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

Mandzukic scores on incredible overhead kick in Champions League final


In the past 12 months Ronaldo has won two Champions League titles, the European Championship with Portugal, claimed a Spanish league title and the World Club Cup and on an individual level been awarded the Ballon D'or and FIFA's 'Best' award.

The goal also turned out to be the 600 career goal for Ronaldo and his 12in UCL this season as he finishes the tournament with the highest number of goals in 2016-17.

Mandzukic's goal was a strike to grace any final. In a sport where partnerships are essential, this pair is an absolute pleasure to watch, dictating the game like magicians blessed with incredible football brains.

Gareth Bale says he and his Real Madrid team-mates will "enjoy" having made history after a 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Juventus's supporters had taken over the city with a spirit that added to the sense that, after 21 years, they should finally claim another European Cup.

After Cardiff, Zidane's managerial record now reads: 87 games, 66 wins, 14 draws, 7 defeats. They nearly went ahead on six minutes as Miralem Pjanic's 20-yard effort brought an excellent flying save from Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

It was a typically razor sharp break from Zidane's side with Karim Benzema feeding Ronaldo, who played a one-two with Dani Carvajal before sweeping a 15-yard shot inside the far post.

Barely had the celebrations died down from Ronaldo's opener, than Croatian striker Mandzukic equalised in spectacular fashion with one of the great Champions League goals. Ronaldo scored twice in the final, finishing the season with 16 goals in his last 10 games. While it was clear that day who the dominant team and eventual victor would be, this felt different.

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Venezuela's Adalberto Penaranda scored in the 96th minute and Nahuel Ferraresi hit the eventual victor on 116 minutes. The U.S. has not advanced past the quarterfinals since a fourth-place finish in 1989.

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero and former Real Madrid star Santi Solari believe the right team won in Cardiff. Those watching, of course, were thankful for what they had witnessed.

"When you are in this great club, with these players, we can work well and do wonderful things".

In that understated, super cool style that has become Zidane's trademark, the mercurial Frenchman has transitioned nearly seamlessly from an outstanding, elite player to a world class manager.

Real Madrid took total control in the second half with Ronaldo leading Real to a record 12 European crown overall.

Juventus were down and three minutes later were effectively knocked out when the sensational Modric stepped up to win a valuable ball, created an overlap wide, and provided a great cross for Ronaldo to make it 3-1. They're talking Tiger, their best coaches and how top players blagged their way through the dressing room, before Stephen tries his hand at our Chipping Challenge. Check out the latest episode of SportsJOE Live - We have footballing maverick Stephen Hunt on the couch, joined by Ronan O'Gara and Dion Fanning.

"I answered on the pitch", he told Atresmedia and beIN SPORTS.

Madrids supremacy was clear in the second half.

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