Champions League Final Review

Real Madrid vs Juventus

Champions League Final Review

A dominant second half saw Real Madrid win their third Champions League trophy in four years.

 

Both teams came into the game on the back of domestic league victories as the champions of Spain took on the champions of Italy. From the first whistle, both teams cancelled each other out whilst looking dangerous infront of goal.

It was Real Madrid who opened the scoring, as unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to squeeze a shot past Buffon, who has yet to win the Champions League despite getting to the final on several occasions.

However, this didn’t deter Juventus as a period of headers and volleys lead to Mario Mandžukić producing a spectacular equaliser in the form of an overhead kick, which will go down as one of the best goals in Champions League history.

Going into half time, both teams looked like they had every chance of going on to win the game, but it was Real Madrid who dominated throughout the second half.

It was Casimero’s goal that opened the floodgates, although it was a somewhat dubious goal, as it took a wicked deflection leaving it out of the reach on Buffon. Cristiano Ronaldo then added to his record as the competitions highest scorer with another tidy finish at the front post.

The mood in the stadium was then changed slightly as some play acting from Sergio Ramos saw Juan Cuadrado get sent off for standing on the centreback’s foot. The 21 year old, Asensio then added to Juventus’ misery to make it 4-1 in the 90th minute.

This was definitely a game of two halves, with Real Madrid being the deserved winners by the final whistle.