Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

Kristopher Nichols
June 4, 2017

It was an entertaining first half that saw Juventus started brightly, but conceded a goal against the run of play when Cristiano Ronaldo finished with a move in which the Italian side's defence were carved open with uncharacteristic ease in the 20th minute.

Juventus' supporters react after as they follow the UEFA Champions League Final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid on a giant screen, on June 3, 2017 in Piazza San Carlo in Turin.

It meant Los Blancos had scored in every match they have played this season - all 60 of them - and for Ronaldo it was a 41st goal of the campaign and a 104th in the Champions League.

The Portugal worldwide had scored five goals in the quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich and three in the last-four win over Atletico Madrid, with Kroos hailing his impact.

"The first half was really tough, against a brilliant team in every aspect, but in the second half we saw the best performance from Real Madrid all season", he said.

When Juventus enjoyed spells of pressure in the first half, Real largely held firm.

Substitute Marco Asensio scored the fourth goal for Real in added time, as ten-man Juventus chased two goals in a bid to equalise.

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Real won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1956 and 1960 and now won their 15th final, claiming a record-extending 12th crown and for the honour of being the only team to defend the trophy in the Champions League era successfully. I'm very happy. An unbelievable season, we've won trophies. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas didn't stand a chance. While Buffon will try to win his first Champions League with 39 years old.

Bookended by Ronaldo's goal was a go-ahead score by Casemiro, who tucked the ball inside the left post on a 30-yard drive.

Zinedine Zidane's men took control after the interval as Brazilian midfielder Casemiro's deflected shot restored the lead for the Spanish side.

"Three Champions Leagues in four years is insane".

Gareth Bale will have to content himself with a place on the bench as Real Madrid take on Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff.

"I prepared myself for this, you win the biggest prizes because of what you do at the end of the season", he said.

"But Real Madrid have important players and when they have a player who wins the Ballon d'Or (Ronaldo) it's a huge advantage". "My only criticism of my team is that after the second goal we should have found a solution to stay in the game", he said.

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