Juventus vs Real Madrid, Champions League final highlights: Real thump Juve 4-1
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice while Casemiro and Marco Asensio struck once each as Real Madrid thrashed Juventus 4-1 in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff. Catch highlights of Juventus vs Real Madrid herefootball Updated: Jun 04, 2017 02:43 IST
Cristiano Ronaldo came good in a Champions League final once again as his brace helped Real Madrid thrash Juventus 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff. Casemiro and Marco Asensio scored once each for the champions. Catch highlights of Juventus vs Real Madrid here. (LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS)
02:18 hrs IST: That’s it from us! Thank you for joining us for the live coverage of the UEFA Champions League final.
02:12 hrs IST: It’s all over in Cardiff! Real Madrid are the champions of Europe for a record 12th time. They thrash Juventus 4-1 after a superb second half performance.
02:05 hrs IST: GOAL! Marco Asensio scores! Real Madrid take a 4-1 lead in the dying minutes.
02:00 hrs IST: Oh dear! Things just went from bad to worse for Juve. Juan Cuadrado somehow gets a straight red despite barely reacting to a pretty bad Sergio Ramos tackle. Any hopes of a comeback are now off.
01:56 hrs IST: Stat attack - The last time Juventus made the Champions League final, they lost 3-1 to a Spanish side (Barcelona in 2015). History could very well repeat itself tonight.
01:52 hrs IST: Madrid sub: Gareth Bale coming on for Karim Benzema.
01:46 hrs IST: Allegri ringing in the changes, with Juan Cuadrado and Claudio Marchisio coming on. It remains to be seen how effective these changes are.
01:40 hrs IST: GOAL! It’s Ronaldo again and Real’s lead is now a commanding one. Can Juve make an improbable comeback?
01:36 hrs IST: GOAL! A heavily deflected effort from Casemiro gives Real the lead in the second half.
01:35 hrs IST: Real have come into their own this half and currently look likelier to score. Juventus having to dig deep and defend for their lives.
01:28 hrs IST: Toni Kroos is booked for a foul on Sami Khedira. It’s been a feisty half thus far.
01:20 hrs IST: The 2nd half is now underway. Can either of these teams score that all-important second goal or is extra time on the cards?
01:08 hrs IST: 1-1 at half-time! A brilliant first half in Cardiff, with Mario Mandzukic’s superb equaliser being the biggest talking point. It’s been a great Champions League final so far.
00:58 hrs IST: Quite an engrossing affair so far. Juventus have been the better side; can they score again and take the lead?
00:50 hrs IST: Yellow to Sergio Ramos! The Real Madrid skipper is booked for a foul on Dybala.
00:45 hrs IST: GOAL! 1-1! Mario Mandzukic scores with a superb overhead kick. It’s 1-1 in Cardiff.
00:39 hrs IST: GOAL! Who else but Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star’s shot takes a deflection off Leonardo Bonucci and Real Madrid have the lead after a slow start.
00:38 hrs IST: Real have had more of the ball so far, but so sugar yet for the defending champions, as far as chances are concerned.
00:30 hrs IST: Yellow to Paulo Dybala! The Argentine forward is booked for impeding Toni Kroos.
00:24 hrs IST: SAVE! Keylor Navas dives to his right to keep out a superb effort from Miralem Pjanic. Real have been pretty quiet so far.
00:22 hrs IST: Higuain has a couple of shots on target early on, first from a header and second with a long-ranger effort. Real custodian Keylor Navas up to the task on both occasions. Good start by Juve.
00:15 hrs IST: Kick-off time in Cardiff. Will Real Madrid extend their record European Cup haul, or will Juventus prevail tonight and end their 21-year barren run in the Champions League?
21:30 hrs IST: Zidane opts for a four-man midfield for the final. Bale misses out as a result. Juventus, on the other hand, expectedly going with a three-man backline with two wingbacks.
23:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid. Gareth Bale starts the game from the bench tonight. James Rodriguez has been left out of the squad.
Juventus are aiming to become the second Italian club after Inter Milan in 2010 to win the treble, the Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League titles in the same season.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are seeking to extend their record haul of European Cups to 12. Winning today’s final will also make them the first ever club in the Champions League era to retain their European crown.
Juve and Real possess highly contrasting playing styles. The former boast of arguably the best defence in Europe, and have conceded just three goals in their 12 matches in the Champions League this season.
Real, on the other hand, have one of the best attacking units in the world, and have scored a staggering number of goals - 32 in 12 games – in their title defence this season.