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Watch Mario Mandzukic's Champions League final wonder-strike again and again

Watch Mario Mandzukic's Champions League final wonder-strike again and again

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend their European title in the Champions League era with a 4-1 win over Juventus for their third triumph in four years.

Juve and Real possess highly contrasting playing styles.

Real produced a ruthless second-half display after an evenly matched first 45 minutes.

Ronaldo had seven minutes earlier become just the second player after Alfredo Di Stefano to score in three European Cup finals, sweeping in from the edge of the box.

Last year's payout was a mere €700,000, plus another €100,000 for a Camp Nou Clasico win, meaning the squad almost doubled their haul as they returned to the Champions League summit for the second straight year.

Taking the ball with his back to goal, Mandzukic took the ball on the chest before sending an overhead kick into the top corner that Navas could absolutely do nothing about.

Mario Mandzukic then rose up, arching a handsome effort over Keylor Navas, his despairing dive only making the goal look even better.

The final game of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions league is here as Juventus are set to take on Real Madrid.




Eight years later, he faces another chance to be part of a team that have won two consecutive Champions League titles.

"We hope not too many people were injured and we hope they get better soon".

Madrid has been the most inform side throughout Europe and at the pace they are going, will take some beating even against the immovable Juventus defence.

The game still seemed to be in a state of shock from Mandzukic's wonder goal after the restart, but Zinedine Zidane opted against bringing on Bale and kept the status quo.

His first effort was his club's 500th in the competition. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo.

Sad end: Gigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini after the game.

Domination was verified after the break when Madrid went back in front - through Casemiro's strike which deflected off Sami Khedira - and this time the lead was retained.

Leonardo Bonucci's deep ball was brought down by Alex Sandro, who cut it back to Higuain in the penalty area.


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