At the San Siro on Saturday in Milan Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico Madrid, just as they did in the final in Lisbon two years ago.
This time the Galaticos celebrated the “Undecima” – the 11th title.
What ever the result there was always going to be a party in the streets of the Spanish capital.
It turned out to be Real Madrid fans honking their horns, waving flags and painting the town in their club’s colours after having watched their team lift the European Cup for a second time in three years.
The game ended 1-1 after regulation time.
Sergio Ramos scored first for Real on 15 minutes while Ateltico’s equaliser came on 79 minutes through sub Yannick Carrasco.
After a goalless extra time, penalties were needed to decide the champions and when Juanfran hit the post with Real 4-3 up Ronaldo coolly popped in the winner as his side celebrated an 11th European crown.
After the victory Real skipper Sergio Ramos said: ‘‘Well my feelings are incredible, fantastic, my first year as captain, to be able to hold that cup in my hands with the best team in the world. To do that as a captain, to have the privilege of raising the cup under the captain’s armband, it is really quite marvelous.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane only took over in January and now has won the Champions League as a player in 2002 and this year as a coach.
He said: “I am very happy for everything we have achieved together, because you know it is not easy at all to win the Champions League. We really worked hard, we fought it out and I am very happy.”
To no great surprise there was a contrasting atmosphere in the Atletico camp.
It was the second Champions League final defeat in three seasons for Diego Simeone and his men.
Simeone said: “Nobody remembers the team that came second. Losing two finals is a disaster. We have to accept the moment, treating the wounds at home”.
The coach and players were not the only ones who were inconsolable.
Atletico and their fans have now had to suffer European Cup heartbreak on three occasions in the club’s history.
Up and down
Next up you have the protagonists from the Champions League final, in our segement “Up & Down”.
On the Up is of course coach Zinedine Zidane – he became the first French coach in history to win Europe’s top club competition.
He’s also only the 7th man to win the competition as a player and a coach.
Joining Zizu on the up is his captain Sergio Ramos who was elected man of the match.
He scored the opener and became the 4th defender in history to score in 2 champions League finals -his first came in the 2014 Lisbon final.
On the down is Antoine Griezmann who despite an otherwise fine performance his penalty miss during regulation time is one to forget.
He’s the 5th player to miss a penalty in the final outside of a penalty shootout.
We might be wrong
On the 10th of June, the Stade de France is going to host the opening match of Euro 2016. Here you have our prediction for this match. Send us your result forecast using #TheCornerScores.
Well of course hosts France kick start the 15th edition of the European Championship.
They take on Romania in Group A’s opener and we feel ‘Les Blues’ will prevail 2-0 to start their own tournament in style.
Albania and Switzerland complete the group and square off the following day at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.
‘‘Complete look at Euro 2016 Groups’‘:http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/standings/
For the first time, the Euro finals will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996