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Real Madrid Wins UEFA Champions League for the 15th Time

Vinícius Júnior celebrates scoring Real Madrid's second goal of the Champions League final. Lars Baron/Getty Images

LONDON|Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for a 15th time at Wembley, with second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr seeing off a brave Borussia Dortmund for a 2-0 Champions League final victory.

The German side hit a post and created two more big chances in the first half as they threatened a big upset but Real have a unique relationship with this competition and, with an improved display after the interval, they finally came to life.

Toni Kroos – in his final game for the club – set up the opener with a corner for Carvajal to head home with 16 minutes to play, while England’s Jude Bellingham rolled in Vinicius Jr to punish a stretched Dortmund side soon after.

Real Madrid players celebrate their 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund. Courtesy photo

Niclas Fullkrug, who had struck the inside of an upright earlier in the game when Dortmund were breaking through the Real backline at will, thought he’d set up a big finish with a powerful header but was flagged offside and Dortmund’s hopes of an unlikely comeback all but ended there.

For the first time, it is with an unbeaten European campaign. They have needed four comebacks along the way, including their last-gasp turnaround against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals and a penalty shootout victory over last season’s winners Manchester City in the quarter-finals, but the Spanish champions wouldn’t be denied.

For Carvajal, Kroos and team-mates Nacho and Luka Modric it is a remarkable sixth Champions League win with Real Madrid. Boss Carlo Ancelotti has now won the coveted prize five times as a head coach.

 

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