Real Madrid secure La Decima

realmadridliftchampionsleague20140524Real Madrid had to wait 12 years to finally win their Decima, their 10th Champions League triumph, but were given a tough time by neighbours Atlético Madrid in Portugal’s Estadio da Luz stadium before eventually emerging victorious after extra-time. Atlético’s manager Simeone took the risk of including Costa in his starting 11, but it quickly backfired on him as the latter left the pitch after only 9 minutes played. However he was celebrating on the 36th minute, following a mistake by Casillas, and Godín’s looped header found its way into the net for the opening goal. Real tried to claw their way back to keep the dream for the Decima alive, and were rewarded in added time, as Ramos rose high to meet Modric’s corner kick, and headed the ball past Courtois in goal on the 93rd minute. The match went into extra-time, and from there on, Real did not look back. Bale nodded in the second on the 110th minute as Di Maria’s shot was parried by Courtois but fell kindly to him, thou credit to Bale for having kept up with his partner’s movement across the box. Marcelo then blasted in a third on the 118th minute, before Ronaldo, who had had a quiet game so far, sealed the win with a penalty on the 120th minute to make it 4-1. Simeone even clashed with Real’s defender Varane in the closing seconds, but Real were already celebrating their huge accomplishment by that time.