookable offence)

90′ Asensio

Real Madrid became the first side to successfully retain the UEFA Champions League in successive seasons as they defeated Juventus 4-1 in the Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, to win a record 12th title (Duodécima) in the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in three separate Champions League Finals as he briefly put the Spaniards ahead before a spectacular acrobatic volley from Mario Mandžukić levelled the scores, nine minutes later. Casemiro then put Madrid ahead just after the hour-mark through a deflected strike before further goals from Ronaldo and substitute Marco Asensio ensured the Spanish Champions sealed the double after substitute Juan Cuadrado received a second yellow card and his marching orders after clashing with Sergio Ramos.

The Italians started well and went close in the third minute when former Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín beat Casemiro before firing an effort at-goal that Keylor Navas parried before gathering at the second-attempt.

Three minutes later the Bianconeri had another good chance when a headed-clearance from Raphäel Varane fell to Miralem Pjanić, whose half-volley was brilliantly palmed away by Navas.

In the 20th minute Real Madrid took the lead when Ronaldo exchanged passes with Dani Carvajal, whose pull-back found the Portuguese, who fired the ball home via a deflection off Leonardo Bonucci. The goal meant Ronaldo became the first player to score in three Champions League Finals.

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However the Spanish Champions led for barely nine minutes as Juventus drew level. Higuaín teed up Mandžukić, who chested the ball before volleying home spectacularly with acrobatic effort that flew into the top-corner past Navas.

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Three minutes later the Merengues had a good chance when an Isco cross fell into the path of Ronaldo, but he miscued his diving-header and his effort drifted wide.

Eight minutes into the second-half Madrid went close when Luka Modrić received the ball before firing an effort at-goal from-range that Gianluigi Buffon saved well.

In the 61st minute Real Madrid went ahead when Casemiro fired home from-range thanks to a fortuitous deflection off former Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

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Three minutes later the Spanish side extended their lead when Ronaldo latched onto Modrić’s cross to volley home at the near-post past Buffon. The goal meant he leapfrogged Lionel Messi to score twelve goals in this season’s tournament.

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In the 81st minute the Bianconeri had a good chance to pull a goal back when a Dani Alves freekick was flicked-on by Alex Sandro, but he headed the ball just wide.

Two minutes later any chance of a Juventus comeback were dealt a blow when substitute Juan Cuadrado, who was already booked, received a second yellow card for a coming-together with Sergio Ramos, who made the most of it, before the Colombian saw red.

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Substitute Juan Cuadrado is sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a coming together with sergio Ramos. Image from: Getty

Madrid made it four on the 90th minute when Marcelo got to the byline and pulled the ball back to substitute Asensio, who fired home.

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Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s fourth. Image from: EPA

The result meant that Real Madrid completed the double, having won the league already this season. The title was their 12th Champions League title overall and the victory also meant that they became the first side to successfully defend the Champions League title in consecutive seasons since the competition was formerly known as the European Cup (Milan were the last side to defend the European Cup back in 1990). The defeat for Juventus meant that the Italian side lost a third consecutive Champions League Final following defeats in 2003 and 2015. Their last triumph came back in 1996, 21 years ago, which was their second title.

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Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League for the second consecutive season, becoming the first side to defend the title. Image from: Getty

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