Real Madrid has won their 11th European title beating Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties in what was another very competitive madrid derby in the final of 2016 UEFA Champions League at San Siro, Milan. Game was a tied at 1-1 in normal and extra time leading to penalties where Real Madrid converted all their 5 penalties while Juanfran missed Atletico’s only penalty.
Real Madrid took on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final of 2016 champions league on saturday night in pursuit of their 11th European title. Madrid took the lead in just 15th minute to get their noses in front when Sergio Ramos who looked to be in the offside position poked home from close range after Gareth Bale’s flick on on the set piece found Ramos unmarked. Atletco failed to put their usual authority in the game as Real Madrid sit back after the goal and tried to catch Atletico on break time and again. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scored in 80th minute to bring Atletico back in the game. Real Madrid went on to win their 11th European cup after beating Atletico 5-3 on penalties.
Real Madrid are leading in the final of 2016 champions league final after first 45 minutes thanks to early goal by Sergio Ramos. Atletico made 1 change just after the break as Augusto was taken off while Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco was brought on.
Ferreira-Carrasco came on as a second half sub for Augusto and he made the difference after scoring from close range to bring Atletico back in the game. Atletico had earlier missed the penalty awarded to them when Pepe brought down Torres.
Real Madrid celebrated early morning after touching down back in Madrid. It will be hard to recover from this defeat as far as Atletico Madrid are concerned with Diego Simone already hinting in looking for another challenge somewhere else.
Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
[ UEFA Champions League 2016 Final ]
15′ 1 – 0 Sergio Ramos scored from close range after Gareth Bale’s flick on found him unmarked inside the box.
79′ 1 – 1 Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scored from close range after Madrid failed to put the game to bed.
Preview & Team News: Real Madrid are going into the game on the back of a getting a scare as Ronaldo left the training on Tuesday morning with some injury. His inclusion in the final squad is doubt but Real Madrid will make a decision on the day of the final assessing Ronaldo’s fitness. Gareth Bale and Benzema both are fit and should start while Zidane’s has to make big decisions who to start with in midfield as Kroos and Modric are both expected to start and we might see either Casemiro or more attacking player Isco starting alongside them.
Real Madrid Possible Starting XI: Keylor Navas, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo – Kroos, Modric, Casemiro – Gareth Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema
Atletico Madrid on the other hand is a solid side at the back but their recent form see them struggle in front of goal. They also have several injury worries with central defender Savic ruled out of Madrid derby. Antoine Griezmann is likely to start upfront with resurgent Fernando Torres while a packed midfield of Koke, Gabi, Saul and Augusto to lineup in four man midfield.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Satuarday’s Madrid Derby in the champions league final.
Match Predictions: Real Madrid has had a terrible run of results against city rivals Atletico Madrid with only 1 win in the last 10 games between the two. Atletico who lost in the final of 2014 to Real Madrid will be committed and motivated to finally win their very first European title and should be slightly favourites for the final. I am going with a narrow 1-0 win for Atletico with Torres to score the winning goal.
Last time these two meet was back in February when Antoine Griezmann only goal of the game secured a famous 1-0 win at Santiago Bernabue which also ended Real Madrid’s chances of winning the league.
Real Madrid hosted Atletico in the “Madrid Derby” on Saturaday, 27th February 2016 and it turned out to be another close game between the local rivals. Real Madrid started with Ronaldo, Benzema James Rodriguez upfront but Atletico played superbly in defense and never let Real Madrid enough time on the ball. Game was 0-0 at the break and Atletico’s best defense in the league kept Real Madrid at bay. Antoine Griezmann scored after the break to put Atletico 1-0 up against Real Madrid.
Ronaldo came under massive criticism after his comments regarding his own team mates. He was pushed to clarify his statement later but the harm is already done. Real Madrid are now 12 points behind Barcelona with only 12 games to go leaving their title race well and truly over.