New Delhi: In a dramatic match which witnessed an undeterred pursuit for the historic title, Real Madrid pulled a major upset over Atletico Madrid to claim the 2016 Champions League title.
A wide shot at the left side of the bar from Juanfran and a precise swerve from Ronaldo was all it took for Real Madrid to etch their name as the champions on the 2016 Champions League cup. Atletico fans, who were flabbergasted to witness a goal from their team in the last ten minutes of the match, had to gulp down an unacceptable defeat as their perfected team under Simeone crumbled unfortunately like a bad dream.
Atletico Madrid had everything going for them: an opponent team that had depleted all of its substitutes, players on the brink of an injury, and an attack that solidified and became more intense every passing minute. But as fate decides in the outcome of the game, Griezmann missing a precious penalty shot before the end of extra time decided in their weakness on Saturday night’s game.
Real Madrid, who has now claimed the Champions League title for the eleventh time, did as exactly they were supposed to do. Captain Sergio Ramos scored early, and the rest of the match became a defensive battle against an ultra-defensive Atletico Madrid. Real had their chances, but it wasn’t even close compared to how Atletico pierced their defence shield and kept more than 60% possession of the ball in the entire match. Coach Zinedine Zidane has now more reasons to celebrate than just securing the position of head coach for the most expensive and skillful team in the world. This title of Champions League will be his redemption for his unfortunate exit from the World Cup.
Albeit Atletico Madrid lost today, they have emerged as a stronger team, one that now will demand the same level of respect as any other top teams in the football today.
Real Madrid is the 2016 Champions League winner.