UEFA Champions League final Juventus vs Real Madrid match report

Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first European champion to retain its title since 1990, showcasing his enduring lethal scoring qualities Saturday night in a 4-1 victory against Juventus.

Ronaldo swept in Real's opener and alertly prodded in their third - Casemiro's deflected effort and a late Marco Asensio effort capped off an emphatic win as the Spanish champions clinched La Duodécima.

-Juve's Juan Cuadrado became the third player to be sent off in a Champions League final, following Jens Lehmann in 2006 and Didier Drogba in 2008.

But determined Italian champions Juve drew level seven minutes later, with one of the finest goals seen in a Champions League final, as Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic beat Real keeper Keylor Navas with a perfectly executed overhead kick.

His second in Cardiff, to make it 3-1 in the 64th minute, put the result beyond Juventus and made him top scorer in this season's Champions League with 12 goals - one more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"But today we can say that we are a very good team and that we deserved to win the league and the Champions League".

"In the end you're playing against a great team and it's a 50-50 chance but we started with difficulty".

REAL MADRID midfielder was named as Dream Team's star player in the Champions League final after his goal restored Los Blancos' lead against Juventus.

"I feel like dancing", he said".

"I don't think Juventus has reached the end of a cycle", Allegri said.

"This club is really in my heart and we are going to enjoy this. As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again".

"I have two or three days to rest and after we have a qualifying game for Portugal and the Confederations Cup", Ronaldo said after being presented with the Man of the Match award by his former manager at Manchester United, Alex Ferguson.

"In the second half their class, strength and how accustomed they are to winning these games showed through".

  • Julie Sanders