Real Madrid win Champions League for record 12th time

Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions Final to claim their 12th European Cup triumph and claim their 3rd title in 4 years.

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Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League Trophy in Cardiff.

On a night for records to be broken, Real Madrid also become the first team to win the European Cup back to back since the inception of the Champions League format.

Star man and world player of the year Ronaldo put Real ahead in the 20th minute after playing a neat one two with right back Carvajal.  Ronaldo slotted the right backs low cross into the left corner for the goal after his shot had taken a deflection off Juve defender Bonucci.  Juve keeper Gigi Buffon could do nothing to stop the shot.

Juve responded well, and equalised 7 minutes later when Mario Mandzukic spectacular over-head kick beat Real keeper Navas to make the scores 1-1 going into half time.

Real took control after the interval, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot restoring the lead before Ronaldo sealed victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side after poking home from close range following Luka Modric’s cross.

Juventus played the last six minutes with 10 men after substitute Juan Cuadrado was booked twice inside 18 minutes, before substitute Marco Asensio hit the fourth after Marcelo’s fine pass.

Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title – since he took charge of Real in January 2016.

The team will now fly home tonight to Madrid, where tomorrow the celebrations will begin with an open top bus tour, followed by a celebration inside the Bernabeu.