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Real Madrid and Ronaldo reign supreme on record-breaking night as Juventus challenge fades

Real Madrid and Ronaldo reign supreme on record-breaking night

03/06/2017 at 22:38Updated 05/06/2017 at 10:45

Champions League final, Cardiff - Juventus 1 (Mandzukic 27, Cuadrado s/o 83) Real Madrid 4 (Ronaldo 20, 64; Casemiro 61; Asensio 90)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid won their 12th European Cup with a 4-1 win over Juventus at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates next to the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates next to the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League finalGetty Images

Los Blancos' Portuguese talisman swept in the opener and alertly prodded in their third - Casemiro's deflected effort and a late Marco Asensio effort capped off an emphatic victory as the Spanish champions clinched La Duodécima.

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Mario Mandzukic answered with an extraordinary first-half overhead kick, but Juventus faded after the break and ended up well beaten. The Bianconeri's misery was compounded when substitute Juan Cuadrado was harshly sent off late on as they lost a record seventh final.

Real capped a special night by becoming the first team to retain the trophy in its current format, while Zinedine Zidane has now won more Champions Leagues as a coach (two) than as a player (one).

Likewise Ronaldo continues to make goalscoring history, clocking up 600 career goals and becoming the second player after Alfredo Di Stefano to score in three European Cup finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second and Real Madrid's third against Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second and Real Madrid's third against JuventusGetty Images

TALKING POINT

Cristiano Ronaldo keeps hitting new heights. Ronaldo seems to clock up milestones with every big game he plays. He has been Real's main man in this competition this season and he delivered once more here. A hat-trick against Bayern (and five in total) in the last eight, another treble versus Atletico in the semis and two in the final. He looks a certainty for the Ballon d'Or as he continues to shine on the biggest stages, helping Real to a first league and European Cup double since 1958.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid). It wasn't his finest display, but his goals are the crucial contributions. He got the opener when Juve looked the better side and notched the match-clinching third.

Real Madrid celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal against Juventus in the Champions League final

Real Madrid celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal against Juventus in the Champions League finalGetty Images

PLAYER RATINGS

JUVENTUS: Buffon 6; Barzagli 6, Chiellieni 7, Bonucci 7, Sandro 7; Pjanic 7, Khedira 7; Alves 7, Dybala 6, Mandzukic 7; Higuain 6. Subs: Cuadrado 3, Marchisio 6, Lemina n/a.

REAL MADRID: Navas 6, Carvajal 7, Varane 7, Sergio Ramos 7, Marcelo 8, Casemiro 8, Kroos 8, Modric 7, Isco 7, Benzema 7, Ronaldo 8. Subs: Bale 6, Asensio 6, Morata n/a.

Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts as Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco (R) celebrates after a goal during the UEFA Champions League final

Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts as Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco (R) celebrates after a goal during the UEFA Champions League finalGetty Images

KEY MOMENTS

6' - JUVENTUS CHANCE. Navas throws himself to his right to deny Pjanic's piledriver from 25 yards. Juventus causing Real's defence all sorts of concern in the early exchanges.

20' - GOAL! JUVENTUS 0-1 REAL MADRID. Who else? He's barely had a kick but Ronaldo guides a low shot into the corner from Carvajal's cutback after a flowing Real move.

27' - GOAL! JUVENTUS 1-1 REAL MADRID. The Old Lady are level! Mandzukic chests the ball down and hooks it over his shoulder and beyond Navas from 15 yards. A wonderful, wonderful overhead strike.

61' - GOAL! JUVENTUS 1-2 REAL MADRID. Real regain the lead. Casemiro's 30-yard shot takes a wicked deflection off Khedira as it flies beyond Buffon and into the bottom corner.

64' - GOAL! JUVENTUS 1-3 REAL MADRID. Ronaldo at the double! Juve in deep trouble now as Ronaldo races into the near post to touch home Modric's cross from the right.

84' - RED CARD! Cuadrado has only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, but he's given his marching orders for a coming together with Ramos. Looks harsh.

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90' - GOAL! JUVENTUS 1-4 REAL MADRID. It's four. Asensio guides home Marcelo's cutback from the left after Juve had failed to clear Ronaldo's deflected free kick.

KEY STATS

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in three Champions League finals, more than any other player.

Real Madrid are the first team to score 500 goals in the Champions League era.

Ronaldo has scored vs Juventus every time he has faced them: seven goals in five games.

Mandžukic is the third player to score for two different teams in CC/CL finals, after Velibor Vasovic and Ronaldo.

Juventus conceded more goals in this game than they did in the rest of the campaign (3).

Juan Cuadrado is the first substitute to receive a red card in a Champions League final.

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