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Ronaldo double lifts Real Madrid to 12th Champions League crown

IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals as Real Madrid thrashed Juventus 4-1 in the final to win the UEFA Champions title, in Cardiff, on Saturday.

Real won a record-extending 12th European title and in the process also became the first team to win the present format of the Champions League two seasons running.

IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo scores the third goal for Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic scored one of the great goals in a Champions League final to cancel out Ronaldo’s opener for Real Madrid as a pulsating first half ended with the teams level at 1-1.

Italian champions Juve made an imposing start with three early shots fired at Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas, although Zinedine Zidane’s side took full advantage of their first opening when Ronaldo clinically side-footed home Dani Carvajal’s cut back on a counter-attack in the 20th minute.

IMAGE: Mario Mandzukic, centre, celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Juventus. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Striker Mandzukic, formerly with Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid, pulled Juventus level with a cracking overhead kick which flew over the outstretched Navas in the 27th minute.

Ronaldo’s goal meant he became the first player to score in three finals in the Champions League era, joining the late Real great Alfredo di Stefano by scoring in more than two European Cup finals. The Argentine, who passed away in 2014, netted in a record five finals between 1956 and 1960.

Source: Rediff