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Saturday May 24, 2014

Real Madrid Takes Home Champions League Title

Real Madrid Takes Home Champions League Title

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Real Madrid secured its long-awaited 10th Champions League title with a 4-1 overtime victory here Saturday over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, which led 1-0 until the 93rd minute.

The Blancos add the Champions trophy to the 2014 Copa del Rey, while Atletico can take some comfort in having won La Liga for the first time in 18 years.

Nearly 61,000 people - including Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia - crowded into Lisbon’s Luz stadium for the first European final between two clubs from the same city.

Sergio Ramos’ goal in stoppage time turned this extra-special edition of the Madrid derby into an endurance contest and the stout Atleti defense finally crumbled before Real Madrid’s relentless attack.

Diego Costa, the Colchoneros’ offensive leader, left the match in the ninth minute.

Even so, Atletico grabbed the lead in the 36th minute as Diego Godin exploited a rare miscue by veteran Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and headed the ball into the unguarded net.

Real Madrid was less than sparkling in the first half, with Cristiano Ronaldo was all but invisible in the first half and Gareth Bale blowing a quality scoring chance.

But the Blancos’ attack gathered steam after Carlo Ancelotti’s 59th-minute substitutions of Marcelo for Coentrao and Isco for Khedira.

The Colchoneros turned aside every threat and were just two minutes away from Champions League glory when, in the 93rd minute, Ramos scored with a header off a corner kick.

Bale, the Welsh international acquired last summer for a huge transfer fee, delivered what turned out to be the winning goal at minute 110 after a brilliant rush by Angel Di Maria.

Marcelo made it 3-1 in the 118th minute and Ronaldo converted on a penalty in the final minute of the second overtime, setting a record for most goals - 17 - in a single Champions League competition.

UEFA named the 26-year-old Di Maria as man of the match.

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