SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: REAL MADRID WINS ITS 11 TH EUROPEAN - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CUP

REAL MADRID WINS ITS 11 TH EUROPEAN - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CUP

Spanish Football Club Real Madrid defeated fellow city & country Club Atletico de Madrid 5-3 (1-1 after 90 mins) in the penalty shoot out of the Final of the UEFA Champions League

Its the 11th European Cup for Real Madrid & it furthers their legendary heritage in this competition. At. Madrid losses its 3rd final in "unlucky" circumstances & also lengthens its "bad streak" in this competition. 

Either team deserved to win, both played to their limits but the penalty shoot out is like a "casino" & a miss by At. Madrid defender Juanfran - hitting the post - was the equilibrium breaker. The winner came from Cristiano Ronaldo who seems to be destined to shine in these important Football occasions.

Real Madrid Champions League winners team photo

Real Madrid started well & scored first when a free kick flicked on by Bale found Sergio Ramos in the 15th min to score. After closer look the Real Madrid defender was off-side but the goal stood. From here onwards At. Madrid slowly pulled themselves back into the game & took control.

Sergio Ramos goal Champions Final 2016

In the 2ยบ half Atletico Coach Simeone made an important substitution putting on Carrasco for Augusto. This gave Atletico more punch up forward eventual winning a penalty which unfortunately Griezmann missed hitting the bar. Not phased Atletico continued attacking & the equalizer came from a Jaunfran pass that found Carrasco in the far post in the 79th min.

Carrasco goal Champions Final 2016

The match went into extra-time & players from both teams began falling like flies with muscle cramps & from fatigue. Players from both teams like Bale, Modric, Koke, Luis Felipe ... were basically out of action while the fresh substitutes like Vazquez, Danilo, Carrasco etc pulled the cart. Few more opportunities not taken appeared for both teams that ended in the "dreaded" penalty shoot out stage.

The equilibrium breaker was when Atletico defender Juanfran failed his penalty hitting the post. This allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to score the winner straight after to take Real Madrid onto its 11th European-Champions League title.

Congratulations to Real Madrid, & very proud of Atletico Madrid. The overall winner is Spanish Football.

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