Half-time: Mandzukic wondergoal pulls Juve level after Ronaldo strike

Ross Houston
June 4, 2017

Juventus conceded more in Cardiff than the rest of their continental run combined, seeing them slump to a fifth straight final defeat as Madrid became the first side in the Champions League era to retain the trophy.

Indeed, Real are the first to win back-to-back titles since the competition morphed into the Champions League, European football's biggest club competition.

"We are disappointed", goalkeeper Buffon said in comments published on the website of European governing body UEFA.

At the death, sub Marco Asensio made it 4-1 after superb work from the outstanding Marcelo as Madrid capped off a dominant second-half display.

Naturally, Bale would be the first name on many a team sheet (especially on the one of Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez).


Mario Mandzukic scored from an audacious overhead kick to equalise for Juventus.

The win caps Real Madrid's time as one of the best sides in the history of the tournament with three wins in the last four years.

"In the first half we played beautifully". However, tactically Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus are the much better outfit.

"We managed to defend for 15 minutes". But we need to feel relaxed and confident that we're able to win the trophy. (Miralem) Pjanic's shot was deflected wide, Casemiro's shot was deflected into the goal.

We should have known really shouldn't we? In the run-up to the final, it sounded like Juventus were favourites and were playing a team who'd reached the final by chance.


"We're here: Juve-Real, the Champions League final", Pirlo wrote in La Stampa.

Whatever French coach Zinedine Zidane told his Real players at halftime succeeded in producing a display of dominance that once Brazilian Casemiro had put them 2-1 up on the hour never looked in danger of ending in anything other than celebrations.

Stay with us as we provide live updates from the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff City.

"The Old Lady" had been hopeful of securing their first Champions league title since 1996 but a third goal, and a second on the night for Ronaldo, assured that Juventus were sunk by a far superior Madrid team on the night.


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