Real Madrid Wins Champions League

On Saturday night in Lisbon, Portugal at the Estadio da Luz Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1 in extra time to win the Champions League.

The victory by Real was their 10th European League Championship and their first since 2002.

Atletico was attempting to win their first every Champions League title. It was the first time in 40 years the club has reached the final of this prestigious soccer championship.

The cross-town rivals gave the 66,000 plus fans at the stadium and the millions watching on television a wonderfully contested match.

Atletico scored first during the first half and led until second half stoppage time when Real’s Sergio Ramos headed a ball past the Atletico goalkeeper to level the match and send it to two-15 minutes extra periods.

Real scored their second goal in the first 15-minute period to take the lead on a fine header by Wales international Gareth Bale. Bale’s goal was followed by a strike by Brazilian Marcelo.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo recorded the last goal of the match on a penalty for his record 17th goal in 16 matches this season in the Champions League.

The match brought an end to European soccer for the season. Now individual players will join their national teams to prepare for the upcoming World Cup that starts on June 12 and runs through July 13.

Atletico was devastated by their loss in this match, but ended one of their most successful seasons in club history.

Real ended its season with two major trophies the Copa del Rey from Spain and the Champions League. Their coach Carlo Ancelotti and management will meet in the coming days to see what players they will try to sign during the summer transfer window and what players they might lose to transfers.

With most of Real’s players also representing their national teams, the roster will not have much time to rest as the World Cup is played through mid-July and the new season will start in Spain in mid-August.

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