For those of an Indian persuasion, may i direct you towards the inimitable Soumalya Moitra and his live blog for the ISL FINAL
PEEP! PEEP! REAL MADRID ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!
REAL MADRID 4 - 2 KASHIMA ANTLERS
Ronaldo played horribly for 120 minutes and scored a hattrick. As the kids would say, #justballondor things.
Amazing display of clinical finishing from the Portuguese superstar as Modric and Kroos proved the difference between the two. Kashima Antlers had their chances - a lot of them - and they out up an almighty fight!!!
Great stuff from both teams, and it was mighty fun covering it. Thanks for reading!
Anirudh Menon signing out.
One minute of added time. For what God knows.
120' The game has petered out and there is but one conclusion to this.
117' Soghata channels his inner Rene Higuita, comes out to cut off the long ball and dribble past Morata. Morata thankfully cannot access his inner Roger Milla
116' OW MORATA! The man teases, torments, and sends Yamomoto to heaven with three feints of equal viciousness. His shot beats the keeper, but Shoji is there on the line to save it.
113' Gen Shoji gets fed up with Kovacic as he goes on another meandering run and takes him down. Substitution as Akasaki comes on for golazo-scoring hero Shibasaki.
111' Benzema curls it into the net, but he's well offside. Substitution as Cristiano Ronaldo walks off to universal applause and is replaced by that matador Alvaro Morata
110' Yamamoto tries to make something happen down the left, but the ball is straight at Navas.
109' Nishi motors down the right and lifts a lovely litte ball that Nacho has to stretch to keep away from Suzuki. From the corner, the striker is caught offside.
107' Kashima have still NOT given up the ghost. They are chasing the ball like rabid demons, but Madrid are passing the ball around with ludicrous ease. Substitution as Ramos is protected from yet another red and is taken off for Nacho
106' Magnificent run from Kovacic to start things off again as he ghosts past three red shirts before almost playing in Ronaldo. Brave, quick-thinking, keeping Soghata prevents a fourth for the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.
PEEP! We're off again.
Kovacic on for Modric
PEEP! PEEP! FIRST HALF OF ET ENDS
That was a lethal display of clinical finishing from the Master.
105' Isco goes for a fifth but it's blocked by the still battling Ueda. Madrid are slipping back into second gear and comfort drive mode here.
And that's the hat trick. The ball bounced to him after Kroos' shot was blocked, and Ronaldo does NOT miss those from three yards out.
104' GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! RONALDO! RONALDO! RONALDO!
102' Substitution for Kashima again as Ito replaces Endo. They are throwing everything they have at this. There are at least four guys on the pitch right now who can, at the very least, moonlight as a striker.
101' OH LORD! OH LORD!! THAT HIT THE BAR! Shibusaki swings in a superb, teaser, that finds Yuma Suzuki unmarked five yards from goal. HE CLATTERS A POWERFUL HEADER RIGHT OFF THE BAR! UFF!!
100' Casemiro gets a yellow for cynically stepping into the way of a flying Kanazaki. Kashima have a freekick in a dangerous position. Can they? Shibasaki stands over it.
99' Kashima are in no mood to lie down though, and swarm forward. It ends with a goal kick, but Madrid does not have this in the bag yet, make no mistake.
The ball is eased into the Portuguese' path by an excellent Kroos pass and the great man calmly slots it under the advancing Sogahata. He makes it look so simple.
97' GOAL!!! RONALDO! RONALDO! RONALDO!
96' The corner is gathered with great relief by Navas. Madrid go forward again.....