Real Madrid win Champions League final, defeating Juventus 4 - 1

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 4, 2017

Zinedine Zidane, a head coach for only 17 months, became the first manager to oversee back-to-back European Cup successes since Arrigo Sacchi's fabled AC Milan team won the tournament in 1989 and 1990.

The final is too close to call, with book-makers putting the Spanish giants, who are vying to become the first team in history to defend the Champions League in its current format, to have the edge but Juventus are no pushovers, and they have impressed many in their journey to the final.

Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals helped Real Madrid retain the Champions League title.

It was his third goal in Champions League finals following 2008 for Manchester United and 2013.

Ronaldo then stepped in to start and finish an attack down the right which saw take a cross from defender Daniel Carvajal and hit a first time shot that took a slight deflection before sinking into the bottom left corner.

Any hopes of a Juventus comeback were ended when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off 18 minutes after coming on, the winger receiving a second yellow card for a clash with Sergio Ramos, before Madrid substitute Marco Asensio put the icing on the cake in the last minute.

Gonzalo Higuain worked Keylor Navas twice, while Miralem Pjanic's snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper to produce a smart one-handed save. His shot deflected off Sami Khedira, before looping over Buffon into the net.

While Bale had not played since hobbling off in Real's 3-2 defeat by Barcelona in El Clasico on April 23, James has wanted to prove a point to Zidane in the cameos he has been afforded during the Frenchman's rotation in the final few weeks of the campaign.

You may greet that news with a shrug, but you have to admit that a goal scored in the game was one of the best you'll see.

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