Real Madrid – Once again champions!
One of the winners would write history. Both teams want the trophy as much. There would be little space for error. Real Madrid have won the La Liga and wanted now to be the first team to defend the Champions League title ever. Meanwhile Juventus wanted to win the Champions League for the first time with Buffon. The legendary goalkeeper have never won the title and is the only title missing on his shelf. Juventus also would have won their first treble after winning the scudetto and Copa Italia.
Zidane have had one of the most prestigious careers ever in history. And as a coach he has already started writing history 18 months after his first appointment. In his first season, he managed to win the Champions League which also was the 11th time Real Madrid won a European cup. This season he has already won the league and now had the chance to be the first to defend the Champions League title and also win Real Madrid´s 12th European title.
Massimo Allegri said in the press meeting before the game that he still has the final against Barcelona three years ago in his mind. He would make sure that this would not have the same results. He choose to start with the same team that started against Monaco in the semi-finals. So did Zidane do, playing the same eleven players that played Atletico Madrid.
The game started and it was Juventus controlling the game. But Real Madrid took the lead through the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo. During the group stage he only managed to score two goals. But in the knockout stage he scored 10 goals. And this was his first goal for the evening. But just before halftime Mandzukic scored a stunner. With his back to the goal he scored an overhead kick and Navas was chanceless. First half finished 1-1.
In the second half it was all Real Madrid and Juventus dropped their good first half form. It was Caseimero who gave the Spaniards the lead. A distant shot that touched a player before passing Buffon into the goal. Ronaldo scored his second and Real Madrid´s third for the night. Making it 12 goals in total for him this Champions League, one more than Lionel Messi.
Cuadrado entered in the second half, a desperate try by Allegri in hope of getting in another goal to have chance. The same player got booked twice and received a red card. The second yellow was somewhat a poor decision, the replay showed that Sergio Ramos dived and the card should never been there. With one man less Asensio took the chance and scored his first Champons League final goal. And Zidane will surely be hoping that this is not his last.
Real Madrid won fairly with 4-1 and Juventus solid defense which they were famous for never appeared solid. Not even close. Instead they were shaky, somewhat nervous and Buffon made some poor decision. Zidane can now add another Champions League trophy to his merits and becomes the first one to defend his trophy. Real Madrid still holds the record for most won European titles. And 3 titles in four year is not a bad achievement.
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