For a second time in three seasons, the Champions League final that is the Madrid derby ended 1-1 after 90 minutes with Sergio Ramos, yet again, getting on the scoresheet. But, this time, there was no goal glut in the extra 30 minutes, with that dreaded, for the non-neutrals, fun, for the neutrals, penalty shootout deciding the outcome. Cristiano Ronaldo, with all the pressure on his considerable shoulders, was the man to put the final nail in the Atletico coffin, striking the deciding penalty in the shootout to give Real Madrid the title and consign their Madrid rivals to more heartbreak.
With nothing separating the two teams after Yannick Carrasco cancelled out Ramos' early goal, the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Champions League final at the San Siro in Milan, went to the penalty shootout, where Ronaldo and Real Madrid prevailed 5-3.
Lucas Vazquez started the penalty shootout scoring for Real Madrid, before Antoine Griezmann, who missed a penalty in the second half, struck home this time to make it 1-1. Marcelo then made it 2-1 for Real Madrid, before Gabi, calm and assured as they come, thumped home to level it once again.
Gareth Bale made no mistake with his penalty as both teams refused to blink first, with Saul Niguez making it 3-3 in the shootout with a nice strike. Then came Sergio Ramos with a roll to the corner, before Juanfran missed the first one of the shootout, as his strike struck the post.
That meant Ronaldo had the opportunity to win Real Madrid a 11th European Cup title, and the superstar made no mistake, thumping the ball home in some style, to give Zinedine Zidane a UCL crown as player and manager.
A capacity crowd at the San Siro in Milan were treated to an absorbing Champions League final, spoiled a little by theatrics from both sets of players, with Ramos scoring the opener in the 15th minute of the game. Atletico huffed and puffed after that opening goal, but just when the Real Madrid house never looked like blowing down, Carrasco struck on 79 minutes.
Real Madrid started the final much brighter, and Casemiro should have really given them the lead in the sixth minute. Gareth Bale, quite influential in the early stages of the final, won a freekick and took it himself from the Real Madrid right, with the setpiece falling nicely for Casemiro to guide home from four yards out. Inches either side of Jan Oblak and it would have been a goal, but the midfielder, known for his defensive skills rather than the ones going forward, struck the ball straight at the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, who made a great, instinctive save.
Koke might have given Atletico the lead at the other end, but he scuffed his shot off a cross from Saul Niguez, but that was all she wrote as far as Atletico were concerned going forward in the early exchanges.
Real Madrid, deservedly, took the lead in the 15th minute, as Atletico, strangely, looked vulnerable from a setpiece again. After Bale won another freekick, this time down the other side, Kroos fired in a nice setpiece, with Bale heading the ball on for Ramos to nip in behind Savic and bundle the ball past Oblak from two yards.
That goal seemed to wake Atletico from their slumber, as their midfield slowly started to come into the game more, even if chances were very much at a premium.
All that changed in the first minute of the second half, when Fernando Torres showed all his experience to bamboozle Pepe and force the Portugal international into a foul inside the penalty box. Referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, and up stepped Antoine Griezmann, their best goalscorer of the season. It looked destined to become 1-1, but, surprisingly, Griezmann fired his penalty onto the underside of the crossbar, giving Real Madrid a massive lifeline.
The longer it stayed 1-0 in the second half, the more Atletico Madrid got desperate and the more space opened up for the Real Madrid attackers to exploit. Every single one of the "BBC" had an opportunity to kill the game off, with Karim Benzema firing straight at the goalkeeper on 70 minutes, while Ronaldo did the same a couple of minutes later, before Bale saw his strike cleared off the line soon after.
Real Madrid were made to pay for those misses as halftime substitute Carrasco final gave the Atletico fans something to cheer. Gabi, such an underrated player, lobbed the ball beautifully for Juanfran to run into, with the right-back, on the volley, firing in a low cross across the area. Carrasco was perfectly placed at the far post to slam the ball home from close range to make it 1-1 and game-back-on.
Real Madrid had a couple of half-chances to seal it in regulation time, with Bale coming close from a header off a corner, but into extra time the Champions League final went, once more, and from there, with both sets of teams tiring, it was all down to the lottery of the penalties, with Ronaldo and Real Madrid taking the glory, two years after they beat the same team 4-1 in extra time.