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Real Madrid beat Dortmund 2-0 for record 15th Champions League title

Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final at Wembley, June 1, 2024
Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final at Wembley, June 1, 2024 Copyright Kirsty Wigglesworth/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved
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Real Madrid bounced back and dominated the second half after an initial strong showing from Dortmund in the first.

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Vinicius Junior has sealed a record-setting 15th Champions League win for Real Madrid after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in Saturday’s final at Wembley. 

The Brazil forward doubled Madrid's lead in the 83rd minute at Wembley Stadium, nine minutes after after Dani Carvajal headed the Spanish giant in front.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, June 1, 2024
Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, June 1, 2024Ian Walton/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved

Dortmund didn't follow through on their first half dominance when Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois pulled off a series of saves and Niclas Fullkrug hit the post.

Madrid took full advantage in the second half.

Carvajal met Kroos' corner at the near post in the 74th to power a header past Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel.

Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez posts on X after Real Madrid's win

Jude Bellingham nearly doubled the lead moments later, but then turned provider when slipping in Vinicius. With just Kobel to beat, the forward fired his shot into the far corner and raced off in celebration.

It was Vinicius who was dancing after his goal effectively killed off Dortmund’s hopes of pulling off one of the biggest Champions League upsets in recent memory.

For a long time, the German side looked capable of halting Madrid after dominating the chances in the first half.

Coach Edin Terzic tactically outmanoeuvred Ancelotti in every department, with Madrid’s stars subdued.

Only a combination of Courtois and the frame of the goal kept the scores level at the break after the keeper twice kept Karim Adeyemi from scoring and then watched as Fullkrug’s sliding effort came back off the post.

The break clearly helped Madrid and it slowly took control in the second half.

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