Real Madrid clinched its 11th European Cup strengthening the club’s undisputed status as the kings of the Champions League. And they did it once again at the expense of their city rival, Atlético, who already saw them lift “la décima” in Lisbon, two years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo took the task of scoring the winning penalty kick. The Portuguese star did not offer one of his most impressive performances (can we expect the real Ronaldo during the EURO campaign?) but even so Cristiano did not leave History on someone else’s hands. Or feet, for that matter. “CR7” now records three Champions League titles and became the most successful Portuguese player in the competition.
Contrary to what happened in Lisbon in 2014 this time it was Real Madrid turn to score early (once again Ramos) and try to defend throughout the second half. The “blancos” did not quit attacking in the second half though (they made five attempts on goal in each half), but Atlético showed the will to turn the tables after half-time. Simeone sent Carrasco in and the change paid off: the winger scored the equalizer 11 minutes from time with the only shot on target delivered by the “rojiblancos” in ten attempts during second half.
Real Madrid had made all its substitutions while Atlético still had two options in hand. It was wise to expect Simeone’s men to take the upper-hand during extra-time but that was not the case. Quite the opposite. Real Madrid grabbed the initiative and reached the 120th minute with 25 shots against 17, eight of them on target (against four). All in a night were Cristiano was “off duty” in the attack and it was Bale who took the responsibility of creating danger with eight shots.
The “Gods of Football” took the game to penalties. Oblak was “invisible” at this stage, after (another) great regular time performance (six saves). Navas also did not made a single save on penalties so it was up to Juanfran (hitting the right post in Atlético’s fourth kick) and Cristiano Ronaldo (banging the fifth for Real) to decide Milan’s final and trigger (half of) Madrid’s party.
A Brazilian octopus on the loose
The game was more of a “battle” than an “art show” (162 duels, 34 fouls) so it was no surprise to see each team’s “warriors” shining brighter in GoalPoint Ratings. Gabi (Atlético) and Casemiro were the kings in midfield. The Brazilian was particularly impressive and deserves the nickname his heatmap suggests: “the octopus”. The former FC Porto player was an “emperor” adding up impressive numbers when challenging and delivering the ball.
Modric (seven key passes), Bale (eight shots, one assist) and the mentioned Gabi and Oblak (with Carrasco) were essential to their teams’ performances, as their statistical records show it.
Probably no one deserved to loose. In the end… Madrid and Ronaldo won. Again.
The GOALPOINT RATINGS are based on a proprietary algorithm which rates every player match performance on a scale from 1 to 10, based on Opta stats.