Real Madrid are the champions of Europe for a record 11th time

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Champions League final: Real Madrid beat Atletico

Real Madrid are the champions of Europe for a record 11th time

2016 Real Madrid (Spain)
2015 Barcelona (Spain)
2014 Real Madrid (Spain)
2013 Bayern Munich (Germany)
2012 Chelsea (England)
2011 Barcelona (Spain)

Real Madrid produced a gritty display of football to beat city rivals Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties in the Champions League final.

Securing a record 11th European Cup in Milan’s San Siro stadium on Saturday, the opener came after 15 minutes with defender Sergio Ramos putting Real 1-0 up.

Atletico struggled to break through Real’s defences in a rather dull first half, with 32-year-old striker Fernando Torres failing to complete a single pass.

 

 

And things continued to worsen early on in the second when Antoine Griezmann became the first player to miss a penalty in the Champions League final since Arjen Robben in 2012, after striking the crossbar.

But in the 79th minute, Belgian Yannick Carrasco scored a goal from close range to put Atletico back in the game after a delightful cross from Juanfran.

Neither side was able to score again in either the 90 minutes or the 30 minutes of extra-time, and the match went to penalties.

After successful spot-kicks for Real by Lucas Vazquez, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos; and for Atletico by Antoine Griezmann, Gabi and Saul, Juanfran’s penalty was saved by Navas before Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty giving them a 5-3 shoot-out victory.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane and Atletico counterpart Diego Simeone had kept to the script with no real surprises in their respective line-ups for the final.

French striker Karim Benzema spearheaded the hosts’ attack flanked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Welshman Gareth Bale, in front of a three-man midfield composed of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos.

Zidane, who won the trophy as a player with Real in 2002, won his first major trophy on Saturday in what is the Frenchman’s first season in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

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