Champions League Final: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – We Are The Champions!

31 May

Sun shines on the trophy

I’m going to do this post a bit different than normal. For the actual technical parts of the game, I’ll be short. I really want to share the absolute plethora of media I’ve found from the match.

I’ll also be adding the celebrations in a different post. If I put it all in one I’m afraid we all may as well be living in the age of 90s dial-up again.

Pre-Match Social Media:

I’m very disappointed that this didn’t get a #ToniLive

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Starting Lineups:

Real Madrid starters

during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale

Atleti starters

during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak; Juanfran, Diego Godin, Stefan Savic, Filipe Luis; Augusto Fernandez, Gabi, Koke; Saul Ñiguez, Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann

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The 6th minute was our first chance. Oblak made a great save against Casemiro. It was nice to see our boys unafraid to shoot.

Dani was booked in the 11th minute for flattening Griezmann. Sometimes I shake my head at our little bearded Rottweiler.

I was absolutely floored (and screaming) when Sergio scored in the 15th minute. I honestly wasn’t expecting us to score that early at all. Atleti’s defense is usually just too good. I don’t even want to talk about the “Was he or wasn’t he offside” question. It’s not worth it. Sergio loves to score in CL finals!

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At one point I turned to Lozil and asked her if I’d fallen asleep because I realized that Navas really hadn’t had anything to do.

In the 32nd minute Oblak made another great save as Big Benz drilled the ball toward goal.

Griezmann was really the only Atleti player that was giving us any trouble to that point. He had a couple of chances late in the first half but we have Navas. And also, his shots were wide.

After one minute of added time, it was the end of the first half and time for us to catch our breath (and also use the bathroom because beer…).

Real Madrid 1 – 0 Atletico Madrid

Second Half:

Carrasco replaced Augusto to start the second half.

In the 47th minute, Pepe took Nando out in the box and Atleti were awarded a penalty. Our table of Madridistas (and friends humoring us) let out a collection groan. We were all a bit confused when Navas was given a yellow card. We didn’t realize at first that he’d been booked for delaying.

His mind games worked as we all breathed a HUGE sigh of relief as Griezmann’s penalty struck the crossbar and came back out.

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In the 52nd minute, Dani had to be taken off because of injury. He was in tears as he walked off the field and was replaced by Danilo. It was heartbreaking.

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Nando was booked in the 61st minute for going in late on his Pony. I worry for the future of Sernando, as I think all of us do.

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Oblak made yet ANOTHER super save against Benzema in the 71st minute.

In the 72nd minute, Isco replaced #ToniLive and, in the 77th minute, Vazquez came in for Benzema.

In the 79th minute our entire table screamed in agony as Carrasco put in a cross from Juanfran. I’m still not convinced that it didn’t come off Vazquez, but luckily I’m the only one that saw that. Carrasco celebrated by making out with his girlfriend. At least, I hope it was his girlfriend. It would be really awkward if he didn’t know her…

After 4 minutes of extra time, The Pony was booked for taking out Carrasco and Gabi was then shown a yellow for dissent.

And that was the end of the second half. Real Madrid 1 – 1 Atletico Madrid

Extra Time:

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Casemiro tried one from distance to get us going in the first half of extra time, but it was an easy save for Oblak.

Danilo picked up a yellow in the 3rd minute for a late challenge on Carrasco.

The first half of extra time ended still tied at 1 – 1.

In the 19th minute of extra time, Lucas Hernandez replaced Filipe Luis for Atleti.

In the 22nd minute, Pepe (who I have to admit was embarrassing despite his fabulous defending) was booked for a challenge on Gabi.

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And referee Mark Clattenburg revealed his identity as one of the lizard people.

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In the 26th minute, Thomas replaced Koke in Atletico’s final change.

And THEN it went to penalties. I was personally already feeling crappy, a combo of having a fever (though I didn’t know that at the time) and bordering on an anxiety attack.

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Penalties:

Lucas Vazquez stepped up first for our beloved Blancos, much to my surprise. And he took that penalty kick like he had the confidence of Zlatan.

Griezmann was first for Atleti and made up for his earlier miss.

Marcelo put his penalty in the bottom corner to give us 2.

Then Gabi put his in the top corner to bring Atleti level.

Bale took our 3rd penalty and buried it for 3.

Then Saul did the same for Atleti. All level at 3 penalties each.

The Pony, who I couldn’t watch, buried his penalty to make it 4.

Juanfran stepped up next and smacked the post. We were up one! All we needed was for Cristiano to put his in the net!

And really… This is his stage! Cris put his penalty in and gave us our Undecima!!

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Lozil and I hugged and attempted not to sob with joy. And she very nearly had herself thrown over a very large, drunk man’s shoulder just like she did two years ago.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!

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Had to love Isco’s joke!

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I’m only sharing this because it absolutely broke me. As I saw on Tumblr, we won La Undecima, but at what cost?

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Match Photos:

Post-Match Comments:

Zizou post match

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Zidane: “It’s an honour to win the Champions League with this great club”
by Javier Garcia (Milan)

“I’ve got a phenomenal squad who have fought and worked incredibly hard”, added the coach.

The ninth European Cup, then la Décima and now la Undécima as a coach. Zidane began his managerial trophy haul in the best possible fashion. The Frenchman was unable to hide his joy in the press room at the San Siro: “I’m happy with everything that we’ve done together. It’s by no means easy to win the Champions League. We’ve worked hard and fought for it and I’m very happy”.

“We went into the game in good shape. Towards the end we suffered physically. The players had cramps but that’s normal. Mentally, there’s a lot of pressure. You have to fight and we’ve got there by working hard. When you win something as big as the Champions League, it means a lot to the players, the coaching staff and the fans”.

A dream come true
“Yes, I’ve dreamed about this. I’m positive. The president has given me the opportunity to coach this great club. I’ve got a phenomenal squad who have fought and worked incredibly hard. Having players with this kind of talent, you can achieve something great”.

Club legend
“Di Stéfano is Di Stéfano and we all know what he’s been for this club. I’m happy to have been part of this club for such a long time. I’ve won the Champions League as a player, as an assistant coach and now as head-coach. I’m proud to be involved with this great club. Ancelotti told me that winning the Champions League as the coach of this club is different, special”.

“Real Madrid has been, is and always will be a big club and to be part of this project makes me very proud. It is an honour having achieved all of this with Real Madrid”.

The opponents
“The game was decided on penalties but they could have won. Congratulations to Simeone, who is an incredible coach, and congratulations to his team. I am proud of what we have achieved. We suffered right up until the end, but I’m only thinking of the positives. You have to congratulate the two for the work they have done. We had a few clear chances to have scored the second goal”.

Cristiano
“He gave us the win. He was there as the last player and he wasn’t injured. He fought and ran a lot. He always thought positively for the team and helped his teammates. We have all done a great job”.

Suffering
“We suffered quite a lot and you can see that from the way in which I’m talking. I have no energy left, I can barely speak. I want to enjoy this moment, what we have achieved”.

Penalties
“I didn’t watch Atlético’s penalties against PSV. We had something in mind first and then afterwards we asked the players how they feel as well”.

Peez post match

Florentino Perez: “The Champions League Is In Our DNA”

“I feel very proud of Real Madrid, of the fans, the players and its history.”, stated the president.

The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, spoke to the media following the team’s Undécima title win at the San Siro: “I feel very proud of Real Madrid, of the fans, the players and its history. I would like to dedicate a few words to Atlético Madrid because they made a great effort”.

“Zidane has been very important. He has changed history and he has won this both as player and manager. He said the same to me as player: I did it, president. In moments as emotional as this I would like to dedicate this win to our fans in Iraq, who show the true values of madridismo”.

The most important competition
“Every season is difficult. In La Liga we were only one point off, it is always difficult. We have fought and had a good season. The Champions League is in our DNA, it is the most important and the thing you value above anything else in the world”.

Sergio Ramos
“I would like to personally thank Sergio Ramos for his great season. In january he took the weight of the team on his shoulders. Everyone knows that I want him to stay because he is an integral part of our history”.

Fatigue
“There were a lot of cases of cramp, but it’s normal. They didn’t hold back. In December we analysed the situation and we had a lot of faith in Zidane. We always play well in finals”.

Ramos post match

Sergio Ramos, MVP in the final
by Javier Garcia (Milan)

“It’s reward for our hard work and sacrifice”, said the captain.

Another magical night for Sergio Ramos was written in the stars. The Whites’ captain was chosen MVP in the Champions League final after scoring to make it 1-0 and then converting from the spot in the penalty shootout. He opened the scoring with 15 minutes gone after a Kroos free-kick was headed into his path by Bale. And he also scored the fourth spot-kick in the shooutout which would bring home the Undécima. Ramos was decisive once again in a Champions League final against Atlético.

“It’s reward for our hard work and sacrifice”
“We had a unique opportunity to make history after a tough season, with some real ups and downs, and we’ve been repayed with this title. It’s reward for the hard work and sacrifice. We played a good match and football has two sides: one team win and the other loses, so we have to congratulate Atlético on their fantastic season”.

Bale post match

Bale: “Winning la Undecima is incredible”
by Alberto Navarro (Milan)

“The fans never stopped supporting us”, said Marcelo.

Bale displayed his joy after winning the Champions League final against Atlético: “It’s an incredible feeling to win it for the second time. It’s difficult to put it into words, but winning la Undécima is incredible. It was a difficult match, really tough, especially with the heat, but we showed character and being united we’ve managed to win, which was the most important thing”.

“The team and the fans were incredible. We gave it our all. Now we’ve got to enjoy this win and next season try to win the Duodécima (twelfth title) in Cardiff”.

Marcelo: “We fought hard and in the end we managed to win it”
“I want to say thank you to the fans, who have never stopped supporting us. We’ve managed to win; we fought hard, suffered and in the end we managed to win it”.

Benzema: “We have to say thank you to the fans”
“I’m really happy with the win. We’ve had a difficult season but we’re very happy today. We knew it was going to be difficult against an opponent like Atlético. We’ve got to say thank you to the fans, and we’ll see you in Madrid”.

Isco: “We have to be very proud of this team”
“We’ve been moving forward all season and now we’ve got to enjoy this victory. We should be very proud of this team. It’s all like a dream. It’s the second time I’ve won it in two years with Real Madrid. I’m really proud of the fans and all my teammates”.

“On this occasion we pushed up and with ten minutes to go, they equalised. We know penalties is a lottery, but we’ve come out on top. I was convinced we were going to win it. Cristiano scored the decisive penalty and now we’re heading back to Madrid with la Undécima”.

Pepe: “Madrid are always fighting to win titles”
“It’s been a tough year for us, but the important thing is that we’ve remained calm and we’ve worked really hard all year. Madrid are always fighting to win titles. Zidane has played football and he knows what the players need. He told us to stay calm, do things well, play as a team. The most important thing is that we have a magnificent team”.

Modric: “I’m proud to have won la Undécima”
“It’s an incredible feeling. We played well, we fought to the end, we suffered as a team during the penalties and we achieved a deserved victory. We deserved to win and I’m proud to have clinched la Undécima. The Champions League is Real Madrid’s competition. The trophy belongs to Real Madrid and that’s why it’s the best club in the world. We have to keep this up”.

Dedicated to the fans
“We want to celebrate it with the fans, this trophy is for them. We’ve had a difficult season, with some tough moments but they have supported us all the way and this trophy is for them. Now we’re going to enjoy it in Cibeles”.

Post-Match Social Media:

Even Big Flow got in on this!

I’m so glad we ended this season this way! I’m pretty speechless, to be honest.

¡Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!

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(gifs courtesy of theloneamaryllis, lucas-vazquez, Madridistaforever, benzgrizi, cristianoronldo GF Sports, gutilicious, and informadrid)

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One Response to “Champions League Final: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – We Are The Champions!”

  1. jellyace June 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    Thank you for this delicious post! Still giddy!

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