Real Madrid claims 2014 UEFA Champions League Final
Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. This gave Real Madrid its 10th European club title overall. This was its first title in this competition since 2002.
Real Madrid was led by Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Christian Ronaldo and Ángel Di María. They all played a part in the win in Lisbon, Portugal.
Saturday’s 2014 UEFA Champions League Final also marked the first final involving two teams from the same city. Atletico Madrid was going for its first European title in its club’s history.
Real Madrid was going for its record 10th European title. Forward Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid was forced to leave the game after only nine minutes.
Costa had also been battling injuries and was a question mark to play in the final. The Spanish striker limped off with a hamstring injury during last weekend’s Spanish Primera Division decider at Barcelona. He was given the clearance after reportedly going through horse placenta treatment. The gamble to include Costa in the squad did not pay off for Atletico. Costa scored 36 goals this season including 27 in league play. He was replaced by Adrián López-Álvarez. Raúl García and Ramos were each shown yellow cards after 27 minutes.
Despite this, Diego Godín gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 lead after 36 minutes. He headed the ball past Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. His attempt to claw the ball away before it crossed the line failed.
Midfielder Sami Khedira received a yellow card for a bad challenge late in the first half. After 45 minutes of play Atletico Madrid led Real Madrid by a score of 1-0.
After halftime, Real Madrid became more successful in their attacking. Marcelo and Isco came in for Sami Khedira and Fábio Coentrão respectively. Soon afterwards, Atletico brought on José Sosa for Raúl García.
Atletico Madrid kept trying to contain Real Madrid. Unfortunately, they began to pick up yellow cards. Gabi, David Villa, Koke, Juanfran and Miranda were shown yellow cards after halftime. Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Marcelo were also shown yellow cards for Real Madrid.
Both teams made their final substitutions in the late stages of the second half. Álvaro Morata came on for Karim Benzema. Toby Alderweireld replaced Filipe Luis.
In the 93rd 1-1. The game then went to 30 minutes of extra time. In the first fifteen minutes of extra time, neither side scored.
Then, when it looked like the match would go to penalties, Real Madrid came to life. Bale’s header gave Real Madrid the lead at 2-1. This capped a remarkable first season at Real for Bale.
Soon afterwards, Marcelo shot it past Thibaut Courtois to give Real Madrid a 3-1 lead. Late in the match, Ronaldo was brought down and was given a penalty pick. He converted the kick to give Real Madrid a 4-1 lead and the victory. minute, Sergio Ramos scored with a header for Real Madrid. This nodded the game at Carlo Ancelotti also became the second manager to win the Champions League/European Cup three times. The other was Liverpool’s Bob Paisley. Cristiano Ronaldo also became the first player to score in two Champions League finals for different teams.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone, so close to victory, lost it in the closing stages as he confronted Raphael Varane at the end of a memorable first cross-city showcase in the 59-year history of the competition.