Real Madrid Champions League Winner 2017 Juventus 1-4 Madrid: Ronaldo Makes History as Madrif Retain Their Champions League Crown
Real Madrid Champions League Winner 2017 Real madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in three separate Champions League finals as Real Madrid retained their European crown with a crushing 4-1 victory over Serie A winners Juventus on Saturday evening in cardiff.
As the 2016 Ballon d’Or winner bagged himself a brace and proved a key influence in an enthralling final that was lit up by Mario Mandzukic’s stunning overhead goal .
Real Madrid Champions League Winner 2017 The Croatian’s effort has brought proceedings level in the first-half, but Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio struck after the break to seal a La Liga and Champions League double for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who at the same time ended the juventus own treble dreams.
History had already been made before kick-off as the match was the first European final to be held under a closed roof in Cardiff’s national stadium finale.
Real Madrid Champions League Winner 2017 The indoors feel made for an electric atmosphere by the time proceedings got under way, and it was Juventus who settled the best as Gonzalo Higuain saw two efforts comfortably saved by Keylor Navas, before the Costa Rican then made a fine low save to deny Miralem Pjanic long range.
Though quiet for much of the opening exchanges, Madrid came to life in the 19th minute and took the lead after a flowing move saw Ronaldo exchange passes with Dani Carvajal, before he then fired the ball into the bottom corner to give Gianluigi Buffon no chance.
It didn’t take long for the juventus to respond however, as Mandzukic hauled them level in spectacular style just seven minutes later first half.
The forward controlled Higuain’s stabbed pass from just inside the area and with his back to goal, hooked the ball over his shoulder and past Navas’ despairing dive.
Mario Mandžukić becomes the third player to score for two different clubs in a European Cup final
Despite the end-to-end encounter, neither side were able to test the opposing goalkeepers in what remained of the first-half as Ronaldo fluffed his lines with a diving header, whilst Juventus saw a number of attempts on goal bravely blocked by the Madrid defence.
Having conceded two goals just after the hour mark, Massimiliano Allegri’s team looked down and out, and failed to muster any kind of response.
The game ended on a slightly sour note when substitute Juan Cuadrado was bizarrely shown a red card for what appeared to be a very small push on Sergio Ramos.