Congratulations to Real Madrid on winning their 10th European crown. This title puts Real Madrid in a place no other club in world football has ever been. The first club to reach double digits wins in Champions League trophies. Atletico Madrid faced off Real Madrid in the final in Lisbon to decide who will be king of club football. In Champions League fashion, there was drama, and there was thrills, but at the end, a great football match.
Atletico and Real Madrid traded blows in the beginning of the match. Both squads looked reserved in attacking, and each waited for the other team to commit to a certain tactic. The first breakthrough came through a bizarre goal by David Godin. David Godin, who is a fine form, headed the equalizer against Barcelona that won the Spanish League, and it looked like he would give another goal for Atletico to win the Champions League trophy. Godin’s header beat a charging Iker Casillas who could only get fingertips to ball. One to zero, advantage the Spanish Champions.
The game seemed to fall into the scenario catered to Atletico’s playing style. Take the lead, play great defense, and grind out the win. For the rest of the match, Atletico would not give Real Madrid time to break away on counter attacks. The few cracks of Atletico’s armor showed in Gareth Bale’s missed chances. Other than that, Atletico had the game under control until the great defense took a great blow by an opposing defender. Sergio Ramos saved Real Madrid’s dreams of La Decima with a header in minute 93. The sizzling in form Ramos added another goal to his goal scoring form of May. Extra time was imminent, and it seemed like the thrills would not end yet.
Extra time was a completely different story than the entire first 90 minutes of the match. Real Madrid came out in full attack mode. It seemed that Atletico ran out of gas towards the end. Players looked tired, and couldn’t keep up with the speed Real Madrid has in their attack. The go ahead goal came in minute 110. Who else to score the goal, than Real Madrid’s 100 million euro man Gareth Bale. A magnificent run by Angel Di Maria gave the chance for Gareth Bale to head the winner. After the goal, Atletico seemed lost, and out of touch. Shortly after, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo added their names to the score sheet making the final score 4-1. The comeback was complete.
Real Madrid wins their 10th European crown, and look to repeat next year. Atletico may have lost, but can hold their heads up high, as they are still Spanish League Champions. We can all stop calling La Liga a two horse race, and start calling a three horse race. Atletico Madrid showed that they are the real deal, and are here to compete. Spanish football was written off last year after the embarrassment that they were handed to by the Germans. This time, the Spanish have shown us that La Liga clubs are here to stay, and compete.