Real Madrid celebrates 12th European Cup with fans in Spain

07 June, 2017, 10:58 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Sergio Ramos is the real hero of Real Madrid

Victory crowned a glorious season for Madrid, who have pulled off a La Liga and European Cup double for the first time since 1958, having also won the Club World Cup and European Super Cup. Since then, he has played - and lost - in three finals against AC Milan (in 2003), Barcelona (2015), and Madrid.

Real Madrid Champions League final last Saturday (3 June), over 11 million unique viewers watched the game at some point on Atresmedia's Antena 3.

"In the second half Real Madrid pushed the accelerator", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said, "and we remained too static and sat back too long".

"It is another record, a record that these players deserve and we are delighted".

We're enjoying winning them at the moment, so we'll continue to do so.

It was Zidane's stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen that won Real the 2002 title in Glasgow, while past year, five months after replacing Rafael Benitez as coach, he breathed new life into a demotivated team and took them to the Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo's 20th-minute opener was cancelled out by a stupendous Mario Mandzukic goal, the Croatian chesting down Gonzalo Higuain's volleyed lay-off and arcing a sublime volley over Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

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But Bale was reduced to the role of bit-part player after recent injury problems, sent on only for the final 13 minutes at the National Stadium of Wales with the game already won. (Miralem) Pjanic's shot was deflected wide, Casemiro's shot was deflected into the goal.

A brace by Cristiano Ronaldo, and strikes from Casemiro and Marco Asensio ensured that the Old Lady would once again be the bridesmaids in a season where they swept all domestic honours on offer.

"If our current team is complemented with new players, we'll be really competitive in the Champions League next year".

Asensio added: "Since the beginning of the season I knew I wanted to stay here, I wanted to gain minutes to play these kind of games and it's been an incredible season". "I think I'll be here next year!"

The Frenchman recalled previous criticism when he said: "I don't want to say I'm very good because before I was scandalously bad as a coach and now I'm supposed to be the best".

The BBC strike force has disintegrated, with Karim Benzema working hard but not particularly unsafe alongside Ronaldo, while persistent injuries have spoiled Gareth Bale's season.

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