Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to retain their Champions League title and earn a 12 th European crown with two aims from Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Casemiro and Marco Asensio strikes
It aimed, as it so often does, with that familiar smile. Cristiano Ronaldo gelled mane, amazing teeth, magical in his boots will never forget the nighttime he scored the 600 th goal of an nearly implausible career.
It was the moment everyone knew the Champions League trophy was on its way back to the Bernabu and, is again, that the four-times Ballon dOr winner had left his imprint on another final.
Ronaldo had scored twice on another exultant nighttime when he also leapfrogged Lionel Messi to announce himself as the rivalries contributing scorer for the fifth season running. He will enjoy that, too, but the real trophy here was to be part of a side that have now lifted European footballs most coveted silverware three times in four seasons. Cardiff 2017 will fit neatly with Milan 2016 and Lisbon 2014 whereas, for Juventus, this was a familiar story of sadnes and hurt.
This was their seventh defeat out of nine finals, including five in a row, and the second half was a chastening experience for the Serie A champions, culminating in them sieving more aims in one match than in the rest of the competition put together. It was a full-on breakdown and, by the end, the players in black and white stripes looked in need of smelling salts.
It was surely rare to see a Juventus team “losing ones” route so badly bearing in mind “its been” 1-1 at the transgres and, if anything, Massimiliano Allegris players had looked the more rounded side. Yet the second half was a frightful ordeal for the team from Turin and all those advocates who had hold back thousands of black and white cards before kick-off to spell: The Time is Now. Yes, Juve were unfortunate, in the extreme, with the deflected goal from Casemiro that dedicated Madrid a 2-1 lead-in just after the hour. From that phase onwards, nonetheless, “its been” staggering to realise a team renowned for defensive structure crumple this way.
Juves indignities in that interval also featured a sending-off for Juan Cuadrado, one of their substitutes, and a late goal from Marco Asensio when hundreds of thousands of Madridistas is currently being going through their succes ballads. Gareth Bale, deemed too short of fitness to start, had joined the working party by that stage and no one from Zinedine Zidanes team should really care that video games outstanding instant was conjured up by one of the losing players.
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