Real Madrid Win UEFA Champions League For The Second Consecutive Time | Match Report

The defending European champions Real Madrid crushed Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff. Real Madrid are the first football club to win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles.


PRE-MATCH
Massimiliano Allegri picked Gianluigi Buffon, in his last match, as goalkeeper. Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira were picked in the starting eleven against their former club Real Madrid. The rest remained unchanged compared to the previous matches.

Juventus | S-XI: Buffon (GK)(C), Chiellini, Pjanic, Khedira, Higuain, Sandro, Barzagli, Mandzukic, Bonucci, Dybala, Alves. Substitutes: Neto (GK), Benatia, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Lemina, Asamoah, Lichtsteiner.

Zinedine Zidane picked Keylor Navas in the goal. Danilo were benched and replaced with Daniel Carvajal. Wales international Gareth Bale were on the bench. Former Juventus player Alvaro Morata were also included on the bench. The rest of the starting eleven were remained unchanged.

Real Madrid | S-XI: Navas (GK), Carvajal, Ramos (C), Varane, Ronaldo, Kroos, Benzema, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Isco. Substitutes: Francisco Casilla (GK), Nacho, Bale, Kovacic, Asensio, Morata, Danilo.

FIRST HALF
The Italian champions Juventus opened the first half very strong, putting a high pressure on the Real Madrid defence and goalkeeper. Keylor Navas, the Real Madrid goalkeeper of the night, was put to the test with several shots on target, which he managed to save. As the first half progressed, Real Madrid grew into the match and Cristiano Ronaldo needed just a chance to introduce himself. The Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal in the 20th minute after a brilliant assist by Daniel Carvajal. Nevertheless, Mario Mandzukic scored the equaliser with a beautiful bicycle-kick seven minutes later. The first half ended Juventus 1, Real Madrid 1.

SECOND HALF
The defending European champions Real Madrid opened the second half much better than Juventus and the first half. Real Madrid created chance after chance but were failing to convert the chance into goals. However, Casemiro scored with a long-range shot from outside of the penalty box in the 61st minute, putting Real Madrid in the lead. Cristiano Ronaldo increased Real Madrid’s lead to three-one two minutes later after a brilliant assist by Croatia international Luka Modric. A controversial situation ocurred when Juan Cuadrado received his second yellow card of the night and were sent-off for violent conduct on the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. However, Marco Asensio scored ended the final by scoring in the 90th minute after an assist by Marcelo. The second half and the match ended Juventus 1, Real Madrid 4.

CONCLUSION
Real Madrid were crowned the champions of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League after convincingly defeating Juventus in the Final. It was a fantastic match with a great intensity and entertainment.

Juventus performed very well in the first half of the final but capitulated in the second half, falling defensively apart. Real Madrid were defensively and attacking-wise solid throughout the entire match and won the final well-deserved. Real Madrid have won their twelve th UEFA Champions League title and they are the first club to win back-to-back titles.

PLAYER RATINGS
Juventus: Buffon – 4/5, Chiellini – 3/5, Pjanic – 2/5, Khedira – 3/5, Higuain – 2/5, Sandro – 3/5, Barzagli – 3/5, Mandzukic – 3.5/5, Bonucci – 3/5, Dybala – 3/5, Alves – 3/5. | Substitutes: Cuadrado – 1/5, Marchisio – 3/5, Lemina – 3/5.

Real Madrid: Navas – 4/5, Carvajal – 4/5, Ramos – 3/5, Varane – 3.5/5, Ronaldo – 5/5, Kroos – 4/5, Benzema – 3/5, Marcelo – 3.5/5, Casemiro – 3.5/5, Modric – 4/5, Isco – 4.5/5. | Substitutes: Bale – 4/5, Asensio – 4.5/5, Morata – 3.5/5.

MAN OF THE MATCH
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Salamander News and SNs Navad congratulate Real Madrid football club and its fanbase for their big, historic triumph in the UEFA Champions League.

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