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Real Madrid Capture La Décima

real-champions-leagueReal Madrid claimed their tenth European cup, coming from behind to beat Atlético. Sergio Ramos equalised in time added on to send the match into extra-time where Madrid claimed the title with three goals as the 4-1 final score flattered them.

Atletico seemed set for their first ever Champions League trophy as they led deep into stoppage time thanks to Diego Godin’s first-half header, but Sergio Ramos took the game into extra time with a great header in the 93rd minute. And for the second time this season having already scored the winner to hand Real the Copa del Rey against Barcelona last month, Bale scored the crucial goal when he headed into an empty net after Thibaut Courtois had parried Angel di Maria’s effort.

With Atletico committed to finding an equaliser, Real were able to counter-attack at will and Marcelo killed the game off when his low shot had too much power for Courtois before Ronaldo sealed his return to Lisbon with a fourth from the penalty spot.

A horrible mistake by Iker Casillas had gifted Atlético a goal in the first half and Diego Simeone’s side had defended that lead with their life, making some great last second tackles and blocks to deny their city rivals who were parked in their half for the whole of the second half. Surprisingly it was a set piece that let the rojiblancos down, as Ramos was unmarked to head home with less than a minute left in added time. Who ever was defending Ramos will have nightmares over this, because if they had defended the corner, Atleti wins the Champions League.

If they had lost, a lot of the blame from the Madrid newspapers would have been directed at Gareth Bale, who haas missed three excellent scoring chances in the game. But the most expensive player in the world was in the right place at the right time to head home di Maria’s shot and give Real the trophy that they wanted more than anything. A tenth European Cup.