Real Madrid defends Champions League title
June 7, 2017, 3:00:02 CEST | Wikinews

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After last year's victory against crosstown rivals Atlético Madrid at San Siro in Milan, Spanish capital football club Real Madrid defeated Italian giants Juventus FC 4–1 in the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match from Dani Carvajal's pass in the 20th minute. That marked the 500th goal in the European Championship for Real Madrid. Not much later, Mario Mandžukić scored a goal from an overhead kick in the 27th minute from former Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín. Three players were booked in the first half — Juve's Paulo Dybala and Real Madrid's captain Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal as the first half ended 1–1.

Just after the one hour mark, Casemiro made it 2–1, and three minutes later, Ronaldo netted his 600th career goal from Luka Modrić's cross from just six yards in front of the goal. Juan Cuadrado, who was substituted after the scoreline was 1–3, was booked twice, in the 72th and 83rd minutes, making the situation harder for trailing Juventus. The ten-men Juve had seven minutes plus injury time to minimise the damage. But, a 90th minute goal by Marco Asensio ensured the game ended without going into extra time like last year's final. Asensio was shown a yellow card for his celebration.

Real Madrid, under Zinedine Zidane, secured their twelfth European title; their sixth Champions League trophy after the tournament's rebranding, becoming the first club to win consecutive Champions League titles. They also won the La Liga title this season. Juve's goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, missed out on what would have been his first Champions League title. Juventus missed a chance to win a treble.

Ronaldo is to face his former club Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia, scheduled for August 8. Ronaldo has now won four Champions League titles — three with Los Blancos and one with Manchester — and finished as the Champions League top scorer netting twelve goals this season ahead of Lionel Messi. For the last four years, Spanish clubs have won four European Championship in a row, Real Madrid and Barcelona, more than any other European country.

June 3, 2017

Juventus FC
Real Madrid
Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Mario Mandžukić 27'
Paulo Dybala 12'
Miralem Pjanic 66'
Alex Sandro 70'
Juan Cuadrado  72', 83'
1–1 (HT)
Cristiano Ronaldo 20' 64'
Casemiro 61'
Marco Asensio 90' 90+1'
Sergio Ramos 31'
Dani Carvajal 42'
Toni Kroos 53'

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