Real Madrid rewrite UEFA Champions League history, retain trophy following 4-1 annihilation of Juventus

Defending champions Real Madrid have successfully retained the Champions League trophy in scintillating style by overwhelming Juventus 4-1 in the final in Cardiff, Wales.

 

Real’s record 12th triumph in this competition and third in four seasons was predictably mastreminded by Ronaldo, who has now scored in three different Champions League finals.

 

Ronaldo stopped a bright Juve opening in its tracks as he swept in Dani Carvajal’s pass after 20 minutes, before Mario Mandzukic levelled with one of the great Champions League final goals, firing a sublime overhead kick beyond Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

 

Real were unstoppable after the break, restoring their lead through defensive midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot before Ronaldo scored at the near post from a cross by the outstanding Luka Modric.

 

Juventus’ misery increased when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second caution after a clash with Sergio Ramos, before substitute Marco Asensio emphasized Real’s superiority with a precise finish in the last minute.

 

Real coach Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title – since he took charge in January 2016.

 

Before now, no team had successfully defended the Champions League win in the modern era.

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