Real Madrid Defeat Atletico Madrid 5-3 on Penalties to Win Champions League

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his winning spotkick after a tense penalty shootout resulted in success for Real Madrid
Forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his winning spotkick after a tense penalty shootout resulted in success for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid ensured they finished the season with a flourish as they were crowned winner of the UEFA Champions League for the eleventh time after beating Atlético Madrid 5-3 on penalty shootouts at the San Siro Stadium, in Italy, on Saturday.

After successful kicks for Real by Lucas Vázquez, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, and for Atlético by Antoine Griezmann, Gabi and Saúl, Juanfran’s penalty was saved and Ronaldo did the rest as he scored the winning spot-kick to the delight of the fans

Real Madrid took the lead in the 15th minute through Sergio Ramos’ little flick off Gareth Bale’s header to send Real’s fans into a frenzy at the San Siro Stadium. Ramos’ goal set a new Champions League record by becoming the first defender to score in two finals.

Ramos steers the ball underneath the fallen goalkeeper as Atletico failed to play to their strengths in the first 15 minutes of the encounter
Ramos steers the ball underneath the fallen goalkeeper as Atletico failed to play to their strengths in the first 15 minutes of the encounter.

The goal gave the Los Blancos some level of confidence as they dominated possession and could have added to their goal but poor finishing from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale couldn’t make it count.

Meanwhile, Atlético were awarded a penalty in the second half which was missed by Antonio Griezmann. But that eventually gave Los Colchoneros the push as they mounted more pressure on the Real Madrid defense which paid off in the 79th minute of the match.

Substitute, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco struck late into the second half to cancel out Sergio Ramos’ early goal to take the match into extra time; which didn’t produce a goal.

However, tournament top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo netted the crucial penalty kick as Real Madrid won 5-3 via penalty shoot out to hand the Galaticos their eleventh Champions League trophy.