Saturday, 3 June 2017

Real Madrid Makes UEFA Champions League History

Real Madrid Makes Champions League History

Real Madrid became the first side to win the UEFA Champions League back to back after defeating Juventus 4-1 at the Millennium stadium Cardiff.

Madrid started the game with just a change to the side that featured in their final la Liga game with Carvajal replacing Danilo in the starting line-up, Isco also started the game ahead of Gareth Bale.

Juventus made seven changes to the side that played their last Seria A match with Buffon, Chiellini, Bonucci, Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Pjanic and Mandzukic returning to the starting line-up.

With Juventus looking to put their 2014/2015 Champions league final loss against Barcelona behind them, they started the game well creating chances early in the game Keylor Navas was able to save Higuain's header and also Pjanic's long range shot.

Madrid began to find their footing as the game progressed and went ahead in the 20th minute when Carvajal found Ronaldo with a pull back Ronald  at the edge of the box from the right hand side of the pitch, the reigning world best player struck the ball first time into the bottom left corner.

Seven minutes later Mandzukic equalized for Juventus with a stunning overhead kick that flew past Navas into the top corner of the net.

Both sides began the second half with Madrid dominating play, Buffon saved a long range left footed effort from Modric in the 55th minute.

Three minutes later Casemiro restored Madrid's lead with a long range strike that deflected off Khedira on its way into the bottom left corner of the net.

Ronaldo got his brace in the 64th minute with a close range strike from a Modric pass, his 12th Champions League goal of the season making him the highest goal scorer of the competition.

Cuadrado was given shown a second yellow card of the game in the 84th minute for a push on Sergio Ramos who went down quite easily, before Asensio completed the rout scoring Madrid's fourth goal with a low shot into the bottom corner from inside the box.

Juventus have now lost Seven Champions League final more than any other European side.

Ronaldo has now scored in three UEFA Champions League finals, just two behind Madrid Legend Alfredo Di Stefano.


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