UEFA Champions League Final:  Record-breaking Ronaldo strikes twice to fire Real Madrid to Champions League glory

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid retained their Champions League crown and heaped more final heartbreak on Juventus with a 4-1 win in Cardiff.

In a gripping final, Real took the lead when Ronaldo finished off a flowing counter-attack (20) but Juventus hit back seven minutes later through a skilful overhead kick from Mario Mandzukic that will go down in history as one the greatest goals in Champions League history.

Casemiro fired Zinedine Zidane’s side into the lead on 61 minutes and Ronaldo struck again three minutes later, before Marco Asensio wrapped it up in stoppage time to condemn Juve -who had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off for two yellow cards late on – to a fifth straight defeat in the showpiece European final (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017).

Victory for the La Liga giants means they have become the first side to defend the Champions League since its revamp in 1992 and wins them an historic 12th European major title.

This fixture matched up a well-drilled Juventus defence that had conceded just three goals in this season’s competition against a ruthless Real attacking outfit that scored in all of their 12 Champions League matches this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his status as the Champions League’s greatest goal-scorer with his decisive double taking his tally to 105 career Champions League goals.

  • To put that goal haul into perspective, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 94 times in the competition and the legendary Raul is way back on 71 in third.
  • No other player has more than 56.

Most Champions League goals

Player Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo 105

Lionel Messi 94

Raul 71

Ruud van Nistelrooy 56

Karim Benzema 51

  • Ronaldo’s opener against Juventus also meant he became the first player in history to net in three different Champions League finals, adding to his strikes for United in 2008 and Real in 2014.

  • It’s worth noting Ronaldo had to wait 26 matches before scoring his first Champions League goal – he’s scored 90 in 88 appearances since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid.

  • Ronaldo’s second of the game then took him clear of Messi at the top of the scoring standings for this competition. His 12 goals in the 2016/17 Champions League mean he has finished top scorer in Europe’s elite club contest five years running.

Champions League top scorer 2016/17

Player  Club  Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo  Real Madrid  12

Lionel Messi  Barcelona  11

Edinson Cavani  PSG  8

Robert Lewandowski  Bayern Munich  8

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  Borussia Dortmund   7

  • Ronaldo scores brings up another landmark and his second against Juventus was also his 600th for club and country.

UcL: Semi-finals second leg -result – Isco’s strike sends Real Madrid to UCL final despite Atletico defeat

Atletico Madrid 2 – 1 Real Madrid (Aggregate 2 – 4)

​Defending champions Real Madrid held off a spirited Atletico Madrid to set up a meeting with Juventus in next month’s Champions League final in Cardiff, despite losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid, who were playing their last European game at the Vicente Calderon, were tasked with overturning Real’s commanding 3-0  semi-final lead from the first leg, and blew the tie wide open with two goals in the first 16 minutes through a Saul Niguez header and Antoine Griezmann penalty.

However, a sublime moment of skill from Karim Benzema saw him set up Toni Kroos just before half-time, and though the German’s effort was superbly kept out by Jan Oblak, Isco was there to follow up with the rebound and leave Atletico needing three more without reply.

Chances were scarcer for both teams after the break, although home substitute Kevin Gameiro missed two presentable chances to give Atletico a glimmer of hope.

The result means Real have now got the better of their city rivals for a fourth successive season in Europe.

Real will be attempting to become the first team to win the Champions League twice in a row, will meet Juventus at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, 3 June.

UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Results

Group E
Bayer Leverkusen could not find a winner against Barcelona as a 1-1 draw saw the German side fail to qualify.
Leverkusen, who had not won in Europe since matchday one, could have made it through if they bettered Roma’s result against BATE Borisov.
Barcelona, who were already through as group winners, went ahead on 20 minutes through Lionel Messi, only for the in-form Javier Hernandez (23) to equalise.

Roma secured their place in the knockout stages after a 0-0 Group E draw with BATE Borisov — the night’s only game without a goal.

Group F
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won 3-0 at Olympiacos to make the last 16 of the Champions League for the 16th season in succession.
Going into the game having lost three of their previous five fixtures, the Gunners needed to win by two goals or more at the Karaiskakis Stadium or better the 3-2 defeat they suffered at home to the Greek champions in September.
With seven key first-team players missing through injury, Arsene Wenger recalled Theo Walcott after his recovery from a calf problem, but it was Giroud who would produce the goods when it mattered as Arsenal made light work of a seemingly difficult task to seal a 3-0 win.
For Giroud it would have been all the more sweet given he had been sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb which started a run of poor results that led to Wednesday night’s scenario.
Arsenal become just the eighth side to advance through their group having taken three points or fewer from their opening four matches and Wenger will now be hoping to avoid the big names as they will come up against a group winner in the next round.

Bayern Munich cruised to a 2-0 victory at Dinamo Zagreb, with lethal striker Robert Lewandowski scoring both goals.

The result means Bayern top Group F by six points while Dinamo finish third.

Group G
Chelsea made it three English teams into the knockout stages after beating Porto 2-0at Stamford Bridge courtesy of an Ivan Marcano own goal and second from Willian (52) which saw the Blues as Group G winners.

Dynamo Kiev will join them in the last 16 after beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 at home with a 16th-minute goal from Denys Garmash.

While, Porto head into the Europa League.

Group H
Belgium were celebrating a first club through to the knockout stages of the Champions League in 15 years after Gent beat Group H winners Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1 at at Ghelamco Arena.
Laurent Depoitre (18) headed the hosts into a first-half lead, only for Artem Dzyuba to equalise as the Russian team chased a sixth straight European victory.
Danijel Milicevic (78) knocked in a late winner.

Bottom placed Lyon defeated Valencia 2-0.
New Valencia boss Gary Neville will now regroup his squad for the Europa League.
Lyon, who had picked up just one point from their previous five Group H matches, went ahead just before half-time through Gnarly Cornet (37), with Alexandre Lacazette (76) wrapping things up late on.

Group E
Bayer Leverkusen 1 – 1 Barcelona
Roma 0 – 0 BATE Borisov

Group F
Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 2 Bayern Munich
Olympiacos 0 – 3 Arsenal

Group G
Chelsea 2 – 0 FC Porto
Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Group H
Gent 2 – 1 Zenit St. Petersburg
Valencia 0 – 2 Lyon

UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Results

Group A
Cristiano Ronaldo made record by scoring four times (and 11 in the group stage), Karim Benzema three goals and Mateo Kovacic scored once as Real Madrid white-washed minnows Malmoe FF 8-0 at the Santiago Bernabeau.
This is the first time two players had scored hat tricks in the same Champions League game, with Real winning Group A and tying a group-stage record margin set by Liverpool in 2007.

Paris Saint-Germain had already secured the runners-up spot in Group A and defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0.
Lucas Moura provided the opening goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the box in the 57th minute before Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second late on.

With just three points in the group stage, Shakhtar still finished third and secured a spot in the Europa League thanks to their head-to-head record over Malmo.

Group B
Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Anthony Martial gave United the lead in the 10th minute.
But United were only ahead for two minutes when Naldo flicked to beat David De Gea and level the score at 1-1.
Wolfsburg took the lead following a delicious 11-pass move that was finished by Vierinha.
A late own goal by Josuha Guilavogui gave United hope but Naldo found the net shortly after to earn a 3-2 win and send the injury-hit three-time European champions out.
Without seven first-team regulars, Van Gaal was forced to hand defender Guillermo Varela his full debut.
The hosts lived up to their nickname of Die Wolfe and hounded United like a pack of aggressive wolves.

Wolfsburg won Group B while United settle for a spot in the Europa League.

PSV rallied to defeat CSKA Moscow 2-1 to finish runners-up and move on ahead of Man United.
Sergei Ignashevich provided the Russian side a 76th-minute lead, but Luuk de Jong equalised two minutes later before Davy Proepper found the winner four minutes from time.

Group C
Luciano Vietto had a goal and an assist to help Atletico Madrid win Group C with a 2-1 victory at Benfica.
Vietto assissted Saul Niguez to score in the 33rd minute, then scored himself in the 55th minute.
Konstantinos Mitroglou got one back with a shot off the post for Benfica, who advanced as group runners-up.

Galatasaray drew 1-1 with FC Astana to secure their spot in the Europa League.
Selcuk Inan scored for the Turkish giants in the 64th minute to cancel out Patrick Twumasi’s opener moments earlier.

Group D
Manchester City qualified for the Champions League last 16 in first place in Group D after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling scored two and set up another goal as Manchester City produced a late surge to beat Borussia Monchengladbach.
City had trailed after the Germans replied to David Silva’s early strike through Julian Korb and Raffael but Raheem Sterling turned the game around late in the second half with two goals and Wilfried Bony added the final gloss.

With Juventus losing at Sevilla, the result was enough for City to leapfrog the Italians to the top of Group D while Monchengladbach slipped to the bottom and missed out on a Europa League spot. Sevilla earned a spot in the Europa League.
Fernando Llorente’s goal in the 65th minute was the only scoring.

Group A
Paris Saint Germain 2 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid 8 – 0 Malmoe FF

Group B
PSV Eindhoven 2 – 1 CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg 3 – 2 Manchester United

Group C
Benfica 1 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Galatasaray 1 – 1 FC Astana

Group D
Manchester City 4 – 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Sevilla 1 – 0 Juventus

UEFA Champions League Results

Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.

Group A

The clash between group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid ended in a barren draw.

Both teams had six points from their first two matches coming into Wednesday’s match, but Real leads with a superior goal difference.

Malmo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Shakhtar have lost all three matches, and may even struggle to progress into the Europa League by finishing third after a goal from Malmo striker Markus Rosenberg gave the hosts a win that should have been by a wider margin.

Group B

Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow to keep the light on for a Champions League last 16-spot, on their return to the city where they lifted the Champions League in 2008.

United initially froze on a sub-zero night in the Russian capital, gifting CSKA Moscow a penalty when Martial handled in the box.

Seydou Doumbia converted the follow up after David de Gea had tipped Roman Eremenko’s spot-kick on to the post, but Martial ensured the match ended in a 1-1 draw with a second-half diving header.

Wolfsburg now lead the group as second-half goals from Bas Dost and Max Kruse helped Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.

Group C

Atletico Madrid made light work of Astana with a 4-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon to stay top of their group.

Saul Niguez found the back of the net with a clever back-heel to put the hosts on their way, before Jackson Martinez got on the scoresheet just a few minutes after he had seen a goal disallowed due to offside.

Oliver Torres made sure of the result with a third for Atletico, finding the back of the net after being played in by Gabi, with Denis Dedechko then firing into his own net late on to make it four.

Galatasaray came from behind to pull off a 2-1 victory against Benfica.

Benfica got off to a flying start as Nicolas Gaitan edged them ahead inside two minutes with a dinked finish.

Selcuk Inan soon equalised from the penalty spot, though, before Lukas Podolski completed the turnaround 15 minutes later.

Group D

Kevin De Bruyne’s stoppage-time goal earned Manchester City a crucial 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium.

Adil Rami own goal after Yevhen Konoplyanka’s earlier strike saving them from another possible home defeat.

But as the game moved into four minutes of added time, De Bruyne scored the winner as he guided a shot into the bottom corner.

Juventus dropped their first points of the campaign following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Group A

Malmoe FF 1 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Paris Saint Germain 0 – 0 Real Madrid

Group B

CSKA Moscow 1 – 1 Manchester United

Wolfsburg 2 – 0 PSV Eindhoven

Group C

Atletico Madrid 4 – 0 FC Astana

Galatasaray 2 – 1 Benfica

Group D

Juventus 0 – 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Manchester City 2 – 1 Sevilla

UEFA Champions League Results

Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.

Group E

Ivan Rakitic was the hero as he scored twice to guide Barcelona to a 2-0 win at BATE Borisov.

Rakitic came on for Sergi Roberto in the 18th minute.

Roma and Bayer Leverkusen drew 4-4 in a wild game in which both teams saw two-goal leads slip.

Leverkusen’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty after Vasilis Tortosidis was whistled for handling Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross. Hernandez scored his second 15 minutes later after playing a 1-2 with Calhanoglu.

Roma got one back in the 30th minute with Daniele De Rossi to scoring. The Italian side equalised eight minutes later when De Rossi redirected a freek kick by Pjanic, and the Bosnian curled a goal with a long free kick early in the second half.

Gervinho then found Iago Falque in the box to widen Roma’s lead in the 73rd minute, but Leverkusen were not finished as Kevin Kampl scored with a looping shot in the 84th minute and Admir Mehmedi completed the comeback with a goal from close range two minutes later.

Group F

Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates as substitute Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil struck late to give life to Arsenal’s Champions League ambition.

After losing their first two matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, Arsenal needed to take something from their clash with Pep Guardiola’s side and Giroud’s bobbled 77th-minute finish set them on their way before Ozil wrapped up the win in added-on time.

The Germans had arrived at the Emirates Stadium in imperious form following a new Bundesliga record of nine consecutive victories and leaders of Group F with maximum points from two European ties.

However, Arsenal – who had lost their first two matches to sit bottom of the table – produced a resolute display and took the lead on 77 minutes when Giroud headed in after a mistake from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who had earlier produced a brilliant save to deny Theo Walcott.

Former West Brom striker Brown Ideye scored the only goal for Olympiakos in the 79th minute as the Greek champions won 1-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb.

Group G

Chelsea’s recent struggles continued and the pressure ramped up on Jose Mourinho as the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev.

Eden Hazard, restored to the starting XI, hit the post with an early shot, Cesc Fabregas felt he was sandwiched in the box but penalty appeals were dismissed, and Nemanja Matic beat three men before prodding wide.

Jose Mourinho spoke out about the referee after a penalty shout was waved away when Cesc Fabregas went down under a Serhiy Rybalka challenge.

Porto lead Group G after managing a 2-0 win at home against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Vincent Aboubakar and Yacine Brahimi scored three minutes apart in the first half to give Porto a two-point cushion over Dynamo Kiev and three clear of Chelsea.

Group H

Zenit St Petersburg stayed perfect in Group H, defeating Lyon 3-1 for their third win from three games.

Artem Dzyuba provided Zenit a lead inside three minutes, but Alexandre Lacazette equalised for the French side shortly after the break.

But Hulk put the hosts back in front eight minutes later with a blast from 30 yards, and Danny added a third goal seven minutes from time.

Valenica used a Stefan Mitrovic own goal to squeeze out a 2-1 win at home against Belgian champions Gent.

Sofiane Feghouli and Thomas Foket exchanged first-half goals, but Valencia took the lead again in the 72nd minute when a lobbed cross hit off the top of the crossbar and fell to Jose Luis Gaya, whose shot deflected off Mitrovic and into the net.

Group E

BATE Borisov 0 – 2 Barcelona

Bayer Leverkusen 4 – 4 Roma

Group F

Arsenal 2 – 0 Bayern Munich

Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 1 Olympiakos

Group G

Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 0 Chelsea

FC Porto 2 – 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Group H

Valencia 2 – 1 Gent

Zenit St. Petersburg 3 – 1 Lyon

UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Results


UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night saw two English clubs – Arsenal and Chelsea- fall to suprise defeats, Lewandowski continued his impressive goalscoring form with another hattrick, BATE shock victory over Roma, and Messi-less Barca hard fought victory.

Group E

A Messi-less Barcelona struggled to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in Camp Nou.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ 22nd minute header gave Leverkusen the lead, but Barca through Sergi Roberto levelled the score in the 80th before Luis Suarez scored the winner in the 82nd minute.

BATE Borisov shocked AS Roma by scoring three goals inside a half hour in a 3-2 win in Belarus.

Igor Stasevich’s opener and Filip Mladenovic’s brace gave the host a 3-0 lead, before Gervinho and Vasilios Torosidis scored for Roma in the second half to reduce the deficit.

Group F

Arsenal fell to a 3-2 home defeat to Olympiakos.

After a defeat at Dinamo Zagrebin their opener two weeks ago, the Gunners really needed to take maximum points against the Greeks with home and away games against Bayern Munich up next.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez twice drew Arsenal level, after Felipe Pardo and David Ospina’s own goal twice gave the visitors the lead.

But joy at the Emirates was short-lived as Alfred Finnbogason 66th minute sealed victory for the Greek team just one minute after Sanchez had equalized.

Robert Lewandowski continued his impressive goalscoring form as his hat trick helped Bayern Munich demolish Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 to take control of Group F,

taking his personal tally to 10 in three games.

Douglas Costa and Mario Gotze also scored the 1st and 3rd goal for Bayern in the 13th and 25th minute respectively.


Group G

Chelsea’s miserable start to the season continued as Jose Mourinho’s return to his former club Porto ended in 2-1 defeat.

Chelsea lost to Porto on Mourinho’s first return in 2004-05, and history repeated itself.

Andre Andre gave the host the lead in the 39th minute but Willian levelled on the stroke of half-time with a curling free-kick.

Maicon capitalized on Chelsea’s woeful defence to head in the winner just seven minutes into the second-half.

It was a night that saw Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has break the Champions League appearance record by playing his 152nd game in the competition after being named in the starting XI to face Chelsea.

Having won the competition three times in 2000, 2002 and 2014, Casillas is now participating in his 17th consecutive European campaign and surpassing former Barcelona midfielder Xavi’s tally of 151.

Dynamo Kiev eased to a 2-0 win away to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Andriy Yarmolenko and Junior Moraes scoring either side of half-time.

Group H

Valencia defeated Lyon 1-0 in France, with Sofiane Feghouli scoring the only goal.

The Primera Division side had lost their opener to Zenit but Feghouli’s goal moved them into second place behind the Russians.

Lyon, meanwhile, are still without a win in this season’s competition and have just a single point from their opening two games.

Oleg Shatov’s second-half goal earned Zenit St Petersburg a 2-1 victory over Gent to strengthen their position at the top of Group H.

Artem Dzyuba’s close-range header gave Zenit the lead in the 35th minute, but Thomas Matton’s fine 56th-minute volley drew Gent level before Shatov’s cool finish 11 minutes later sealed all three points for the hosts.

Group E

BATE Borisov 3 – 2 Roma

Barcelona 2 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen

Group F

Arsenal 2 – 3 Olympiakos

Bayern Munich 5 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb

Group G

FC Porto 2 – 1 Chelsea

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 – 2 Dynamo Kyiv

Group H

Lyon 0 – 1 Valencia

Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – 1 Gent