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Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv

iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final betweenCarlo Ancelotti, h
ad warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press
conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and cha
nged the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. An
d Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory
.
ROAD TO GLORY
Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. A
tletico.
When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz
arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casill
as for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season a
nd he showed why with a bad gaffe.
Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w
ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b
all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the
defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line,
but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, th
e goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proo
f that his time at the top may be up.
If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo
sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that se
emed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courto
is, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.
Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league
match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d
ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.
Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances.
Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both end
s, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by indiv
iduals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl
etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.
The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and
a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play.
With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i
rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do
in fits and starts.
Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the firs
t half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up
by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the
net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with
his head in his hands on the turf.
But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed t
o suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could
make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired specta
cularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.
Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall
y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answe
rs in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get
on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khed