Cristiano Ronaldo scored the all important spot kick to win the Champions League 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro this evening.
It was a game that started off as many finals do, tentative. Both sides from the Spanish capital were keen to keep it tight at the back – typical of their tournaments so far.
Real were beginning to get the upper hand though and in the 15th minute, the breakthrough came. Toni Kroos’ free-kick from the left hand side looked poor initially before Gareth Bale’s flick on directed the ball into the path of an arguably offside Sergio Ramos.
The Real captain got the lightest of touches on the ball to poke past Jan Oblak and with no linesman’s flag, the goal stood.
For the remainder of the half Real were happy to soak up Atleti’s pressure – doing what their city rivals had done for the whole of the competition – and bar some long range Antoine Griezmann attempts, at half-time Los Blancos were looking comfortable and threatening on the break.
Atletico’s momentum continued to build straight from the second half kick off though, and they quickly found themselves with a chance to equalise. Griezmann found Fernando Torres who was felled by Pepe as he looked to turn the centre half, resulting in a penalty-kick.
Griezmann stepped up but could not find the composure that has served him so well this season as he hammered the ball against the crossbar.
Diego Simeone and his men might have felt the chance to equalise had gone but after a few more chances went begging for Real – most notably a free Gareth Bale header and a Karim Benzema shot from the right hand side of the box – but the leveller came.
Gabi chipped through for Juanfran whose drilled cross was crashed home by Yannick Carrasco in the 79th minute sending the red and white half of the San Siro into delirium.
As extra time approached both sides searched for a winner. Torres couldn’t quite steer home at the near post from another Juanfran cross before Bale saw another header clear the crossbar as the second half came to a close.
Both sides had chances in extra time but both defences stood firm to what was thrown at them and with players cramping up and tensions beginning to rise, most notably between Juanfran and Ramos, no further goals were seen.
And so came penalties, Griezmann avenged his earlier miss following Lucas Vazquez’s opener for 1-1. Marcelo, Gabi, Bale, Saul Niguez, Ramos then all scored before Juanfran rolled his penalty against the post.
It was left to Cristiano Ronaldo to win it for Real, he’d been largely quiet all game, but as he composed himself it never looked in doubt.
And so it proved, the Champions League top scorer belted home his spot kick to win an eleventh crown for Los Blancos and a first for Zinedine Zidane as a manager in his debut season in charge.