For the second consecutive year and 12th time overall, Real Madrid is the king of Europe. In the Champions League final on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real beat Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.
The competition's most successful club in history had yet another magical night under the lights on the biggest stage in European club soccer, taking it to a defense that had been near perfect for much of the season. Entering this match, Juventus had allowed just one goal in six knockout stage matches and four in 12 UCL matches overall, but mighty Real put three past them in just over an hour.
Here's what you need to see and know:
It all got started on 20 minutes, when.
No better way to level it
Juventus got back into it just seven minutes later withfrom Mario Mandzukic:
Then it was Casemiro's turn. The Brazilian, has come up with some big goals this season, and he did it again to score the winner with a deflected shot in the 61st minute as Real looked like more of a threat:
Putting it away
Then came Ronaldo, with hisfor club and country, to all but put it away on 64 minutes with this near-post finish:
Marco Asensio then scored from inside the box late, to cement the dominant scoreline for the Spanish club.
What the result means
Real once again conquers Europe with an impressive performance, while Juventus again falls in the final. Just two years ago, Juve lost to Barcelona in the final in Berlin 3-1.
Relive the match with our live blog below: