Real Madrid wins champions league.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Real Madrid’s record 10th
European title will be written down as a 4-1 victory
over Atletico Madrid. In reality, “La Decima” was a
lot harder to come by.
Atletico was minutes away from its first
Champions League title Saturday when Sergio
Ramos tied it for Real with a header in injury time.
Real then broke down Atletico with three goals in
the last period of extra time.
“It’s the most important goal I’ve ever scored,”
Sergio Ramos said. “We made history against a
great rival.”
Gareth Bale broke the tie with a header in the
110th minute, Marcelo scored in the 118th and
Cristiano Ronaldo polished off the win with a
penalty at the end.
“Madrid was better,” said Atletico coach Diego
Simeone, who lost his temper toward the end after
failing to complete a La Liga-Champions League
title double. “They were able to get out on the
break and that hurt our chances.”
Diego Godin put Atletico ahead when his 36th-
minute header looped into a Real goal left vacant
by goalkeeper Casillas’ rush out.
Atletico — which had to substitute striker Diego
Costa early in the first half — simply wore out in
extra time, failing to follow up on the Spanish
league title it secured last weekend.
Had Atletico held on for its first European title,
Ronaldo and Bale would have shared some of the
blame for a series of missed chances in the 90
minutes.
Instead, the star forwards added to their storied
club’s illustrious history in club soccer’s most
prestigious competition.
“I’ve learned from past experiences to keep going,
to forget about the chances you miss and keep
persevering,” Bale said. “The celebrations of the
crowd meant everything to me.”
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti also tied the
competition record with three victories as a coach,
after winning in 2003 and ’07 with AC Milan. The
Italian is the fifth coach to win with two clubs.
“The hardest thing was to tie the game because it
was so tough for us at that point,” Ancelotti said.
“They suffocated the space and were doing it so
well. The goal gave us strength.”
Casillas also won his third Champions League title,
following victories in 2000 and ’02.
After Ramos’ goal made up for his own mistake,
Casillas ran deep into Atletico’s half to share a
long celebratory hug with Marcelo.
Bale’s decisive goal sparked wilder celebrations,
while Ronaldo pulled off his shirt before provoking
tempers with a muscle-flexing pose after scoring
his penalty — extending his record for a
Champions League season to 17 goals.
Simeone — known for his fiery temper — came on
the pitch for a second time in extra time in the
final minutes and confronted Real defender
Raphael Varane after he kicked the ball toward the
Atletico bench. Simeone had to be restrained by
his own staff and was sent to the stands.
“He’s a young player with a bright future, hopefully
he learns,” Simeone said.
For pulling off his shirt, Ronaldo earned one of 12
yellow cards shown by referee Bjorn Kuipers of the
Netherlands in an often physical match.
The teams took chances by fielding players below
full fitness, and a bruising first half tested their
readiness and resolve.
Ronaldo and Bale were both sent tumbling by
tough tackles within 3 minutes, and Atletico’s
Costa was forced out early.
Costa hobbled off after 9 minutes, making it clear
that the gamble by coach Diego Simeone to put
him in the starting lineup had backfired. Costa also
exited last weekend in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in
the Spanish league decider and received a horse
placenta treatment on his right hamstring during
the week.
Four minutes after Bale wasted Real’s best early
chance, scooping a left-foot shot wide from 12
yards, Godin made Real pay.
Casillas charged from his line when Juanfran lifted
a high ball toward the penalty spot, and was
stranded when Godin rose to loop a header toward
the empty goal. The ball crossed the goal line
before the goalkeeper could swipe it away.
In a second half of increasingly hectic Real attacks,
Ronaldo tested Thibaut Courtois with a curling free
kick but was off target with a pair of headers.
Bale was guilty of a series of miscued shots with
the outside of his left boot, and a handball in the
Atletico penalty area that added to Real fans’
frustrations.
Atletico was less than 2 minutes from the title
when its tough defensive line was finally breached
on Ramos’ sixth goal in seven games, including
two in the semifinal against defending champion
Bayern Munich.

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