UCL FINAL – REAL MADRID WIN 11th CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY
Real Madrid handed Atletico Madrid another cruel Champions League final defeat when Cristiano Ronaldo’s spot kick saw them beat their neighbours on penalties to win Europe’s top club trophy for a record 11th time on Saturday.
The match ended 1-1 after extra time as Atletico, giving their usual never-say-die performance, conceded an early goal, missed a penalty, clung on by the skin of their teeth and then found the strength to equalise at the San Siro.
But it was all in vain as Juanfran struck their fourth penalty against the post, allowing a previously subdued Ronaldo to stride up and coolly blast home the decisive penalty for a 5-3 shootout win – his third European Cup success.
Real’s former playmaker Zinedine Zidane was left to celebrate winning Europe’s elite club competition five months after starting his first coaching job and become the seventh man to claim the trophy as both a player and a manager.
Gareth Bale says Real Madrid showed ‘great character’ to beat Atletico Madrid on penalties in the Champions League final.
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