MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid wrote another page in the club’s gilded history on Saturday as they became the first team to retain the Champions League title in its modern expanded format.
This current Blancos side also confirmed their place as one of this competition’s best-ever teams by easing to a 4-1 win over Juventus at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
The victory made Real Madrid the first team to repeat in the Champions League era, and the first to win consecutive titles in the competition since A.C. Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the tournament was known as the European Cup.
Ronaldo scored in each half, and on similar plays — clinical finishes inside the penalty area after he had found a pocket to receive a pass from a teammate on the right wing.
Casemiro scored Madrid’s second goal, on a 30-yard shot that deflected off the heel of a Juventus defender, and the 21-year-old substitute Marco Asensio added the capper by turning in a cross in the 90th minute.
Mario Mandzukic scored a memorable goal for Juventus on a scissoring shot midway through the first half, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Juventus lost in the final for the seventh time, another record.