Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the coveted Champions League trophy for the third time
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning spot kick as Real Madridbeat Atletico Madrid in a penalty shoot-out to win their 11thChampions League title.
It was a thrilling final at the San Siro which saw Atleti rally after a poor first-half performance.
Sergio Ramos put Los Blancos deservedly ahead after just 15 minutes when he poked Gareth Bale’s headed flick-on past goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who pulled off some remarkable saves in the Atletico net.
Real dominated the opening 45 minutes, but Diego Simeone’s men were gifted the chance to net an equaliser just seconds after the restart when Pepe conceded a penalty, only for star man Antoine Griezmann to send his spot kick against the bar.
Diego Simeone’s men struggled to fire on all cyliders for the majority of the game, and it seemed they could be left to rue that missed chance as a seemingly comfortable Real edged closer to victory.
But they suddenly sparked to life when half-time substitute Carrasco scored with just 11 minutes remaining to pull Atleti level and force extra-time.
It was a wonderful goal. Juanfran lost his marker on the right flank and a volleyed first-time cross caught out the Real defense, perfectly picking out Carrasco’s run as the 22-year-old Belgium fired in from close-range.
Both sides had chances to find the winner an the additional half-hour, but, with players suffering from cramp all over the pitch, it seemed the derby tie was destined to go to a shoot-out.
Both sides exhibited exquisite technique from the spot, but penalties can be cruel to even the best players and it was Atletico defender Juanfran who was guilty this time, as he fired his side’s fourth penalty against the post.
That left Portuguese superstar Ronaldo – who didn’t have his best game – to wrap up the win, and he made no mistake as Real were crowned champions of Europe again.