Evening all! Sports Mole
's live Champions League coverage for the 2015-16 season concludes from Milan as Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid
in the final. Tonight's clash is a repeat of the 2014 final, when Real Madrid equalised in the 93rd minute, before going on to win the match 4-1. Atletico were so, so close in Lisbon. Can they triumph this time around? Let's hope for an entertaining night of action from the San Siro.
Kickoff in Milan is not actually for another two hours, but be sure to remain with us for all of the build-up and indeed the team news, which is expected to land in the next 50 minutes or so. It will be fascinating to see just who Zinedine Zidane
and Diego Simeone have placed their faith in tonight. Both managers have had some injury scares over the last week or so. Cough, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tonight's match will be the 213th meeting between Real Madrid and Atletico in all competitions. Real Madrid have 107 wins to their name, Atletico 54, while the remaining 51 fixtures have finished level. It would be fair to say that Real Madrid have dominated this clash throughout history, but Atletico's recent record against their neighbours is very, very impressive. Will that continue tonight?
Indeed, Atletico have won seven of their last 16 games against Real Madrid in all competitions – suffering just four defeats in the process. Incredibly, before that run, they had failed to win any of their previous 25 with Los Blancos, which is an indication of how far they have come under Simeone.
As expected, the vast majority of matches between these two teams have taken place in Spanish football. This season in La Liga, the points were shared in a 1-1 draw at the Vicente Calderon last October, before Atletico recorded a 1-0 victory at the Bernabeu in late February. Atletico have won two of their last five meetings in all competitions and Real Madrid just one.
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Tonight will be the fourth time that the pair have met in a European tie. Their first fixtures came in the 1958-59 European Cup semi-finals. Real Madrid won the first leg 2-1, but Atletico prevailed in the return. That forced a replay, which Real Madrid won to advance into a fourth consecutive final.
It would be another 55 years until their next meeting, which came in the 2014 Champions League final. Diego Godin's 36th-minute header looked to be securing a first crown for Atletico, but Sergio Ramos
levelled in the 93rd minute and Real Madrid ran away with it in extra-time. It finished 4-1 thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo, but Atletico will be out for revenge in tonight's match after going so, so close in Lisbon. Many feel that their time has now arrived.
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These two teams also met in the 2014-15 quarter-finals. After a goalless first game at the Vicente Calderon, on-loan Man United striker Javier Hernandez struck the only goal in the return to send Real Madrid into the semi-finals once again. It would be fair to say that they have some history in the European Cup, but Real Madrid have certainly had the better of it when it comes to this competition.
Real Madrid have reached the final of the European Cup for a 14th time, which unsurprisingly, is more than any other team. They have won 10 of those finals – also a record, including the last four. They missed out on the La Liga title to Barcelona by a single point, but it would be some achievement if Zinedine Zidane could deliver yet another European Cup to the Bernabeu this term.
Atletico, meanwhile, will play their third European Cup final tonight. They lost out to Bayern Munich after a replay in 1974 and as mentioned, were beaten by Real Madrid in the 2014 final. Interestingly, this is the third time in the last four years that the Champions League final has been contested by teams from the same nation. The only surprise is that Barcelona are not one of the sides in the final.
As a result of this final, there will be a Spanish winner of the European Cup for the third consecutive season. Sevilla also beat Liverpool to win the Europa League for a third consecutive season and it would be fair to say that Spanish football is currently dominating the European game.
Real Madrid's European record against Spanish opposition is won 10, drawn five and lost three. The last time that they lost to a domestic rival in Europe was the first leg of the 2010-11 semi-final against Barcelona. Atletico, meanwhile, have won seven and lost only three of their 13 other European games against Spanish sides. Something has to give tonight and kickoff is now not too far away!
As mentioned, Real Madrid fell just short of Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title this season, while Atletico's challenge ended on the penultimate weekend of the season. Real Madrid actually won their last 12 league games, which matched their best run since December 2014 under a certain Carlo Ancelotti.
Barcelona just managed to hold off the pressure from the capital, however, to claim the title by a single point from Real Madrid. Two weeks ago, Zidane's side ended their league season with a 2-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Ronaldo hit both goals at the Riazor to ensure that he hit 50 or more club goals for the sixth season in a row. He has shaken off a slight knock to make tonight's contest.
Ronaldo will enter this match having scored 16 times in the Champions League this season, which is one short of his own record from the 2013-14 campaign. In all, Ronaldo has 94 Champions League goals to his name – 78 of which have come in the white of Real Madrid. Quite staggeringly, Ronaldo has 78 goals in 74 European games for Los Blancos. The man is just an absolute machine.
Atletico, meanwhile, ended the La Liga season in third position on 88 points – two shy of Real Madrid and three behind Barcelona. Simeone's side conceded just 18 league goals in the 2015-16 campaign, which was the best goals against record in Europe's top five leagues. Jan Oblak, meanwhile, kept 24 league clean sheets – more than any other goalkeeper in Atletico history.
Antoine Griezmann proved to be Atletico's star man, however, and the Frenchman will enter this match on 32 goals for the season. He hit 22 in Spain's top flight and has seven in the Champions League this season. A host of clubs are believed to be keen on the forward, but Griezmann is widely expected to sign another new long-term contract at the Calderon. What a fine player he has become!
It has been another fine campaign for Atletico, but Diego Simeone will be a touch concerned that his team have lost two of their last three games in all competitions. The first of those was a 2-1 defeat away to Bayern in the semi-finals of the Champions League, but Atletico still managed to advance on the away goals rule (2-2). The second, meanwhile, came at Levante on May 8.
Atletico did end their La Liga season with a 2-0 victory at home to Celta on May 14, however, and like Real Madrid, have had two weeks to recover and prepare for this match. Right, that time has reached us. The team news is just filtering through from the San Siro so let me bring you up to speed!
Before I confirm the teams - it is nice to see some love in the air between Real and Atletico...
REAL: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
ATLETI: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Luis; Fernandez, Gabi, Koke; Saul, Torres, Griezmann
No surprises in the Real Madrid XI tonight. Ronaldo has indeed shaken off a slight knock to start in a front three that also includes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Casemiro starts over Isco and James Rodriguez in the middle of the park, while Dani Carvajal is selected at right-back over Danilo. It is the team that was expected to take to the field and Zidane has not made any surprise calls!
Atletico boss Simeone, however, has made a couple of interesting calls. Stefan Savic has been picked to start at centre-back over Jose Gimenez, while Augusto Fernandez joins Gabi and Koke in the middle of the park. That will allow Saul Niguez to move further forward and support Fernando Torres and Griezmann in the final third. Fit-again Tiago is on the bench for the Red and Whites tonight.
So there we have it. The two teams are in and we are now little over 45 minutes from kickoff on this mild evening in Milan. Both sets of players will soon join us on the pitch for their warm-ups and it must be said that the atmosphere inside the stadium is already bouncing. What a way to end the Champions League season – Real Madrid versus Atletico at the San Siro. The fans are enjoying it already...
ROUTE TO THE FINAL – REAL MADRID! Right, let's start with Real Madrid. The Spanish giants were drawn into Group A alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo. In truth, it would have been one of the biggest shocks of all time if Los Blancos had not made it through in either first or second and the Spaniards won five of their six group games to finish top of the section.
Real Madrid scored 19 goals in their six group matches and only conceded three times in the process. It was a very comfortable progression and they were then drawn with Roma in the last-16 stage of the competition. Roma impressed in Serie A during the 2015-16 season, but Real Madrid were too far strong – winning 2-0 both home and away to breeze into the quarter-finals once again.
It would be fair to say that Real Madrid were handed a kind quarter-final draw, but Wolfsburg gave them a serious scare. Indeed, the German outfit recorded a 2-0 victory in the first leg to put the pressure firmly on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, but Ronaldo – who else – hit a stunning hat-trick in the return to ensure that Zidane's team made the semi-finals. It was Ronaldo in an absolute nut-shell.
Playing in their first European Cup semi-final, Premier League side Manchester City were Real Madrid's opponents in the final four. A tight first leg at the Etihad finished 0-0, but Real Madrid won the second leg 1-0 in Spain to advance. It was far from convincing from the Spanish giants, but they have performed when it matters and will play for an 11th European Cup in Milan tonight.
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ROUTE TO THE FINAL – ATLETICO! Simeone's side were drawn into Group C alongside Benfica, Galatasaray and Astana. On paper, it was a tricky and potentially dangerous section for Atletico, but as was the case for Real Madrid, it would have been a big surprise if they had not made it through when all was said and done. Ultimately, they won the section on 13 points – three ahead of runners-up Benfica.
Atletico actually lost at home to Portuguese outfit Benfica in their second group match, but recovered impressively to win four of their six group matches and only concede three times in the process. In the round of 16, the capital club were drawn against Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, who had surprisingly pipped Manchester United to second position behind Wolfsburg in Group B.
PSV took Atletico all the way to penalties after two 0-0 draws, but the Spanish outfit held their nerve to overcome the plucky Dutch club. Atletico's reward for beating PSV was a quarter-final tie against the favourites and reigning champions Barcelona, who at that point were absolutely flying across the board. Atletico had Fernando Torres sent off in a 2-1 first-leg defeat at Camp Nou, but sensationally won the return match 2-0 in Madrid to dump the holders out of the competition.
Overcoming Barcelona was a spectacular achievement for Atletico, but it did not get any easier as they were paired with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. A 1-0 first-leg win in Madrid placed Atletico in the driving seat, however, and they advanced on away goals after a 2-1 loss in Germany. They had to ride their luck against Bayern, but did enough to make it through.
Should Simeone deliver the crown to Atletico tonight, he would become just the third non-European coach to win the European Cup – the first two were also from Argentina – Luis Carniglia for Real Madrid in 1958, 1959 and Helenio Herrera for Inter Milan in 1964 and 1965. Can he do it?! We shall see!
Zidane, meanwhile, could become the seventh man to win the European Cup as both a player and coach, following in the footsteps of the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff. Zidane never lost to Atletico during his playing days with Real Madrid – winning six and drawing two of their eight meetings. Right, it is just about time for my pre-match prediction.
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PREDICTION! This is very, very tough to call. Strong cases can be made for both teams, but I just have a feeling for Real Madrid. Atletico will be out for revenge from the 2014 final and it would not surprise me one bit if they triumphed. That said, I have to pick and I am just, just siding with Real Madrid.
Just a reminder of the two teams for tonight's match...
REAL: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
ATLETI: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Luis; Fernandez, Gabi, Koke; Saul, Torres, Griezmann
Alicia Keys is currently performing at the Opening Ceremony! "These streets will make you feel brand new, let's hear it for New York". Indeed. Time for the football in a moment though!
That was very nice Alicia. Very nice indeed. But it is now time for the football. The pre-match handshakes have been undertaken and the flags have been exchanged. There is just no downplaying the importance of tonight's match. Real Madrid versus Atletico for the European Cup. Claudio Ranieri's new mate Andrea Bocelli has just sung the Champions League tune here!
Kickoff will be around three minutes late in Milan!
KICKOFF! Here we go then - a few minutes later than expected. It must be said that there is a sensational atmosphere inside the stadium as Atletico officially get the 2016 final underway in Milan...
... it is the 125th game in this season's Champions League, and indeed the last. Already something for referee Mark Clattenburg to deal with as Koke flies into a late challenge with Casemiro, which brings a furious reaction from Pepe. I think, think that he might see one or two yellow cards here!
As expected, it has been a very cagey start, with both teams just attempting to settle. Atletico make some ground down the right, but Saul cannot squeeze a cross into the box and Real Madrid resume with possession of the ball. The first goal - if there indeed is one - could be vital tonight.
First half-chance for Atletico as Koke meets a loose ball inside the Real Madrid box, but his scuffed effort is comfortable for Navas. Down the other end, Real Madrid break away and Gabi fouls Bale...
... SAVE! What a save! Stunning from Oblak as the Atletico goalkeeper somehow keeps out a close-range Casemiro effort. Bale delivered a wonderful free kick into Casemiro, who looked certain to finish from close range, but Oblak stopped the ball with his feet. Sensational stuff!
No bookings thus far, but there have been some very tasty challenges! Juanfran hacks Ronaldo to the ground before Ramos bundles over Torres. Busy opening eight minutes for the referee!
Atletico's defence is being put under pressure in the early exchanges and it would be fair to say that both Bale and Ronaldo are fired-up. Real Madrid force another corner as Kroos has a strike blocked by Savic, but the set piece is played short and ultimately cleared. High-tempo stuff here!
Carvajal absolutely flattens Griezmann. No booking though! Good grief it just had to be!
BOOKING! Spoke too soon - Carvajal (Real Madrid) is indeed booked.
Saul threatens to release a strike inside the Real Madrid box after driving past Kroos, but Navas is out to claim at the vital moment. Real Madrid are still on top, but Atletico are seeing more of the ball. It must be said that the opening 14 minutes of this contest have absolutely flown past here.
GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico (Ramos)
Breakthrough! Real Madrid take the lead in the 15th minute of the contest as Kroos's free kick is flicked on by Bale and Ramos is on hand to poke home from close range. What a moment!
There was certainly a hint of offside about that goal, but the linesman kept his flag down and Real Madrid are ahead. Atletico need to find a way of settling after a relatively slow start in Milan.
Atletico would have wanted to frustrate Real Madrid in the opening 20, 25 minutes, but Simeone's side are now very much up against it. That said, there is still plenty of time left for things to change at the San Siro. Real Madrid have been fired up from the moment the first whistle was blown though.
Atletico's back four need more from their midfield at the moment as Real Madrid continue to break the lines. Ronaldo hits one from distance, but Savic is on hand to make another smart block.
Half-chance for Atletico this time, but Juanfran misses the target from distance. In truth, it has been very comfortable for Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas thus far and this final is already 25 minutes old. You just get the feeling that Atletico need to score the next goal in this contest.
Real Madrid again work the ball into a wide position and Ronaldo delivers towards the far post, but Oblak is on hand to claim. Atletico just cannot get into the game as things stand in Milan.
Atletico enjoy a venture forward and manage to force a corner from Pepe, but Koke's delivery is comfortable for Navas. Eventually the ball is recycled and Koke attempts to deliver towards the far post, but it is too strong and Real Madrid can resume with a goal kick. Still 1-0 Los Blancos here.
SAVE! Oblak is forced to get down and make another smart save from Benzema, who had drilled an effort towards the far post. Real Madrid are much more threatening in this match.
Griezmann hits one from distance, but it is a comfortable save for Navas once again.
Super save from Navas, who keeps out a volley from Griezmann, but the Atletico attacker was in an offside position. Much better work from Atletico as Saul found his teammate free inside the box.
Atletico are starting to enjoy more possession, but Real Madrid are dropping back and look very comfortable at the back. Torres has to come very deep to get the ball and Real Madrid clear again.
No real chances to report in the last few minutes and it would be fair to say that Atletico have managed to slow Real Madrid in the final third of the field. Los Blancos might be ahead, but this game is far from over and Griezmann hits another effort into the arms of the waiting Navas.
CLOSE! Griezmann once again for Atletico, but his low strike is wide of the post. The Frenchman is the one player for Atletico looking capable of levelling the scores it must be said.
Almost at the break and Real Madrid still lead courtesy of that Ramos finish in the 15th minute. Atletico wanted offside and they might well have a case, but it was very, very close indeed.
Just the one additional minute to be played at the end of the first period.
HALF-TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico
So there we have it. The referee brings the first period to a close with Real Madrid leading 1-0 courtesy of a 15th-minute goal from Ramos, who bundled home from close range. Atletico have had a couple of dangerous moments through Griezmann, but Real Madrid deserve their lead here.
STATS! Atletico, surprisingly, have actually just shaded the possession with 52%, while they have had five attempts - three of which have been on target. Real Madrid, meanwhile, hit the target with two of their five first-half attempts. Just the one yellow card - Dani Carvajal in the 11th minute.
Isco, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vasquez and Jese Rodriguez are all on the bench for Real Madrid tonight, while Atletico boss Simeone has the likes of Angel Correa, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco
and Tiago in reserve. Still plenty of football to be played in the 2016 European Cup final.
RESTART! Here we go then - both sets of players re-join us on the pitch for the second 45 minutes. Can Atletico find a route back into this match? We shall see! Real Madrid resume the action...
... ATLETICO SUB! Carrasco has replaced Augusto for Atletico here.
Atletico are awarded a penalty as Pepe bundles Torres to the ground inside the box! Pepe attempted to move ahead of the Spanish striker and was simply too clumsy! What a moment!
BOOKING! Navas (Real Madrid) is booked for delaying the spot kick.
CROSSBAR! Griezmann fires his effort against the crossbar!
You would have backed Griezmann to level the scores, but his effort smashed the woodwork and it is a massive let-off for Real Madrid, who have made a fairly slow start to the second period here.
REAL MADRID SUB! Real Madrid are forced into a change as Carvajal, who looks to have pulled his hamstring, leaves the field for Danilo. Carvajal had been on a first-half booking for Los Blancos.
Real Madrid were comfortable for long spells of the second period, but Atletico are now the team on the front foot and I would be surprised if we had seen the last of the goals in 90 minutes. Juanfran delivers another terrific cross towards the far post, but Danilo does enough to head behind.
CHANCE! Savic just pokes wide of the Real Madrid post as Atletico threaten again!
Bale strikes wide of Oblak's left-hand post as Real Madrid launch a quick counter-attack.
Little over 30 minutes of normal time remaining and Atletico come close once again as Koke strikes one towards the top corner, but his effort was always moving wide of the post. Both managers have two permitted changes remaining, but unsurprisingly, there is no movement at the moment.
CHANCE! Atletico continue to threaten and Torres manages to deliver a super cross into Saul, but the Spaniard's volley is wide of the post. All one-way traffic at the moment in Milan.
BOOKING! Torres (Atletico) is booked for a late challenge on Ramos.
Just a reminder that it was Ramos who equalised for Real Madrid in the 2014 final, before Los Blancos went on to win 4-1 in extra-time. This final is far from over as Atletico continue to threaten.
Danilo breaks down the right and delivers a cross into Benzema, but Godin is on hand to make the clearance and it is Atletico's turn to break. End-to-end football, but it is Real Madrid that lead with 66 minutes on the clock. There are some tired legs and minds out there at the moment!
Real Madrid have a free kick in a dangerous area as Godin brings Ronaldo to the deck...
... Bale strikes, but it hits the wall and goes behind for a corner. Danger not over!
Ronaldo skippers away from Savic and breaks into the Atletico box, but Godin is across to make the challenge and Atletico can threaten once again. Real Madrid have numbers back though and eventually clear the danger to Bale, who has the legs and energy to make ground down the right.
SAVE! Super save from Oblak to keep out Benzema from inside the box!
REAL MADRID SUB! Kroos replaces Isco for Real Madrid.
Little over 15 minutes of normal time remaining and still Real Madrid lead 1-0. You just get the feeling that there is something in this game for Atletico, however, as the Red and Whites continue to threaten. Griezmann really should have levelled from the spot early in the second period.
Real Madrid are preparing to make their third and final change - Lucas Vasquez.
REAL MADRID SUB! Vasquez replaces Benzema in Real's final change.
Oblak gets down to keep out a strike from Ronaldo as the match continues to open up!
CHANCES! Two super chances for Real Madrid! However, Oblak keeps out a close-range Ronaldo effort and Savic clears Bale's strike on route to goal - what a piece of defending!
GOAL! Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico (Carrasco)
Oh my word! Atletico level! Real Madrid should be 2-0 ahead, but Atletico are now back on terms as Carrasco bundles a Juanfran cross home from inside the box! What a moment for him!
Well, it was never going to be straight-forward was it!
Real Madrid still look shell-shocked as Atletico continue to threaten. Torres has another half-chance for Simeone's side, but heads wide of Navas's near post from inside the box.
Oblak is across to palm a near-post Bale effort behind once again.
Marcelo delivers a super ball into the Atletico box, but there are no takers and it remains 1-1 with little over two minutes of normal time to play in this Milan final. What a contest it has been!
Oblak gets his hands on the ball following another period of pressure from Real Madrid, who have been the better team in the last five minutes or so. Still we play on in normal time here.
We are into the first of three additional minutes in Milan.
Not long left now and it does appear that this contest will head for extra-time. Real Madrid have already made all three changes, while Atletico have two left. That could be crucial in the next 30!
BOOKING! Ramos (Real Madrid) is booked for a late challenge on Carrasco.
BOOKING! Gabi (Atletico) is booked for dissent.
END OF 90 MINUTES: Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico
Here we go then! It will be extra-time to decide the contest in Milan!
Sergio Ramos sent Real Madrid into a 15th-minute lead, but Carrasco levelled in the 79th minute to force extra-time once again. Real Madrid won 4-1 when this occurred in the 2014 final, but I just cannot see the same outcome this time around. The first half of extra-time will soon start here.
RESTART! Real Madrid resume the action here.
Casemiro strikes one from distance, but it is comfortable for Oblak.
BOOKING! Danilo (Real Madrid) is booked for a late challenge on Carrasco.
Bale hits one over the crossbar as Real Madrid threaten on the counter once again.
CHANCE! Ronaldo has a free header inside the Atletico box, but Oblak saves!
Atletico keep possession outside the Real Madrid box as they attempt to work a yard of space and eventually Danilo is forced to head behind as Juanfran looks to pick out the head of Carrasco.
Real Madrid seem to be lacking energy at the moment as Atletico continue to force the issue in the final third. Another corner comes into the Real Madrid box, but Danilo is up to head behind.
Bale has a powerful strike blocked as Real Madrid threaten on the counter following a wonderful piece of work from Isco. Both teams are going for it in the latter stages of this first period.
Good spell of pressure from Real Madrid as we approach the 15th minute of extra-time.
Carrasco is running the show at the moment and the Belgian has a strike blocked for a corner.
HALF-TIME EXTRA-TIME: Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico
Still all square after the first 15 minutes of extra-time in Milan.
Casemiro works an opening outside the Atletico box, but his effort was always too high.
ATLETICO SUB! Lucas Hernandez replaces Luis for Atletico.
Super header from Griezmann as the Frenchman clears his own box as Real Madrid threaten from another corner. Is there going to be a killer second goal in the final 10 minutes of extra-time.
BOOKING! Pepe (Real Madrid) is booked for a late challenge on Gabi.
Bale is doing everything he can to stay on the pitch as he continues to hobble around!
ATLETICO SUB! Thomas replaces Koke in Atletico's final change.
Not an awful lot happening at the moment as this final heads for a penalty shootout.
Hernandez gets across to block Vasquez, who saw the whites of the net inside the Atletico box!
FULL-TIME: Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico
That is it then! The 2016 Champions League final will be decided by penalties!
Real Madrid... Atletico. Who will triumph?! The two sets of players are shattered!
Real Madrid up first!
GOAL! Vasquez sends Real Madrid 1-0 ahead.
GOAL! Griezmann scores this time to level for 1-1.
GOAL! Marcelo finds the bottom corner for 2-1 Real Madrid.
GOAL! Gabi finds the top corner for 2-2.
GOAL! Bale finds the bottom corner for 3-2.
GOAL! Saul finds the corner of the net for 3-3.
GOAL! Ramos nets for 4-3. What a shootout!
POST! Juanfran hits the post for Atletico!
GOAL! Ronaldo wins the Champions League for Real Madrid once again!
REAL MADRID WIN THE 2016 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!
Oh my word! Had to be him didn't it! Ronaldo fires past Oblak and wins the title for Real Madrid. It is an 11th European Cup for Los Blancos and Ronaldo is still on the deck with his top off!
Wonderful scenes inside the stadium as Real Madrid celebrate, but almost all of the Atletico players are in tears. It is so tough on the Red and Whites once again - they have come so close, just like in 2014. However, it is Real Madrid who have landed this trophy for an 11th time.
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Real Madrid applaud the Atletico players, who are about to receive their runners-up medals. Nice show of support that and very important to remember what Atletico have given to this match.
Atletico are just receiving their medals, but it will soon be the turn of Real Madrid...
Real Madrid are up, plenty of handshakes and happy faces. Zidane has delivered the Champions League crown in his first season - incredible. Their hands will soon be on the trophy here!
The trophy is aloft and Real Madrid are officially crowded 2016 winners of the Champions League. It is an 11th European Cup for Los Blancos and their second in three seasons. Club president Florentino Perez can hardly contain himself and why not. It is Real Madrid's night in Milan!
So there we have it. That is just about it from me tonight! Thanks for joining Sports Mole for the action and be sure to look out for the reaction over the next 24 hours! See you soon!