Sergio Ramos, the hero in Lisbon 2 years ago, was again on target as the Blancos skipper opened the scoring within the first quarter of the game, tapping home a free-kick from Toni Kroos right under Jan Oblak. With only 11 more minutes of normal time left, Yannick Carrasco restored parity with an emphatic finish to a sumptuous Juanfran cross.
The game went into extra-time after 1-1 in normal time, but the scoreline remained the same, leaving the prospect of a penalty-shootout decider. With Real Madrid scoring the first 4 penalties, Juanfran fluffed his lines, allowing no one but Cristiano Ronaldo to strike the decisive kick.
It was joy again for Real, and heart-break, for Atleti, as the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League culminated in a truly emphatic fashion. Here are the major talking points from the Lombardy capital.
#1 All’s well that ends well
Up until the middle of March, Real Madrid were heading towards yet another trophyless season, only for fortunes to turn for the better thereafter.
The pandemonium under Rafael Benitez, the ignominy of Copa Del Rey suspension and the raft of injuries to the players, Los Blancos were embroiled in utter turmoil. However, everything changed once Zinedine Zidane took over.
Not only did the Whites find their rhythm, but also pushed eternal-rivals Barcelona all the way till the final matchday in La Liga, but more importantly, capped off their tumultuous season with the biggest prize of them all.
As the old cliche goes, ‘all’s well that ends well’.