- Retains UEFA Champions League Trophy
- Ronaldo Scores Twice To Crush Juventus 4-1
Living up to pre-match expectations, reigning world best footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid into the history books as they defeated Juventus of Italy at the Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium to retain the UEFA Champions league trophy.
Twice on target, the Portuguese skipper showed strength of character to propel the newly crowned La Liga champions, Madrid to a well-deserved victory, thumping their opponents, Serie A champions 4-1 to emerge the first team to ever win the title back-to-back.
Ronaldo, who fired Madrid ahead in the 20th minute, notched his 600th career goal in the process and also became the first player ever to score in three Champions League Finals.
The goal came off Daniel Carvajal’s cross and the current Ballon D’Or holder Ronaldo did enough to guide the ball into the net for the Galacticos’ first strike of the night.
However, within minutes, the old Ladies of Turin, Juve were back on level terms with a wonder goal from Mario Mandzukic, who arrowed a bicycle kick into the top corner for his 11th goal of the season and a second Champions League final goal.
Mario also became the third player ever to score for two different clubs in a final, having also netted for Bayern Munich against Dortmund in 2013.
With such a remarkable first half performance in their kitty, both teams came out smoking in the second half but with action delivered on a much slower pace. It was obvious that they were being cautious which made the match was much tighter.
Things however went awry for Juve in 61 minutes as Casemiro’s 25-yard shot wickedly deflected on Sami Khedira past Gianlugi Buffon to give Madrid the lead again. Yet to come off the shocker and organize themselves, the Italians conceded a third goal three minutes later with Ronaldo adding his second of the night from close range to make it 3 -1 and his 600th career goal.
Unfortunately, the evening got even worse for the Turin’s Old Ladies as substitute Juan Cuadrado got the marching order for a second yellow card following a rough tackle on Sergio Ramos.
This sending off finally buried the Italians’ hopes of a possible comeback as substitute Marco Asensio completed the rout scoring with Madrid’s fourth goal in the dying seconds.