B Dortmund 0 – 2 R Madrid


Real Madrid were crowned European champions for the 15th time at Wembley Stadium. Second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr. beat a brave Borussia Dortmund to secure a 2-0 victory in the Champions League final.

The German side hit a post and created two other clear-cut chances in the first half, and looked set to pull off a major upset. But Real have a unique relationship with this competition and finally came alive with an improved performance after the break.

Toni Kroos – in his last game for the club – set up the first goal with a corner that Carvajal headed in with 16 minutes to go. Shortly afterwards, Englishman Jude Bellingham punished the tense Dortmund team with Vinicius Jr.

Niclas Füllkrug, who had hit the inside of a post earlier in the game as Dortmund broke through Real's defence at will, thought he had set up a brilliant finish with a powerful header, but it was ruled out for offside and Dortmund's hopes of an unlikely comeback all but ended.

Real, the kings of Europe, were crowned again. Decimoquinta secured.

This is the first time they have gone unbeaten in a European season. They needed four comebacks to get there, including a last-minute turnaround against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals and a penalty shootout win against last year's winners Manchester City in the quarter-finals, but the Spanish champions were undeterred.

For Carvajal, Kroos and their teammates Nacho and Luka Modric, it is the remarkable sixth Champions League victory with Real Madrid. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has now won the coveted award five times as head coach. For the 20-year-old Bellingham, it is the first of more victories?

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Real Madrid fans celebrated their Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund at a watch-along party at the Bernabeu.

Bellingham: The best night of my life!

Jude Bellingham in conversation with TNT Sports:

“I always dreamed of playing in these games. You go through life and people tell you there are things you can't do. Days like this remind you of that. Sometimes it's hard and you wonder if it's worth it, but nights like this make you realize that.

“I was fine until I saw my mom and dad. Nights when they could have been home at 7pm but were out until 12pm to take me to soccer. And my little brother, who I try to be a role model for. The best night of my life.”

Real's remarkable numbers in the Champions League

  • 15 European Cup/Champions League victories – more than twice as many as the second best AC Milan (seven)
  • 5 Champions League victories for Carlo Ancelotti – more than any other coach
  • 6 Champions League victories with Real Madrid for Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal and Nacho

Player Ratings

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel (7), Ryerson (7), Hummels (7), Schlotterbeck (6), Maatsen (6), Sabitzer (7), Can (7), Brandt (6), Sancho (7), Füllkrug (8), Adeyemi (7).

Submarines used: Reus (6), Malen (6), Haller (6), Bynoe-Gittens (N/A)

Real Madrid: 1. Kevin de Bruyne (7), …

Submarines used: Joselu (6), Modric (6), Militao (not available), Vazquez (not available)

Player of the game: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

How Real became champions again

The odds were always against Dortmund. They had beaten Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain on their way to the final, but missed moments in the first half paid off here. Those chances must have been on their minds as they stood in front of their fans who had cheered them on so loudly the whole time.

In the end, it was another bitter setback at Wembley, just like the 2013 final defeat against Bayern Munich. For the departing Marco Reus, who was there eleven years ago, it was probably just as painful.

Although a number of pitch attackers disrupted the start of the game, Dortmund were quickly up to speed and played passes behind Real's defense, allowing Julian Brandt to shoot the ball over the far post and Karim Adeyemi to shoot the ball too far past Thibaut Courtois.

About the team

  • Real Madrid remained unchanged from their final La Liga game of the season: Thibaut Courtois was in goal, Toni Kroos started in his final game for the club and Luka Modric was among the substitutes.
  • Marco Reus sat on the bench in his last game as a Dortmund player, Julian Brandt moved into midfield. Jadon Sancho, on loan from ManU, started on the wing for the German team.

Real could not close the gaps and Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen, who won the league with Burnley this time last year, rolled into Fullkrug midway through the half and his shot hit the inside of the post.

The big striker came agonisingly close again moments later, but this time he couldn't stretch far enough to head Adeyemi's shot into the top corner. The left winger was too hot to control it. Jadon Sancho was also successful on the other side. Even Marcel Sabitzer was able to step forward from midfield and force Courtois into a save, meaning Dortmund ended the half with the better performance.

Shot card comparison for the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid
Shot card comparison for the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid

Real Madrid's best play in the first 45 minutes was a spectacular effort from Vinicius Jr. from the edge of the box. Gregor Kobel eventually had to power through a Kroos free kick from a tight angle before Carvajal narrowly missed from the resulting corner. The right-back's eyes lit up again moments later when his shot deflected off the far post for the goalkeeper.

Real finally got going. Courtois had to save a Fullkrug header, but the action was now all around the Dortmund goal. Bellingham could have fired home Vinicius Jr's high cross from inches away, and the Brazilian laughed to himself after Real tricked him into winning a corner. It was the set piece that brought the breakthrough, scoring Carvajal's second Champions League goal nine years after his first. A good time to add to his tally.

Vinicius Junior doubled Real Madrid's lead at Wembley
Vinicius Junior doubled Real Madrid's lead at Wembley

Bellingham came close again with a deflected shot from inside the box as Real suddenly brimmed with confidence. Kobel had to save first Kroos and then Eduardo Camavinga and then Nacho. He was unable to stop Vinicius Jr.'s shot, however, and a precise finish sealed the deal after Bellingham capitalised on Maatsen's mistake and set him free.

Füllkrug thought he had thrown his team a lifeline, but Real's rise to the throne was once again unstoppable.

Ancelotti: This season was 10/10 – my players were spectacular!

Carlo Ancelotti raises the Champions League trophy
Carlo Ancelotti raises the Champions League trophy

real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti: “I didn't have to be angry. I had to clarify a few things. It was clear how Dortmund wanted to play. We lost the balance and needed to control their transition moments better. We lost a lot of balls in the opponent's half and thought that a system change with more players in midfield would be better for us.”

“This season was 10 out of 10. My players were spectacular.”

On Toni Kroos’ resignation: “He has made it to the top. He is a legend at this club. All Real Madrid fans are grateful to him for what he has achieved, not only for his game but also for his attitude and professionalism.”

“I told him we’ll wait in case you change your mind!”

Terzic: Real Madrid’s quality is incredible

Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic: “The turning point came and you could see why they are champions.

“It was a very even game in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the second half. But the quality of the opponent is unbelievable. When you see how we lost the flow of the game due to a set piece, that's something we have to learn from.”

“We were always dangerous in possession and on the counterattack, but we couldn't score. That was the reason why we didn't win the game.”

On the future of Jadon Sancho: “Jadon has been brilliant for us over the last six months. It has taken him some time to get back into form but we feel his quality and ability will improve our game immediately. He has not only improved his own game but also that of the players around him. He is very gifted.

“We talked about the present. The Champions League final in his hometown. I'm really happy that he's with us. You can feel the joy that he receives in the dressing room and brings into the dressing room.”

“I am delighted to be working with Jadon. We don't know what the future holds for him, but one thing is certain: another Champions League final.”

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