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Real Madrid win Champions League on penalties against Atlético

Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for the 11th time after beating Atletico Madrid in a dramatic penalty shootout in Milan.

Real Madrid captain Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy
Real Madrid captain Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy

Sergio Ramos’ controversial finish put Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead before Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty.

However, substitute Yannick Carrasco sent the Champions League final into extra-time with a close-range finish.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning penalty after Juanfran had missed.

Zidane’s tactics deliver silverware

Zidane, a Champions League winner with Real as a player in 2002, replaced Rafael Benitez as manager at the Bernabeu in January, with Real still reeling from a bruising 4-0 hammering by Barcelona earlier in the season and facing the prospect of a second successive campaign without major silverware.

The 43-year-old finishes it as the seventh different manager to deliver a European Cup to Real’s hierarchy.

As stylish as his side were going forward, they were just as impressive at the back as Atletico’s attacking duo of Griezmann and Fernando Torres were starved of service before the interval.

Gareth Bale and Ronaldo repeatedly dropped back into midfield to help cut out the supply routes to Griezmann and Torres, while Karim Benzema also typified Real’s work rate by dropping back to defend.

Atletico were the better side after the break yet fortune was on Real’s side as Pepe’s rash challenge on Torres went unpunished and Stefan Savic stabbed another golden chance wide.

What now for Simeone and Atletico?

Three weeks ago, Atletico were on course for a La Liga and Champions League double, yet Diego Simeone’s side end the season without a trophy after the most heartbreaking of defeats.

Having finished three points behind champions Barcelona in Spain, they are left to reflect on what might have been despite an impressive second-half performance at the San Siro.

Griezmann became more dangerous as the final wore on but his missed penalty proved crucial, even though Carrasco later levelled after Juanfran’s brilliant volleyed cross.

It is the third time Atletico have reached the final and failed to win yet the future remains bright, with Simeone likely to remain in charge next season despite interest from Premier League clubs.

His task this summer will be keeping his assets, with Griezmann and midfielder Saul Niguez having been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

Clattenburg emerges with praise

England’s Mark Clattenburg had his work cut out as he refereed a tempestuous derby, which saw eight bookings.

Real defender Pepe was at his theatrical best from the start as he tried to influence the Premier League official, who also had to calm down Simeone after Dani Carvajal’s early foul on Griezmann.

Ramos put Real ahead from what looked like an offside position but Clattenburg’s assistant kept his flag down.

However the 41-year-old from County Durham, who will be officiating at Euro 2016, was right to award the penalty which saw Griezmann hit the underside of the bar in the 47th minute. BBC Sport

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