Real are the new Champions League holders. It wasn’t a spectacular match largely due to the fact that Madrid decided to sit back after Ramos’ goal. (Ronaldo looked like he had had a threesome before the game. Their forward three didn’t play well both individually and collectively.) Up until then, it promised to be an exciting match with Madrid playing with a lot of energy as experienced with their well-coordinated pressing. They then seemed to want to win it with that solitary goal. Athletico then pushed and pushed and after Griezmann missed a penalty they equalized through a wonderful move initiated by Gabi and slotted in beautifully by Carrasco. And celebrate he did in some style. I thought to myself that we had a game in our hands but both teams put their feet off the gas.
Zizou then made an awkward substitution bringing on Isco for Kroos. I thought it was a big blunder; leaving only Modric as the only man with a little bit of experience, for that stage, in the midfield. Benzema was then taken off for Vasquez. Looking at the number of chances they created, Madrid looked more likely to win it.
In the end the tie was to be decided by penalties. They were awkward as Madrid penalty shots were aimed to the right while Athletico’s to the left. All went in but Juanfran’s. It was sad for Athletico who have now lost three finals. I thought Oblak could have at least tried to dive.
Zizou becomes the 7th manger to win it as player and coach, Ronaldo wins his third champions league and Madrid are now 11 time winners. What a great achievement.