- Real Madrid Champions of Europe -
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - FINAL
|Real Madrid||*1 - 1||Atletico Madrid|
||(5 - 3)
Real Madrid are the 2016 UEFA Champions League Champions! After a 1-1 draw in normal and extra time, Real was victorious 5 - 3 in the penalty shoot-out and were crowned Champions of Europe for the second time in 3 years.
The fans from both Madrid teams created a fantastic atmosphere before the game in Milan today. At the start of the match, Real Madrid was the better side and came extremely close to opening the score. Oblank made a point-blank save after Benzema connected with Bale's in-swinging free-kick. The breakthrough came for Real from another set play in the 14th minute, when Kroos's free-kick was flicked on by Bale and Ramos scuffled the ball past Oblank. Real Madrid continued to control the pace of the game for the first 25 minutes, but Atletico began to press in the second part of the half. Griezmann missed a great opportunity to pull level in the final 10 minutes of the first period and Real took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Atletico came out of the locker-rooms on the offensive and two minutes after the break they were awarded a penalty from Pepe's tackle on Torres. However, Griezmann's thunderous strike from the spot hit the crossbar and stayed out. Atletico continued to press in Real's half, but the equalizer didn't come. Real Madrid found space to attack and missed two great opportunities to put the game away and with 11 minutes remaining, Atletico punished their city rivals for their missed chances. Juanfran played a fantastic one-touch cross to Carassco who equalized with a difficult tap in. Both teams threatened in the final ten minutes, but the scores remained tied and the game was sent to extra time.
In extra time neither team created a classical chance to score and the match went into a penalty shoot-out. With Real ahead 4-3, Juanfran's penalty hit the post and stayed out. Ronaldo stepped up for Real Madrid's 5th penalty, finding the back of the net and giving Real Madrid the 2016 UEFA Champions League Title!
This is Real Madrid's 11th Champions League title in their history, the most out of any other club in Europe. Additionally, the Merengues are crowned champions of European soccer for the second time in three years. On the losing end, Atletico once again fell short against their city rivals after today's rematch of the 2014 Champions League final.
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