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Iker Casillas raised La Decima. After 12 years of absence in the UEFA Champions League Final.

Iker Casillas raised La Decima. After 12 years of absence in the UEFA Champions League Final.

 

Real Madrid won its tenth Champions League after beating Athletic 4-1 after extra time in the final after his teammate Sergio Ramos had forced the extension in the off party this Saturday in Lisbon.

Ramos ‘s goal for the 1-1 reached in 90 +3, head in a corner, and when the champion Atletico felt after going most of the game ahead, thanks to a goal also head of the Uruguayan Diego Godin in the 36th, taking advantage of an error by Iker Casillas average output studs.

The Welshman, Gareth Bale, scored a decisive goal in overtime. He did the same as against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. This time, he scored a header in the 110 minute, on a rebound after Argentine Angel Di Maria, kicked to the goal.

The goal scored by Bale unleashed the parties around the world for the Merengues and the Blancos got into tears seeing that this goal meant La Decima.

Marcelo sentenced the game with a third goal in the 118 minute and then Cristiano Ronaldo on a penalty in the 120 minute. The final 4-1 gave Portuguese striker a record of 17 goals in one season in the European competition.

Since Glasgow in 2002 Real Madrid, did not play the final of the Champions League. This time, Los Blancos didn’t waste the opportunity to achieve the desired La Decima. The Merengues still remember the most precious goal for twelve years, made, by Zinedine-Zidane. This victory adds to the final balance of this year’s performance with Copa del Rey, won against Barcelona in April.

Despite finishing third in La Liga, this success in Lisbon under Carlo Ancelotti’s management in his first season fulfill all happiness of all the Merengues.

The Italian manager achieved his third European title as a coach and also equals the record of English manager, Bob Paisley, who’s the only coach who had reached that figure.

For Atletico de Madrid manager Diego Simeone, who had to replace at the nine minute its star Diego Costa for a recurrence of his injury, complicated all game of the Colchoneros. It was a bitter night, just a week after becoming champion of La Liga.

Fate was particularly cruel for the Colchoneros. It was a similar the script of 1974. That was the another year that they had reached the final of the European Cup. That time, they lost the title in the last minute of the extension, in which Bayern drew 1-1 and forced a tiebreaker match where the Germans won 4-0.

Atletico was undeterred and responded with a 1-0, with the unintended help of Iker Casillas in the first half of the game.

Juanfran Torres put a header; Casillas remained half way out and Godin scored in the 36 minute, with another header. The Spanish team couldn’t correct his error despite running back, but it was too late.

In the second half, a shouting in the Light Stadium of: “yes we can, yes we can” from all Merengues fans, helped for an awakening for Los Blancos.

While Atletico was cautious to prevent a counter attack of Real, Los Blancos kept trying it.

Bale came close to equalizing in the 73, with a shot off. The Bale himself in a counterattack sent out in 77.

The despair began to seize Ancelotti ‘s players, who increasingly saw that La Decima was leaving to Plaza Neptuno instead of Cibeles.

Real Madrid continued to attack, and Atletico’s players were celebrating in the bench, but a corner of Modric with an immortal header of Ramos changed the script in Lisbon and forced extra time.

I- SportsWeb talked to a historical player of Real Madrid at the end of the match, Raul Gonzales.

Raul Gonzalez, former captain of Real Madrid, was part of the team staff in the final match in Lisbon. He shared several hours before the game and also celebrated in the locker room after the conquest of La Decima. Raul recognized to us that the game was “much goes worse “off the pitch.

Raul won three European Cups and after twelve years of absence in the final match he didn’t miss the return of his lovely Real Madrid.

I-SportsWeb watched how much he suffered in the VIP box.

“I’m happy as all Madridistas with another European Cup. La Deicma, is historical, and it has come after suffering so much and having bad seasons before,” Raul said.

It’s not a secret that Raul is Madridista since he was a very young kid. Raul was formed in the Real Madrid academy and played for many seasons. We had the pleasure to shared this game and this game was very stressful for Raul.

“It happens a lot worse when you are off the pitch; the team has managed this game. I suffered at all times and the equalizer that has come on the last play. I felt my soul came back after that goal,” he continued.

Raul revived great moments yesterday and once again he feels close to Real Madrid.

“Playing a Champions League final is topped at club level. I was able to play three finals and win all three. After the end of the game, it came to my mind so many memories. I’m happy because the team has done something historical.”

Finally, Raul defended his close friend and captain, Iker Casillas, who had a serious error that it could cost the loss of the title.

“Iker had a great season in the Champions league and Copa del Rey. It was an unlucky goal. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone anymore. I’m very happy for all players and especially for him he could raise the Cup of Europe as captain, something I never had a chance to do.”

 

 

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