Real Madrid 1 - 1 Atlético Madrid (5-3 pens), Champions League Final 2016

Real Madrid 1 - 1 Atlético Madrid after extra time in the UEFA Champions League final in Milan. Real won the trophy for the second time in 3 years after the penalty shootout (5-3)

Venue

The San Siro was selected be the home of the UEFA Champions League Final in 2016 (the official name of the stadium is Stadio Giuseppe Meazza).

San Siro/Giuseppe Meazza Stadium

This will be the fourth European Cup/Champions League final hosted at the stadium, following previous finals in 1965, 1970 and 2001.

The San Siro was built in 1925 and the two city rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan share it. Inter even won the first European Cup final played at the stadium in 1965.

The stadium's capacity is 80,018.

The teams

For the second time in three years the UEFA Champions League final features two madrid teams, Real Madrid and Atlético.

Real Madrid is the most successful team in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, with a total of ten titles, the 10th title(La Décima) even came after a victory over Atlético in 2014.

Real Madrid won the Champions League in the following years: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014. They have also reached the final in three other occasions.

Atlético on the other hand never won the UEFA Champions League reaching the final two times in 1974 and 2014, but they tasted european success winning the Europa League in 2010 and 2012.

The two teams have met 6 times in the different stages of Champions League, Real Madrid having advantage over Atlético, winning 4 games, 1 game finished with a draw and 1 game was won by Atlético.

Real Madrid - road to the final

Real Madrid was part of the Group A in Champions League, together with Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmö FF, finishing the group in first place with 16 points.

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Real Madrid
6 5 1 0 19 3 16 16
2 Paris SG
6 4 1 1 12 1 11 13
3 Shakhtar
6 1 0 5 7 14 -7 3
4 Malmö
6 1 0 5 1 21 -20 3

Then in the knockout rounds they faced italian side AS Roma then german side Wolfsburg. A finally in the semi-finals they knocked out Manchester City.

The knockout round results:

Round Team AGG 1. Leg 2. Leg
1/8 AS Roma
4-0 2-0 2-0
1/4 Wolfsburg
3-2 0-2 3-0
1/2 Man. City
1-0 0-0 1-0

Atlético Madrid - road to the final

Atlético Madrid was part of the Group C in Champions League, together with Benfica, Galatasaray and Astana, finishing the group in first place with 13 points.

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Atlético Madrid
6 4 1 1 11 3 8 13
2 Benfica
6 3 1 2 10 8 2 10
3 Galatasaray
6 1 2 3 6 10 -4 5
4 Astana
6 0 4 2 5 11 -6 4

Then in the knockout rounds they faced dutch side PSV Eindhoven then La Liga rivals FC Barcelona. A finally in the semi-finals they knocked out german champions Bayern Munich.

The knockout round results:

Round Team AGG 1. Leg 2. Leg
1/8 PSV Eindhoven
0-0* 0-0 0-0
1/4 Barcelona
3-2 1-2 2-0
1/2 Bayern Munich
2-2* 1-0 1-2
  • Against PSV Eindhoven the qualification was decided after penalty kicks and Atlético Madrid won 8-7
  • Against Bayern the aggregate result was 2-2 but thanks to the away goal Atlético advanced to the final

Key Players

Obviously the best players or at least the most eye-catching are Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoinne Griezmann.
Cristiano Ronaldo:he was impressing in this season of Champions League with an incredible 16 goals in 11 appearances but in La Liga he had better years than this. His hat-trick against Wolfsburg was probably the most important as this allowed Real Madrid to advance to the semi-finals after loosing 2-0 in Germany.
Antoinne Griezmann:probably his best season ever, he was impressing both in Champions League and La Liga scoring 22 goals in La Liga and 7 goals in Champions League. He had crucial role in Atletico's play especially in the important games like the ones against Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Final

Real Madrid

First eleven: Navas, Carjaval, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Substitutes: Casilla, Danilo, Isco, Nacho, Jese, Lucas, Rodriguez.

Atlético Madrid

First eleven: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Saul Niguez, Gabi, Fernandez, Koke, Griezmann, Torres.

Substitutes: Moya, Tiago, Correa, Carrasco, Gimenez, Hernandez, Teye.

First half

From the first minute the two teams tried to impose their own rhythm. The importance of the game was obviously taken seriously by both teams, and in the first couple of minutes there were a few hard tackles.

After one of these challenges Real Madrid got set piece near Oblak's goal and Bale crossed the ball which was controlled and shot by Casemiro but Oblak's fantastic reflex kept the score 0-0.

The teams became more careful, but after another free kick Bale connects the ball which was sent into the path of Sergio Ramos, who made no mistake and sent the ball into the net, 1-0 for Real after 15 minutes.

Sergio Ramos celebrating after scoring for 1-0

Sergio Ramos celebrating after scoring for 1-0. (Source: GettyImages)

After the goal Real reduced the tempo and Atletico wasn't able to create really dangerous situations.

After 30 minutes it looked like Atletico woke up and tried to put pressure on Real and there were some chances which could have been more dangerous if the last passes were accurate enough.

In the last few minutes of the first half there were not much action from either of the two teams.

Second half

A shock start to the second half, Atletico received a penalty after Pepe's foul. It was who was taking the penalty but his powerful effort only hit the crossbar in the 48th minute.

Atletico continued to press and they looked much more dangerous than in the first half, in the 54th minute after a corner kick the ball ended up at Savic but his shot went narrowly wide of the left post.

Then two more occasions for Atletico in the 58th and 59th minute, first Koke shot went near the crossbar but a bit over, then Saul takes a shot after a nicely created attack by the Atleti players but this one also went wide.

After this occasions from Atletico, Real Madrid became more aggressive didn't leaving spaces for the Atleti players, recovering the ball earlier. In the 72th minute Benzema has a great chance to make it 2-0, but he couldn't beat Oblak on one-on-one.

Real had more opportunities to practically finish the game, first Ronaldo shot but it was an easy save for Oblak, then Bale on the rebound but his shot was kept out by one of the defenders.

After Real's missed chances it was Atletico's turn, and a fine counter attack finished by Carrasco and it was 1-1, he scored from Juanfran's pass.

Carrasco celebrating the equaliser

Carrasco celebrating the equaliser. (Source: GettyImages)

After 90 minutes the score was 1-1.

Extra time

In the 94th minute Cristiano Ronaldo's header was kept out by the goalkeeper.

Gareth Bale got on the end of a pass and took a shot from the edge of the box, but it was blocked by one of the defending players.

In the 108th minute Filipe Luis picked up an injury and was be replaced by Lucas Hernandez.

Koke was injured in the 114th minute and he was replaced by Thomas Partey.

Real pressed in the final minutes but it was not enough and it finished 1-1 and penalties were to come next.

Real Madrid won 5-3 on penalties.

The final result:

RMA 1 - 1 ATL

Match statistics:

Goal attempts

Real Madrid Off target
6
Atlético Madrid Off target
11
Real Madrid On target
8
Atlético Madrid On target
4
Posession(%)
45
55
Corners
7
6
Fouls
18
16
Offsides
0
2

Real Madrid is the new Champion of Europe. Their 11th title.

Real Madrid celebration

Real Madrid players celebrating after Ronaldo's penalty. (Source: GettyImages)

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