Real Madrid Wins 2016 UEFA Champions League.
Spanish Club Real Madrid has beaten city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties to win the 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League Trophy in Milan in a dramatic and fiercely-fought match. Celebrations filled the stadium as Cristiano Ronaldo lashed home the winning kick from the spot to make it 5-3 to Los Blancos after the match had finished 1-1 with neither side able to find the net in extra time. See Match stats and More pictures after the cut . . .
This caps a fairytale conclusion to a first season at the helm for Zinedine Zidane after he replaced Rafael Benitez in the dugout in January. The French icon becomes the seventh man to win the cup both as a player and as a manager.
Atletico had seen their hopes of a maiden success in Europe’s premier competition deflated by their arch rivals in Lisbon two years ago and it was a case of deja vu in more ways than one as Diego Simeone’s men came up agonisingly short on the night.
Sergio Ramos, who had scored the last-gasp equaliser to deny Atletico the trophy in their previous final showdown, was their nemesis once more as he touched home Gareth Bale’s flick-on from Toni Kroos’ left-wing free kick to give Real the lead on 15 minutes.
There was a touch of offside about the goal but it was not seen by referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistants, meaning Ramos joined an elite group of just four defenders who have scored in a European Cup final.
Antonie Griezmann smashed a penalty against the crossbar within minutes of the restart but Atletico continued to press until Carrasco crashed in Juanfran’s delicious cross from close range to force extra time.
Both sides had chances to snatch the victory but it ultimately came down to spot kicks with Juanfran the first to miss after seven superb attempts, leaving Ronaldo – who was a doubt for the match – to take the honour of delivering the title for Real.
Source: Euro Sports