Sunday 18 February 2018

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

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.

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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