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Real Madrid beat neighbours Atletico to another Champions League crown

Ronaldo Champions League final

Real Madrid beat neighbours Atletico in a intense penalty shootout at Milan’s San Siro, to become champions of Europe for the 11th time – stretching their own record tally.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted the winning penalty as Los Blancos won 5-3 on spot kicks, after the match had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Sergio Ramos had put Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead early on, but under controversial circumstances as the Real Madrid captain appeared to have been marginally offside to open the scoring from close range. Atletico would miss the chance to equalise with a penalty in the 47th minute – striker Antoine Griezmann firing against the underside of the bar – but they would eventually draw level through substitute Yannick Carrasco to send the final into extra-time.

There would ultimately be heartbreak for Diego Simeone’s men however, as Juanfran then struck the woodwork with his side trailing 4-3 in the shootout, to present Ronaldo the opportunity to win it for Real, which he duly obliged.

Atletico CL final

Ronaldo claimed his third Champions League winner’s medal in the process, after his 2008 victory with Manchester United and Real’s triumph two years ago. Real meanwhile moved further ahead of AC Milan in the list of all-time European Cup wins. Real’s 11th win, ironically coming at Milan’s San Siro home, moves them four trophies ahead of Milan who sit on 7 wins.

 

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