Real Madrid won the Champions League once again thanks to extra time goals which belonged to Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo as they came from behind in dramatic circumstances to beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in Lisbon on Saturday.
Atletico seemed to be ready to have its first ever European crown as they led deep into stoppage time thanks to Diego Godin’s first-half header, however, Sergio Ramos changed the course of the game during extra time with a towering header in the 93rd minute.
“For the second time this season having already scored the winner to hand Real the Copa del Rey against Barcelona last month, Bale scored the crucial goal when he headed into an empty net after Thibaut Courtois had parried Angel di Maria’s effort,” writes Tribune.
With Atletico committed to finding an equaliser, its opponents were able to carry out a counter-attack and Marcelo killed the game off when his low shot appeared to be too strong for Courtois before Ronaldo sealed his return to Lisbon with a fourth from the penalty spot.
“It is the most important goal I have scored,” said Ramos after the game. “It is an incredible feeling. We kept fighting until the end for the fans. It is not my goal, but one for all Madrid fans, my family and all those that have supported us until the end. We deserved it after so many years.”
Ramos went on, adding that Casillas told him before the match, “You are the chief,” including an expletive for emphasis.
“I would have liked Ramos’s goal a bit earlier,” Real’s president, Florentino Pérez, admitted, “so as to avoid a heart attack.”
“The equalizer was just tragic,” said Gabi, Atlético’s captain. “We tried to keep fighting and battling, but they took advantage in extra time.”
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti after the victory becomes the first man since Bob Paisley to win the competition three times.
“We have done it with a lot of suffering and difficulty, but in the end we have done it and we deserved it,” said the Italian. “I am very happy for this because we have won a trophy that for Real Madrid is very important. We have worked hard all year for this.”
Atletico captain Gabi told reporters that his side had been well-beaten in extra time after suffering the body blow of Ramos’ equaliser.
“They managed to equalise and that is football,” he said. “After the extra time they were deserving winners. We have competed for a year like animals and we have gone as far as we could.”
Real’s extraordinary game, that brought to the team its 10th Campions League title, capped a fevered few weeks in Madrid, where the match was a citywide obsession. Marca, one of two sports newspapers based in Madrid, proclaimed the game to be an “eternal” battle.