Zinedine Zidane confirmed his legend status at Real Madrid after masterminding a 4-1 win over 10-man Juventus in the Champions League final at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
- Juventus 1 Real Madrid 4
- Ronaldo scores in each half
- Mandzukic pulls Bianconeri level
- Casemiro fires Real back in front
- Cuadrado sent off late on
- Asensio rounds off historic win
The first half was evenly contested, with Zidane’s side taking the lead before Juve equalised soon afterwards to leave the score deadlocked at the break.
But Los Blancos stepped up their game in the second half and scored three more goals to become the first club in the history of the competition to retain the title.
The Spanish champions controlled proceedings in the opening 15 minutes and looked more dangerous going forward, but it was Juve who had all the early chances.
Gonzalo Higuain skipped through the middle with quick feet in the fourth minute to get off a low shot from 22 yards out that was gathered by Keylor Navas at the second attempt.
Navas then pulled off a fine one-handed save three minutes later to deny Miralem Pjanic, who controlled a clearance on his chest to set up a volley from 20 yards out.
But Los Blancos broke the deadlock from their first real opportunity in the final third when Cristiano Ronaldo played in Daniel Carvajal on the right and the right-back squared the ball back to the forward, whose first-time strike took a slight deflection off Leonardo Bonucci on its way into the bottom-left corner of the goal in the 20th minute.
Their lead lasted just seven minutes, however, as Juve hit back through Mario Mandzukic. It was a goal worthy of the occasion as the Croatian forward cushioned Higuain’s dinked pass from Alex Sandro’s volleyed cross from the left and hooked the ball into the top-right corner of the net from 14 yards out on the left.