Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Injured tally from Turin stampede rises to 1000

Injured tally from Turin stampede rises to 1000

In a high-quality UEFA Champions League final match in Cardiff, the Portugal captain put Real Madrid ahead with a first-time finish from 16 yards before Mario Mandzukic equalised. We won trophies. It's one of the best moments in my career.

A stampede in Turin left hundreds injured when loud bangs, reportedly mistaken for a bomb, caused panic in San Carlo Square where soccer fans gathered to watch the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid in front of a giant screen.

" I'll go as far as I can", said Ronaldo. "I was happy to get on".

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 20th minute and became the first player ever to score in three different Champions League finals.

Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri said after the match: "I would just like to say that we feel for what happened to our fans in Turin".

For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions and the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner's medal, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines. AC Milan have seven wins, with five apiece for Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool. Behind him the Real Madrid supporters were raucously celebrating their third goal and their second in the space of three minutes, flooring Juventus and leaving Buffon looking like a man who knew that the dream was over long before the clock had ticked down.

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It felt as if either side could score when they pressed the accelerator pedal, with the closed roof at the National Stadium in Cardiff ensuring this game was played in a cauldron of noise that added to the theatre. "'Football gives you a chance to try again next year", he said.

"Buffon will still be goalie next season and Barzagli with be with us for another year".

"We all need some rest and after the holidays we will be ready to get back with new drive and impetus". Next year it's going to be even more difficult and we are going to have to work very hard to be able to win once again. To be the first to retain the trophy since 1990 - you can't underestimate that.

"James is an incredible player, but when you have so many".

Last year's payout was a mere €700,000, plus another €100,000 for a Camp Nou Clasico win, meaning the squad almost doubled their haul as they returned to the Champions League summit for the second straight year.

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