Real Madrid came back from the dead to write another glorious chapter in their history when they beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in extra time helped by goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to win a 10th European Cup on Saturday.
With Atletico poised to win the trophy for the first time after going ahead with a first-half Diego Godin header, Real struck back after relentless pressure with a Sergio Ramos header in the third minute of added time from a Luka Modric corner.
That sent the final into extra time and with a tiring Atletico almost out for the count after taking a battering for most of the second half, Real scored three times in the last 10 minutes.
World record signing Bale headed them in front after 110 minutes, Marcelo made it 3-1 following a solo run eight minutes later before Ronaldo, the Portugal captain playing in his capital city, converted a penalty with almost the last kick.
The goal was Ronaldo’s 17th of the Champions League campaign, a record for one season, and he became the first player in the competition’s 59-year history to score for two different winning sides in open play in the final, having scored for Manchester United when they won the 2008 European Cup.
The victory also meant Carlo Ancelotti became only the second coach to win the European Cup three times after Bob Paisley’s Liverpool triumphs in 1977, 1978 and 1981.
Italian Ancelotti also won the trophy twice as a player with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, while Real became the first team to score four goals in the final since Milan’s 4-0 win over Barcelona in 1994.
“Yes that was just incredible, what can I say, it was our aim from the start of the season,” Ancelotti told reporters. “It was such a hard game and Atletico were such powerful opponents, but I think we deserved it in the end.
“We scored in extra time. We believed that we could win the game and it went well for us in the end. Everyone did well and what they could and we finished drained, exhausted but very, very happy. Were we lucky to score so late? I don’t think so, I think we deserved it.”
In contrast Atletico coach Diego Simeone was ordered off the field by referee Bjorn Kuipers for running on to the pitch after Atletico went 4-1 down, but he was much calmer when he faced the media later, walking in to applause at the news conference.
The Argentine said he was angry because Real defender Raphael Varane flicked the ball at him but added that he should not have acted as he did. “At that point it was pointless for the player to create that situation,” he said.
“After a 4-1 scoreline maybe it was pointless for me to get angry. But if you analyse the whole match Real Madrid were better in the second half, they pinned us in our own half and we could not move.”