Gareth Bale on the bench as Real Madrid face Juventus

  • Gareth Bale on the bench as Real Madrid face Juventus

Gareth Bale on the bench as Real Madrid face Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to ensure Gianluigi Buffon's wait for a Champions League title will go on, as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 at the Millenium Stadium on Saturday evening.

A long-range deflected effort by Casemiro and a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo within four minutes effectively settled one of the most entertaining finals for years, with a late tap-in by substitute Marco Asensio adding the gloss.

Much was made of Juve's dam-like defensive system before the game but Cristiano Ronaldo's early strike turned the game on its head.

Still in street clothes, the Juventus players were loudly greeted by the Italian crowd.

And he is one of the great strikers, how else to describe someone who has scored more than 40 goals in each of his last seven seasons?

As a result, Real become the first side since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 to successfully retain the Champions League, and it is the first time since 1958, Real Madrid have won La Liga and the European Cup in the same season. As the Black Eyed Peas provided the music in the opening ceremony, there were many who felt the Champions League final was demonstrating again how football has lost touch with all that makes it so important. We thought we had enough to win the game.

He has also failed to take advantage of his last chance to win the trophy with Juventus' loss to defending champions Real Madrid.

Hundreds of Real fans, almost all of them wearing replica shirts, staged impromptu games of football in the busy shopping streets and went through their repertoire of club anthems.

Romance was on the side of Juventus which was a statement in itself. A European title is the one of the few major prizes to elude the Italian in an illustrious career that has seen him lose two Champions League finals.

"Real Madrid is going to win".

Cuadrado, who had come on in the 66th minute, was dismissed six minutes from the end after picking up a second yellow card for a push on Sergio Ramos. "It's very hard to reach the Champions League final two years running, but we did that". He later joined Real Madrid from Juventus in 2001 and lifted the Champions League title with the Spanish club in 2003.

"As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and today, but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again".