Madrid Edge Atlético To Capture ‘La Decima’

A last-minute equalizer from Sergio Ramos helped Real eventually secure a 4-1 OT victory and their tenth Champions League title in Lisbon

05/25/2014  Lisbon, Portugal

Real Madrid secured their tenth UEFA Champions League title in typical comeback style over their cross-town rivals Atlético in Lisbon on Saturday.

A pair of centerbacks exchanged headed goals in regular time, as the Merengues waited until the last minute to equalize through Sergio Ramos, canceling out an earlier effort from Diego Godín.

Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo then all took advantage of a weary Atlético defense in overtime, netting efforts to secure the victory.

Atletico’s decision to rush their injured top scorer Diego Costa back into the starting lineup backfired, as the Spanish International forward had to be removed inside ten minutes, using what would prove to be a valuable substitution for Diego Simeone.

Ronaldo’s penalty in the final minute was his 17th, setting a new record for a single Champions League campaign.

And Carlo Ancelotti’s debut season in Madrid ends with Real as champions of Europe.

Goals: Godín 36′, Ramos 93′, Bale 110′, Marcelo 117′, Ronaldo (pen.) 119′

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao (Marcelo, 58’); Modric, Khedira (Isco, 58’), Di María; Bale, Benzema (Morata, 79’), Cristiano Ronaldo

Atlético de Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luis (Alderweireld, 83’); Raúl García (Sosa, 66’), Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Villa, Diego Costa (Adrián, 9’)

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