Saturday, May 28, 2016

Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid Champions League final Image Preveiw

Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid Champions League final (AET, 5-3 on penalties): Shootout heartache for Diego Simeone as Cristiano Ronaldo scores winning spot-kick to seal 11th European Cup

  • Jan Oblak produced a stunning close range from Casemiro after six minutes via Gareth Bale's free-kick delivery  Bale flicked on Toni Kroos' set piece and Sergio Ramos helped the ball into the net for the opener after 15 minutes Pepe fouled Fernando Torres inside the box but Antoine Griezmann slammed penalty against underside of the bar Substitute Yannick Carrasco levelled for Atletico after a brilliant cross from Juanfran with 11 minutes remaining Zinedine Zidane has been in the job for just five months but he has won Champions League in 27th game in charge
  • By the end he could barely walk. He looked as though he played half injured from his thigh strain. He was some way from his best. And yet, come that final moment, when Real Madrid needed a penalty to be scored to win a record eleventh European Cup, it was, of course, inevitably Cristiano Ronaldo who stepped up.
  • Somehow, he is destined to dominate, even when not at his best. A season which has often been chaotic, haphazard and saw Rafa Benitez dismissed and a rookie coach appointed in Zinedine Zidane, ends in a historic achievement.
    As for their cross city rivals, Atletico, it ends desperately again. In 1974 they came within minutes; in 2014, against Real Madrid, they came within seconds. Last night they came within a penalty kick of this trophy. Juanfran, so excellent in the game, was their fall guy hitting the post on Atletico’s fourth penalty, allowing Ronaldo his moment.

    Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid came out on top in the penalty shootout against Atletico Madrid
    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
    Ronaldo reserved himself for the fifth penalty and after Juanfran had seen his spotkick strike the foot of the post he made no mistake
    Ronaldo reserved himself for the fifth penalty and after Juanfran had seen his spotkick strike the foot of the post he made no mistake
    Keylor Navas dives to his right and nearly gets fingertips onto Juanfran's penalty but it mattered not as the shot cannoned off the post
    Keylor Navas dives to his right and nearly gets fingertips onto Juanfran's penalty but it mattered not as the shot cannoned off the post
    Juanfran trudges back to the centre circle after missing the crucial penalty to give Ronaldo the chance to clinch the victory for Madrid
    Juanfran trudges back to the centre circle after missing the crucial penalty to give Ronaldo the chance to clinch the victory for Madrid
    The Real Madrid players celebrate and their joy will spill long into the night after the club clinched their 11th European Cup at the San Siro
    The Real Madrid players celebrate and their joy will spill long into the night after the club clinched their 11th European Cup at the San Siro
    Atletico Madrid substitute Yannick Carrasco fires in from close range to bring his side level after 79 minutes of an absorbing encounter
    Atletico Madrid substitute Yannick Carrasco fires in from close range to bring his side level after 79 minutes of an absorbing encounter
    The Belgian wheels away in delight having brought the scores level and the 22-year-old celebrated with his girlfriend on the sidelines 
    The Belgian wheels away in delight having brought the scores level and the 22-year-old celebrated with his girlfriend on the sidelines 
    Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos celebrates giving his side the lead with a close range finish after 15 minutes at the San Siro
    Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos celebrates giving his side the lead with a close range finish after 15 minutes at the San Siro
    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 30-year-old defender showed once more his appetite for the big occasion by scoring a crucial goal in the Champions League final
    The 30-year-old defender showed once more his appetite for the big occasion by scoring a crucial goal in the Champions League final
    Before him, Lucas Vazquez, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos had all confidently rolled their penalties into the right-hand corner. Antoine Greizmann, Gabi and Saul had done the same, but to the left side, for Atletico. 
    It was excruciating to watch them miss out again, having disposed of Bayern and Barcelona and with their commander in chief, Diego Simeone, managing to hold his own on a fraction on the budget of his opponents. Yet succumb they did and Real Madrid have transformed a season which threatened to be awful into something glorious.
    Real Madrid have spent good parts of this season looking like a mal-adjusted collection of ego-centric multi-millionaires. On Saturday night, they actually started like a team; a good one at that. 
    True, they have come to appreciate that Casemiro is more than just an adornment to sit on the bench while James attends to the important business of selling shirts, but rather a vital part of the team who adds balance. And, having accepted that, then they have a midfield to overwhelm even the hard-working Atletico.
    Antoine Griezmann had the opportunity to restore parity three minutes into the second-half but he could only fire his shot onto the bar
    Antoine Griezmann had the opportunity to restore parity three minutes into the second-half but he could only fire his shot onto the bar
    Griezmann watches his shot rebound off the underside of the bar and into the sky as a good chance went begging for Atletico
    Griezmann watches his shot rebound off the underside of the bar and into the sky as a good chance went begging for Atletico
    The Atletico Madrid fans travelled in their numbers to Milan to get behind their team with the banner 'Your Values Make Us Believe'
    The Atletico Madrid fans travelled in their numbers to Milan to get behind their team with the banner 'Your Values Make Us Believe'
    Opera singer Andrea Bocelli performs prior to the  final and the Italian gave an unforgettable version of the Champions League anthem
    Opera singer Andrea Bocelli performs prior to the final and the Italian gave an unforgettable version of the Champions League anthem
    Real Madrid supporters similarly unfurled a banner at the other end of the ground which translated 'Until the End, Come on Real!'
    Real Madrid supporters similarly unfurled a banner at the other end of the ground which translated 'Until the End, Come on Real!'
    Alicia Keys provided the pre-match entertainment on the pitch during the opening ceremony to the 2016 Champions League final
    Alicia Keys provided the pre-match entertainment on the pitch during the opening ceremony to the 2016 Champions League final
    An impressive fireworks display accompanied Keys' performance in the centre circle on a humid evening in Milan ahead of the game
    An impressive fireworks display accompanied Keys' performance in the centre circle on a humid evening in Milan ahead of the game
    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - a winner of this competition on two occasions - was among the stars in the stands
    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - a winner of this competition on two occasions - was among the stars in the stands
    In addition, if Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo had worked all season as hard as they did on Saturday, they would have received just as much praise as Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar. In the opening thirty minutes of the game, they put on a performance which came close to that Barca trio at their best. And Bale was the busiest of them, grabbing hold of this final and imposing his presence like great players do.
    He did so despite rather than because of a fellow Briton officiating. Mark Clattenburg let so much go in the opening exchanges that he was surrounded by Pepe and Sergio Ramos on pretty much a minute-by-minute basis as they requested yellow cards for their opponents. Ironically it was Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos who finally transgressed sufficiently for Clattenburg to reach for his notebook, with a cynical trip on Antoine Griezmann.
    Unsurprisingly, given the level of physicality on both sides, free kicks were major features. Bale was brought crashing down by Gabi on seven minutes as he advanced determinedly. He then swung in a lovely free kick which Karim Benzema, from around four yards out, somehow managed to miss, though credit to Jan Oblak, who stood strong and parried the touch away.
    No matter. On 15 minutes Kroos chipped in another free kick which Bale did well to flick on with a back header. The ball fell Ramos, three yards out, who just managed to touch the ball home, Oblak helpless this time. Diego Simeone’s ire though was rightly directed and Clattenburg and his assistants, Ramos having been offside.
    Atleti threatened to be overwhelmed. Real Madrid looked to be in complete control, with Casemiro dictating tempo and Kroos and Luka Modric dominating midfield. Desperately Simeone gestured from the bench for his team to slow play down, catch their breath and come again. They did so, as the half drew to a close, edging their way back in and reminding their richer neighbours of their own qualities.
    Cristiano Ronaldo looks to make early in-roads down the Real Madrid left with Zinedine Zidane's side dominating the early stages
    Cristiano Ronaldo looks to make early in-roads down the Real Madrid left with Zinedine Zidane's side dominating the early stages
    Brazilian full-back Marcelo was part of the Madrid side that beat their cross-town rivals two years ago in the 2014 Champions League final
    Brazilian full-back Marcelo was part of the Madrid side that beat their cross-town rivals two years ago in the 2014 Champions League final
    Casemiro came very close to breaking the deadlock for Real but his close range shot was superbly blocked by goalkeeper Jan Oblak
    Casemiro came very close to breaking the deadlock for Real but his close range shot was superbly blocked by goalkeeper Jan Oblak
    Oblak managed to get down low to divert the midfielder's effort away from goal but Real did not have to wait long for their opener
    Oblak managed to get down low to divert the midfielder's effort away from goal but Real did not have to wait long for their opener
    Real Madrid's Spanish defender Dani Carvajal was the first in Mark Clattenburg's note book after cynically taking out Antoine Griezmann
    Real Madrid's Spanish defender Dani Carvajal was the first in Mark Clattenburg's note book after cynically taking out Antoine Griezmann
    Ramos manages to get the all important touch on the ball to divert it beyond Oblak but the Spaniard did appear in an offside position
    Ramos manages to get the all important touch on the ball to divert it beyond Oblak but the Spaniard did appear in an offside position
    Ramos made it two goals in as many Champions League final appearances as the defender was once more the scourge of Atletico fans
    Ramos made it two goals in as many Champions League final appearances as the defender was once more the scourge of Atletico fans
    Ramos pumps his fists in delight after breaking the deadlock at the San Siro much to the delight of his Real Madrid team-mates
    Ramos pumps his fists in delight after breaking the deadlock at the San Siro much to the delight of his Real Madrid team-mates
    The Atletico Madrid players look dejected as they try to pick themselves up following the early setback in the San Siro on Saturday night
    The Atletico Madrid players look dejected as they try to pick themselves up following the early setback in the San Siro on Saturday night
    Ramos latched on to Bale's flick on after Kroos' delivery but the defender was in an offside position - CLICK HERE for more match zone
    Ramos latched on to Bale's flick on after Kroos' delivery but the defender was in an offside position
    Zidane will have been delighted with the manner in which his side took control of proceedings from the very first minute on Saturday
    Zidane will have been delighted with the manner in which his side took control of proceedings from the very first minute on Saturday
    Real defender Pepe ensured Fernando Torres struggled to impose himself on the encounter in the first-half as Zidane's side dominated
    Real defender Pepe ensured Fernando Torres struggled to impose himself on the encounter in the first-half as Zidane's side dominated
    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale rises above and Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke during a fiercely contest Champions League final
    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale rises above and Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke during a fiercely contest Champions League final
    Diego Simeone will have been frustrated at failing to break down Real in the opening half and he had to find a different method of playing
    Diego Simeone will have been frustrated at failing to break down Real in the opening half and he had to find a different method of playing
    Ronaldo lets fly with a speculative effort but the Portuguese forward was unable to find a third goal in Champions League finals
    Ronaldo lets fly with a speculative effort but the Portuguese forward was unable to find a third goal in Champions League finals
    Mark Clattenburg was handed the honour of refereeing the final and he was kept busy by both teams putting in tasty challenges early on
    Mark Clattenburg was handed the honour of refereeing the final and he was kept busy by both teams putting in tasty challenges early on
    Griezmann was by far the most dangerous player for Atletico in the first half but Luka Modric and his Real team-mates kept him at bay
    Griezmann was by far the most dangerous player for Atletico in the first half but Luka Modric and his Real team-mates kept him at bay
    Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran looks to shield the ball from Real striker Karim Benzema during an improved second-half performance
    Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran looks to shield the ball from Real striker Karim Benzema during an improved second-half performance

    REAL MADRID VS ATLETICO MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL RATINGS FROM PETE JENSON AT THE SAN SIRO

    Real Madrid: 4-3-3
    Navas 7
    Handled shots from distance well and was rarely tested from closer in until Carrasco’s equalizer.
    Carvajal 6
    Very late challenge on Griezmann early on and poor in possession at times. Went off injured in the second half.
    Ramos 7
    Another Champions League and another goal. Took a yellow for the team with Atletico's last attack too and buried his penalty.
    Pepe 6
    Kicked Torres clumsily for what could have been costly penalty. Then some play-acting in the second half that Clattenburg never fell for.
    Marcelo 6
    A relatively easy first half against an Atletico Madrid side that doesn’t play with wingers. Struggled as soon as Juanfran started over-lapping from full-back.
    Kroos 7
    Perfect deliver for the free-kick. Taken off in the second half as he slowed but the game’s tempo did not.
    Casemiro 7
    He tackles everything that moves’ Bale told MailSport this week, and so it was for most of the game.
    Modric 8
    Skill, speed, precision of passing. Showed class at the end too by walking the length of the pitch to console Gabi.
    Bale 8.5
    Monstered Atletico from the first minute. Immense going forward and breathless tracking back too. Tired at the end but scored his spot-kick.
    Ronaldo 7
    Worked as hard as Bale in tracking back every time Real lost possession but over-elaborated too often most tellingly just before Atletico scored. Still ended up the hero.
    Benzema 7
    Led the line so well pulling Atletico defenders out of position. They missed him when he was replaced
    Subs:
    Isco 6
    Danilo 6
    Needed early in the second half after Carvajal pulled up and did not let anyone down.
    Vazquez 6 
    Lively late on and such a cool spot-kick.
    Atletico Madrid:
    Oblak 7
    Could do nothing to stem the white tide early on. It felt as if he was going to bundled in with the ball every time Real attacked. Great second half save from Benzema.
    Juanfran 7
    Posed no attacking threat in the first half but that changed in the second 45 minutes – great cross for the goal. So hard on him to be fall-guy in the shoot-out.
    Savic 6
    The former Manchester City defender suffered in the early Madrid bombardment. Real’s 200m pounds forward line was just too much.
    Godin 7
    Pushing a piano up a hill in the early stages but kept going and held Atletico together when they were most frail.
    Filipe Luis 6
    Could not deal with Bale. He’s quick and he’s strong but the Welshman was quicker and stronger.
    Saul 7
    One second half volley went close. A great talent that Atletico will not want to lose to the Premier League.
    Gabi 7
    Lost in the early stages as the charge of the white brigade overwhelmed Atletico Madrid but grew into the game as they launched the comeback.
    Fernandez 6
    Held his head above water with quick feet and intelligent possession early although but then began to give the ball away and was sacrificed at half time.
    Koke 7
    Like Saul he improved in the second half as Atletico found another gear just as it seemed they were going down without a fight.
    Griezmann 8
    Did his best to keep Navas’ hands warm in the first period and was superb as they forced the equalizer. Not a terrible penalty but missed all the same then made amends in the shoot-out.
    Torres 7
    The local boy forced the spot-kick but struggled to impose himself in open play. His head never dropped though. Didn't want to leave the pitch at the end. Tearful.
    Subs
    Carrasco 8
    Gave Atletico another dimension when he came on. Immense and could have won it but was chopped down by Ramos.
    Diego Simeone 7
    Made the change he needed to at half time. Also called for them to stay calm when it seemed they might lose the game before the break.
    Zinedine Zidane 7
    Was calm and cool pre-match and yet sent his team out full of fire in the first half. Made his changes too early though. Great first four months in the job however.
    Ref: Mark Clattenburg 6 
    Too lenient early on but called the penalty correctly. Won’t be on Simeone’s Christmas card list however. 
    Filipe Luis found Gabi who chipped a wonderful pass into the path of Griezmann, whose volleyed first time, driving goal-wards but saw Keylor Navas equal to his striker, the Real Madrid keeper pushing it away on 36 minutes. Griezmann then went close on 43 minutes, shooting low and just past the post from outside the box. They were small encouragements but enough for Atleti to remind themselves of their past heroics.
    And second half they immediately revived hope, Griezmann playing in Fernando Torres, who drew the challenge from Pepe. Clattenburg awarded the penalty, correctly. It wasn’t a bad foul; but it was a foul. Griezmann stepped up for the penalty. Keylor Navas was booked for trying to delay it. The Frenchman struck it hard and high. It struck the underside of the bar and bounced away to safety. It felt like a crushing blow.
    And yet Atletico would come again, Greizmann shining despite his miss. They dominated possession for the next fifteen minutes of play. It was hard to break through Real Madrid’s lines, but Koke almost managed it on 58 minutes with a strike just wide. Then Yannick Carrasco, on a sub, broke down the right, pulled in a cross which Saul Niguez produced an acrobatic flick which almost beat Navas.
    Torres - who failed to complete a single pass in the first half - earned his side a penalty early in the second period after Pepe's foul
    Torres - who failed to complete a single pass in the first half - earned his side a penalty early in the second period after Pepe's foul
    But France international Griezmann was unable to capitalise after he slammed his spot-kick against the cross-bar as Real escaped
    But France international Griezmann was unable to capitalise after he slammed his spot-kick against the cross-bar as Real escaped
    Navas was booked in the build-up to the penalty and the Costa Rican antics worked as Griezmann failed to keep his composure
    Navas was booked in the build-up to the penalty and the Costa Rican antics worked as Griezmann failed to keep his composure
    Saul Niguez shoots at goal as Atletico made a good response to the setback of missing the penalty early on in the second half
    Saul Niguez shoots at goal as Atletico made a good response to the setback of missing the penalty early on in the second half
    Real Madrid soaked up the pressure at the start of the second period and Griezmann's miss from 12 yards would prove costly to his team
    Real Madrid soaked up the pressure at the start of the second period and Griezmann's miss from 12 yards would prove costly to his team
    Ronaldo arrived at the San Siro with his fitness questioned and the Portuguese had a quiet game suggesting he was not fully match fit
    Ronaldo arrived at the San Siro with his fitness questioned and the Portuguese had a quiet game suggesting he was not fully match fit
    Bale impressed on the counter-attack for Real and the Welshman also tracked back to make decisive contributions throughout 
    Bale impressed on the counter-attack for Real and the Welshman also tracked back to make decisive contributions throughout 
    Their fans never faltered, urging them on constantly, gradually growing in confidence that their equaliser would come. Yet on the break, Real Madrid were inevitably dangerous. Just past the hour, Modric picked out Benzema with a delightful pass. The Frenchman sprinted goal-wards and it felt as if a defining moment was coming. 
    He struck wel but Oblak, who had been excellent, was again equal to the shot, parrying away. On 78 minutes, Oblak was on hand to thwart a Ronaldo attempting an elaborate dummy when a straightforward finish would have done, while, from the rebound, Bale’s shot was cleared off the line.
    From the counter, Atleti struck, a lovely lofted ball releasing Juanfran. He fired it across goal and Carrasco was racing in to slide it home from a few yards out in front of Atleti’s jubilant fans.
    Karim Benzema ought to have put the game to bed when he shot straight at Oblak when put through by Luka Modric after 70 minutes
    Karim Benzema ought to have put the game to bed when he shot straight at Oblak when put through by Luka Modric after 70 minutes
    First Ronaldo and then Bale had chances to score a second for Zidane's side and they were made to pay as 50 seconds later it was 1-1
    First Ronaldo and then Bale had chances to score a second for Zidane's side and they were made to pay as 50 seconds later it was 1-1
    Carrasco got in front of substitute Lucas Vazquez to fire home the equaliser as Real were made to pay for those missed opportunities
    Carrasco got in front of substitute Lucas Vazquez to fire home the equaliser as Real were made to pay for those missed opportunities
    The midfielder joined his girlfriend Noemie Happart on the sidelines to celebrate his goal with a kiss as Atletico showed their resilience
    The midfielder joined his girlfriend Noemie Happart on the sidelines to celebrate his goal with a kiss as Atletico showed their resilience
    Ramos was booked for a cynical challenge on Carrasco as the midfielder broke clear with options both sides of him late in the second half
    Ramos was booked for a cynical challenge on Carrasco as the midfielder broke clear with options both sides of him late in the second half
    Referee Clattenburg was hounded by the Atletico players after Ramos' foul which resulted in captain Gabi being cautioned himself 
    Referee Clattenburg was hounded by the Atletico players after Ramos' foul which resulted in captain Gabi being cautioned himself 

    Bale suffered from a severe bout of cramp and could hardly run during the closing stages in very humid conditions during extra time
    The Atletico Madrid players look despondent on the centre circle after Juanfran's miss and there was no way back for Simeone's side
    The Atletico Madrid players look despondent on the centre circle after Juanfran's miss and there was no way back for Simeone's side
    Zidane congratulates Ronaldo on his winning spotkick after the Portuguese kept his nerve to strike the crucial blow for his side
    Zidane congratulates Ronaldo on his winning spotkick after the Portuguese kept his nerve to strike the crucial blow for his side
    The Real Madrid supporters let off a flare in the stands at the San Siro after sealing the 11th European Cup of their history on Saturday
    The Real Madrid supporters let off a flare in the stands at the San Siro after sealing the 11th European Cup of their history on Saturday

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