Saturday 21 January 2017

'We have to rest now'- Real Madrid match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo overcome after tense shootout with Atletico

Published 28/05/2016 | 23:14

Real Madrid were last year's winners
Real Madrid were last year's winners

Match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo was delighted to fire home the winning penalty as Real Madrid won the Champions League for a record 11th time with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over city rivals Atletico at San Siro.

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Sergio Ramos tapped Gareth Bale's flick home from close range after 15 minutes before Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco levelled after 80 minutes to see the scores level at 1-1 before a goalless extra-time period.

Juanfran missed Atletico's fourth spot-kick as the scores were 4-3 before Ronaldo slotted past Jan Oblak with the winner to hand Zinedine Zidane's men the trophy they last took home two years ago.

Ronaldo told BT Sport Europe: "You know that the penalty is always a lottery. You never know what's going to happen.

"But we showed that our team had most experience and we showed that we scored all the penalties so it was unbelievable - a fantastic night."

With concerns over many players on both teams suffering from cramp, former Manchester United striker Ronaldo stressed it had been a long season.

He added: "It's difficult, it's the end of the season, people are not fit any more. We have to rest now."

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