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Post-Match Analysis: How Real Madrid Outplayed Juventus to clinch their LaDuoDecima

Written by: Ali Shibil Roshan

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Real Madrid once again proved why they’re called the best team in Europe by beating Allegri’s Juventus in the Champions League Final.

The game wasn’t as easy as the scorecard suggests. Cardiff hosted a brilliant 90 minutes where both teams showed their full capability to play good, positive football. Real Madrid clinched the title, though. One could say that it was a spectacular night at Cardiff as the both teams displayed their attacking intents.

The game grew up as usual as Real Madrid’s previous Champions League games. Juventus dominated possession during the first half and they controlled the major part of the game. Just a few minutes after kick-off, Juventus started their attacking game, testing Keylor Navas early with some attacking vigour. Audiences could say that the game was completely packed up by Juventus as they outplayed Real Madrid’s defence time and again and challenged Keylor Navas with fair shots.

However, the first goal of the game came against the flow as Cristiano Ronaldo’s deflected shot went past Gianluigi Buffon. Wow! The Portuguese captain is incredible and has become the first man to score in three Champions League finals. Yeah, he is a legend already. With no measures other than attacking, Juventus still kept their game going as they deployed many chances from the left wing.

Juventus cancelled Cristiano’s opener after Mario Manzukic netted the equaliser with an overhead volley. It was a superb finish from Mario Mandzukic and Keylor Navas’s full stretched dive couldn’t help keep it out. Juventus ventured for a second as they played frenetic and Alex Sandro was their trump card. He created many chances from the left, threatening Real Madrid’s defence in general and Dani Carvajal in particular. It was Juventus who dominated the proceedings in the first half. Real Madrid, though, took a little dominance in the last few minutes.

The second half was as different a tale as it could be. Real Madrid destroyed Juventus’s stubborn defence as the midfield pair of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos grew into the game and demolished Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira. Real Madrid slowly took the control of the game with Modric in the centre of it.

Real Madrid’s vigorous attacks put Juventus under pressure. Real Madrid attacked from every nook and corner with Marcelo and Carvajal creating crosses and chances from both wings. Later on, Real Madrid took the lead as the Casemiro’s 35-yard stunner, once again, was deflected past Gianluigi Buffon by Sami Khedira. Real Madrid’s attack became severe after this goal. Just 3 minutes after this beauty, came Cristiano’s second and third for Real Madrid as Modric’s brilliant run and cross from the line found the poacher Cristiano Ronaldo and he duly converted it, making Juventus stubborn defence look vulnerable for the first time this season.

It was a clinical finish, stuff made for poachers. Cristiano netted by getting in between Juventus defence, giving them no time or respite to regroup. Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could only look at it as it passed him and ruffled the net. Juventus already looked down and out after this.

Soon after the goal, Allegri went for changes as Miralem Pjanic and Andrea Barzagli made way for Claudio Marchisio and Juan Cuadrado respectively. Cuadrado, later, became a victim of Sergio Ramos’ diving.                              

Karim Benzema was substituted off by Zidane for home-star Gareth Bale and minutes later, Isco was replaced with Marco Asensio. Real Madrid continued being ruthless, creating one chance after another. Later, when the game was near its end, Asensio scored from a brilliant cross from Marcelo to make it 4-1.

The game was already over and there was nothing Juventus could do. After the final whistle, histories were created. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to win 2 Champions Leagues with two different teams and Real Madrid became the first team to retain the European glory in its new format. Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to winChampionspions League back-to-back. Rapheal Varane became the youngest player to clinch 3 Champions League titles. Real Madrid, once again, demonstrated why they’re regarded as the best European side ever.  

Published: Sun Jun 04, 2017 06:09 PM IST

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