Mandzukic cracker answers Ronaldo opener in final

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 4, 2017

Madrid held on to secure a return to the final and keep alive its hopes of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League title since the competition's new format was created in 1992.

JAMES RODRIGUEZ has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for the Champions League final against Juventus.

Judging by some of the pictures from the football hotbeds of Madrid and Turin, the respective sets of supporters didn't need any encouragement to celebrate European football's greatest match.

Only one team, though, will be able to leave Cardiff as champions on the night as we take a closer look at the fixture.

"Real Madrid knows how to feed off this pressure". That means it may be up to Higuain and Dybala to find a matching goal for Juventus.

Juve and Madrid have met in the Champions final before when Madrid won 1-0 in 1998.

As both sides go into the final having had a fantastic campaign this far - there is a significant difference between them.

Not just because of the fitness worries, but also due to the form of Isco, who has taken his chance in Bale's absence with both hands.

Gareth Bale will be on the bench.

It's match day in Cardiff where Juventus and Real Madrid will face off in the Champions League final. In fact, the big names haven't pulled their weight in that respect for a long time now, and strikers as a whole really don't have much luck in front of goal. The Portuguese enigma also has a potent record against Juventus, with 5 goals and an assist in 4 appearances against the Italian giants in the elite competition.

Asked who was the better player, Zidane said: "Cristiano Ronaldo, no doubt, because he scores goals and that s the most important".

Fan favourite Gianluigi Buffon has saved 29 of the 94 penalties he has faced throughout his career and has stopped one of the two penalties he has faced this term. "I support the Italian team".

In this year's UCL final, defending champions Real Madrid will meet with the unstoppable Juventus at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

There's still about three hours until the match between Juventus and Real Madrid starts, but the doors have opened and some fans are getting in early to get their spots.

Before the knockouts, its seems impossible for Madrid forward to save his four-year reign, but five goals across the two legs against Bayern München and a hat-trick at home to Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals put him right back in contention.

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