Diego Godin’s 36th minute goal looked certain to win the title for Atletico but Sergio Ramos scored an incredible injury time equalize to force the game into the extra time where Real scored magnificent three goals over tired looking Rojablancos to fulfill their dream of La Decima.
Real Madrid have now ended their 12 year wait of the trophy and this title now re-establishes their claim as the most powerful football club of the world.
Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, all scored a goal in extra time and then started the emotional celebrations for Real players. While Atletico’s supporters had broken into tears for the loss of their team, Real fans also had the tears in their eyes for the opposite reason.
Diego Simeone’s men had given their everything in first 90 minutes of the game and were looking on their course to the title until very end. They had refused to allow any space to Gareth Bale and Ronaldo but Ramos’ header change the tempo of the game in Los Blancos’ favor. Football can be a cruel game sometimes.
Atletico manager opted to start the game with Diego Cost, a decision that backfired very soon as the player got injured in the 9th minute of the play. Atletico paid the heavy price for this wrong piece of judgment later as they were certainly looking more tired than their Real Madrid counterparts and had only two substitutions to make in the last stages of the game.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti opted to start with Sami Khedira who was starting his first game of the competition. Ancelotti also decided in favor of Raphael Varane, who replaced injured Pepe. Fabio Coentrao was selected ahead of Brazilian left back Marcelo.
The first goal scoring opportunity came in the 32nd minute as Tiago gave away a ball in Atletico’s own half and Bale came charging from the middle of the pitch, but his shot missed the left goal post.
Four minutes later, there was another defencive error, but this time, it was from Real Madrid as captain Iker Casillas came off his line on the corner kick of Atletico when Diego Godin scored a goal through header.
The rest of the first half was uneventful as both sides did not take any risk. But after the start of second half, Ronaldo almost scored in the 54th minute but his free kick got deflected off an Atletico player which was tipped away by keeper Courtois.
In an attempt to put more life into the game, Real coach made two changed in 57th minute. He bring in Marcelo and Isco in place of Coentrao and ineffective Khedira. After these aggressive changes, Real continued to push for the equalize and nearly scored on three separate occasions when Ronaldo, Isco and Bale missed their respective chances. Karim Benzema was virtually nowhere to be seen in the game and expectedly, he made the way for young Alvaro Morata in 79th minute.
Real continued to press for the goal in last ten minutes but were always denied by the superb defending of Atletico. But when all hopes appeared to have lost for Real, Ramos scored through a smashing header in the 93rd minute to force the game into extra time.
Atletico Madrid were seemingly looking tired in the extra time and Ronaldo almost looked certain to score when his free kick struck the elbow of Gabi but referee refused to allow penalty. But now, Real were playing with much more authority and as a result, got their winner in 110th minute. Angel di Maria made an excellent run through the left side and gave pass to Bale. The Welshman made no mistake and scored a goal through header.
Marcelo sealed the victory in 118th minute when he made an uninterrupted run because of Atletico’s tired defence. Ronaldo made it 4-1 a minute later as he won the penalty for a foul by Diego Godin.
Almost all Real Madrid players burst into tears after the game. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was seemingly proud of his team. “We believed that we could draw right up until the last moment”, the manager said in his interview to Televisión Española.
“We have fought hard and after Ramos’ goal the game was a lot easier”, he added. To finish, Carlo Ancelotti said that “it is a dream come true” and that he and the team were “enormously happy”.
Meanwhile, the interview of Atletico boss Simeone was a reflection of his character. “I don’t feel sad,” he said. “It’s bitterness that I feel for not reaching my goal. Now the calmness is stronger and it has overcome this situation.
“The match ends when the referee wants, I’ve nothing else to say on the matter. Hopefully this will provide Varane with experience and he will learn. He’s a great player with a great future.”
“Real Madrid were better in the second half of the game” he added. “We were all tired but they got a little better.
“I tried to tell my team that they remained competitive throughout the match and I am always proud of my players – they fought until the end with a lot of humility.”