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Live Commentary: UEFA Champions League Final, Juventus Vs R. Madrid 1 – 4

 

 

Follow all the action from the Champions League final in Cardiff where Juventus face Real Madrid.

 

 

Bale watching from the bench in his city of birth, Cardiff

 

Juventus’ Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic adjudged the best goal in UEFA Champions League final ever.

 

C. Ronaldo Celebrating his first goal

 

 M. Mandzukic (27mins)
4   C. Ronaldo (20mins, 64 mins) Casemiro (61 mins) Marco Asensio (90 mins)

 

 

9.44pmThat’s all we’ve got time for here but don’t go anywhere as Olika Reporters is on hand to bring you the match report from Cardiff, as well as player and manager reaction, plus all the latest news and developments following the game! Thank you for following me on Olika Reporters Sports Desk and, until next time, goodbye!
9.42pmJoy for Real, who claim their 12th European Cup, the Duodecima, but heartbreak for Juventus, who lose their fourth Champions League final in the last four attempts, as Los Blancos end up making light work of their opponents here in Cardiff.
9.40pmAnd that’s it! The final whistle blows and the Real players and personnel go crazy as they become the first team in the Champions League era to retain the European Cup!
90+4 minFULL TIME: JUVENTUS 1-4 REAL MADRID

 

 

90+1 minFour minutes of time added on here in Cardiff.
90+1 minGame, set and match. Ronaldo’s free kick strikes the wall but it’s recycled and Marcelo has all the time and space down the left byline to inch his way towards goal before cutting back towards centre, where Asensio slots home with ease.

 

90 minGOAL! JUVENTUS 1-4 REAL MADRID (MARCO ASENSIO)

 

 

89 minSUBSTITUTION: A final change for Real as Alvaro Morata replaces Toni Kroos.

 

86 minCHANCE! Another possible glimmer of hope for Juve goes begging as Mandzukic, in plenty of space in front of goal, connects with a swerving cross but steers the ball wide of target.

 

 

84 min RED CARD! Oh that is shameful. A small confrontation between Cuadrado – who was already on a booking – and Ramos, following a tackle on the Juve man, sees the former give the latter a slight nudge, and the Real man goes down as if he’s been shot. The ref buys it and Cuadrado’s off the pitch following a second yellow.
83 minSUBSTITUTION: Another change for Real as Marco Asensio replaces Isco.

 

82 minCHANCE! Juve within a whisker of getting back within one goal as an Alves free kick finds the head of Sandro, but his flicked header drifts wide of the far post.

 

80 minCHANCE! Nearly a dream moment for Bale as Ronaldo gets down the right and fires the ball across the six-yard box, but Bonucci gets in the way and the chance goes amiss!

 

 

 

 

78 min SUBSTITUTION: And slightly less newsworthy, Juve make their final change as Mario Lemina comes on for Paulo Dybala.

 

 

 

77 min SUBSTITUTION: And here he comes… with Real holding a two-goal lead and bossing the play, Gareth Bale comes on in place of Karim Benzema. Can the Welshman add the cherry on top in front of his compatriots?

 

 

 

74 minJuve have conceded as many goals in this game as they had done in all their previous 12 matches in this season’s competition.

 

 

 

73 minCHANCE! Benzema dances through the ragged Juve defence and slips the ball into the path of the onrushing Marcelo down the left, he then cuts back to Ronaldo, but the man of the moment skies a shot over the bar.
72 minBOOKING: And another booking for Juve as Cuadrado, who came on as a sub just a few minutes ago, sees yellow for a clumsy tackle from behind on Ronaldo.
70 minBOOKING: An increasingly frustrated Juventus accrue another caution as Sandro goes into the book for a late slide on Varane.

 

 

 

68 minHonestly, is there anything this man cannot do? He’s on a hat-trick tonight, having helped his side in pole position for a second consecutive Champions League trophy. Unreal.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3, 2017

C. Ronaldo Celebrates his second goal
66 minSUBSTITUTION: Juan Cuadrado replaces Andrea Barzagli for Juventus as Max Allegri aims for a more attacking setup.
65 minCristiano Ronaldo scores his 600th (SIX HUNDREDTH!) goal for club and country – and it could well prove to be the decisive goal for his side tonight! Modric plays a one-two before getting to the byline and pulling the ball back for Ronaldo to ghost in and coolly slot past Buffon!

 

64 minGOAL! JUVENTUS 1-3 REAL MADRID (CRISTIANO RONALDO)

 

61 minGOAL! JUVENTUS 1-2 REAL MADRID (CASEMIRO)
60 minIsco drifts into space and gets the better of his man but ends up shooting well wide off his left foot.
58 minA Juve attack breaks down and Real get the chance to go forward, they probe patiently, hoping to unlock the opposition defence – and they come close through Marcelo, who whips a cross to the back post, but it’s just too heavy for Ronaldo and it ends up about two yards wide of goal.
55 minCHANCE! Real work the ball well into Juve’s final third and Modric gets a great strike on the ball from around 25 yards out, but it’s straight at Buffon.

 

 

 

54 minAnother blow of the ref’s whistle after Sandro clatters into Modric.
53 minBOOKING: Kroos is cautioned after he goes in late on Khedira. Very stop-start so far in the second 45.
52 minNow it’s Alves who goes down after being hacked down by Isco, but he gets up – albeit gingerly – and looks fine to carry on.
49 minAn early break in play as Bonucci goes down briefly, looks like he took a blow to the face while defending that corner, but he’s patched up and can continue.

 

 

48 minWonderful ball from Marcelo which Isco tries desperately to sprint on to, but Barzagli gets there first and puts it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
47 minNow it’s Real who are quick out of the starting blocks as Ronaldo salvages a seemingly lost ball by getting to the byline and whipping it towards the centre of the Juve area where Benzema is lurking, but Chiellini is on hand to clear.
46 minKICKOFF: The purple shirts of Real get the second half underway. Will this game be settled in the next 45 minutes, or can we expect extra time or even penalties? Sports Mole is on hand to bring you all the action as it happens!
8.50pmThe Juve players are already out on the pitch as the officials come out, while the Real players are still in the tunnel… now they’re also heading out. Not long until the second half gets underway.
8.48pmHALF-TIME STATS: Juve have registered eight chances of goal, four of which were on target, completed 193 passes, and managed 47 percent possession. Meanwhile, Real have mustered five shots, just one of which was on target, but completed 249 passes and enjoyed 54 percent possession. Just one corner in this game, which fell to Juve.

 

 

 

HALF-TIME! Major finals are not supposed to be this entertaining. What a 45 minutes it’s been in Cardiff. Cristiano Ronaldo capped off an excellent team move to put Real ahead after 20 minutes, but Mario Mandzukic levelled things up with a quite ridiculous strike shortly afterwards.

We’re all square at the break.

45 minWith the action petering out here just before the break – two minutes of stoppage time announced – Casemiro goes for glory from 30 yards out but his effort curls well wide of goal.
44 minThe ball is being worked around patiently by Real just outside the Juve area and Carvajal sends a dangerous cross towards the back post but Buffon coolly plucks the ball out of the air.
42 minBOOKING: Carvajal now goes into the book after a clumsy foul on Mandzukic.
40 minMandzukic is back on his feet and good to go, and with five minutes to go, the tempo of the game has slowed right down, with Juve on the front foot in terms of momentum.
38 minWe have a break in play now as Mandzukic stays down after Carvajal slides in on him, and the physios come on to administer a bit of care.
36 minAnother Bianconeri free kick, about 40 yards out – this time Pjanic takes it, hoping to pick out Chiellini’s run, but Ramos is on hand to clear.
34 minJuve now win a free kick about 30 yards from goal as Dybala is brought down again, but he fires the set piece into the Real wall.
33 minCHANCE! Marcelo reaches the Juve byline and works a cross towards Ronaldo, but the Portuguese scuffs his header way wide of goal.
32 minBOOKING: Now Ramos goes into the book for a foul on ex-Barcelona man Alves.
31 minCHANCE! Now Ronaldo attempts to notch up a spectacular goal of his own as he pounces on a poor Juve header out of the box and goes for a bicycle kick, but it hits an opposition defender and is cleared.
28 minOh my days! That was absolutely sensational! Juve have been piling on the pressure in the last few minutes and they draw level in spectacular fashion as Higuain works the ball to Mandzukic in the box, he controls the ball with his chest and, with his back to goal and little room to manoeuvre, strikes it over his head and beyond Navas in the Real goal!

27 minGOAL! JUVENTUS 1-1 REAL MADRID (MARIO MANDZUKIC)
23 minThat was Ronaldo’s 104th Champions League goal and his third in a CL final. Literally running out of superlatives to describe the guy.
21 minAnd the deadlock is broken in Cardiff, courtesy of the great Ronaldo, but it was wonderful football by Real to split the Juve defence open! Los Blancos maraud down the pitch as Benzema finds Cristiano, the Portuguese plays a quick one-two into the box with Carvajal and curls the ball past Buffon from just inside the area!
20 minGOAL! JUVENTUS 0-1 REAL MADRID (CRISTIANO RONALDO)
19 minMandzukic and Ramos have a bit of afters after the Real defender nudges his opponent to the ground in the box.
17 minReal continue to grow into the game as Marcelo and Benzema play a one-two before the Brazilian whips a cross into the box, but Juve’s defence remains strong as ever and Chiellini gets the ball away.
15 minCasemiro gives away the ball in the centre but Higuain fails to capitalise as Madrid win possession back, before Carvajal goes on to give away a free kick deep inside the Juve half.
13 minReal starting to apply a bit more pressure as Benzema goes down the left channel and crosses into the Juve area, but Chiellini heads clear.
12 minBOOKING: First yellow of the night goes to Dybala, who’s cautioned for clattering into Kroos as the Real man looked to break away.
9 minRonaldo gets on the ball on the inside right channel and plays it forward, but Juventus clear their lines. Close to 10 minutes played and the Italians have been the better side by far.
7 minCHANCE! Best one of the game so far and it’s Juve who threaten once again as they work the ball into the final third and a poor defensive header from Carvajal sees Pjanic perfectly placed on the edge of the box, but his sweetly struck drive is acrobatically palmed away by Navas.
5 minCHANCE! Higuain has a pop at goal from distance and Navas spills the ball but, with no Juve player nearby, the keeper has plenty of time to gather.
4 minAlves dispossesses Kroos and whips a cross in towards Higuain but the latter’s header is easily saved by Navas in the Real goal.
3 minIsco and Benzema combine down the left touchline, but Barzagli is quickly out to snuff out the danger.
2 minJuve are wearing their usual kit of black and white stripes, white shorts and white socks, while Real are wearing their all-purple third kit – the Italians make a bright start down into Real’s final third but Modric is hacked down by Khedira for a free kick.
0 minKICKOFF! The 2017 Champions League final is finally underway as Juventus get things started!
7.47pmThe handshakes are now out of the way and finally the players can get down to business. Kickoff is immiment!
7.45pmAnd here they come! The Champions League anthem blares out for the last time this season as all the players and personnel come out onto the Principality pitch. Now comes ambassador Ian Rush with the trophy itself… the ultimate prize.
7.43pmTwo minutes to go until kickoff and all the props for that performance have to be taken off the pitch. The players are standing around anxiously in the tunnel just wanting to get on with it…

7.40pmNow for a performance on the pitch by the Black Eyed Peas, which also features a load of dancers and plenty of flashing lights. The crowd’s loving it… (shifty eyes emoji)

 

7.37pmIn addition, Alvaro Morata or Mario Mandzukic could become only the third player to score in the European Cup/Champions League final for two different teams after Velibor Vasovic (Partizan Belgrade, Ajax) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester Utd, Real Madrid) – Morata netted for Juventus in the 2015 final whilst Mandzukic scored against Dortmund in the 2013 contest.

 

7.35pmSo what more history can be made tonight? Well, Ronaldo or Sergio Ramos could become only the second player to score in three different European Cup/Champions League finals after Alfredo Di Stefano, who found the net in five different finals.

 

7.33pmRonaldo has reached the 10-goal mark for the sixth consecutive Champions League campaign – no other player has done it on more than two consecutive seasons. He’s also played more than any other outfield player in this season’s competition.

7.30pmRonaldo… well, what hasn’t been said about the Portuguese prodigy? Another season, another load of records broken. This will be his fifth European Cup/Champions League final – only three players have featured in more: Paolo Maldini, Paco Gento (8), and Alfredo Di Stefano (7).

 

7.28pmAlongside Buffon and Bale, two other players in the spotlight tonight will be Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo. Juve’s Argentine striker will line up against his former side after four years of superb form in Italy, and is eager to exorcise his miss in the World Cup final against Germany in 2014, which he claims haunts him to this day.

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