Real come from behind to win 10th European Cup

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Updated: May 25, 2014

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Real Madrid came back from the dead to force extra-time and eventually win the Champions League 4-1 on a night of high drama at the Stadium of light in Portugal.

Atletico Madrid led for most of the night until the 93rd minute when Sergio Ramos nodded in the equaliser, taking the game into extra-time after which the Madrid giants seized control with 3 goals to deliver the iconic club its 10th European trophy and first since 2002.

For manager Carlo Ancelotti it was the 5th time he has lifted the trophy after winning it twice as a player and twice as a manager with AC Milan.

Atletico were minutes away from securing the title and a rare domestic and European double when they took the lead before the halftime interval. Real failed to clear their lines following a corner kick, and a searching ball into the box was met by Godin, who took advantage of Iker Casillas’ poor positioning to head home the delivery from the center of the box.

Real Madrid dominated the second half and eventually found an equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time when Ramos sent a glancing header past Thibaut Courtois, the defender’s sixth goal in his last eight games across all competitions forcing extra-time.

In the 109th minute Angel Di Maria, who had an exceptional second half, breezed his way past 2 defenders down the left in sublime fashion only to have his shot blocked by Courtois however Gareth Bale, hero in the Spanish Cup final, was rewarded for his supporting run by getting his head on the rebound for his 22nd goal for Madrid in his first season.

Until then Bale had squandered a host of chances however the goal was just reward for his work rate throughout the match.

Marcelo was introduced midway through the second half, an inspired substitution by Ancelotti, as the Brazilian caused all sorts of problems down the left providing Di Maria with countless attacking opportunities.

His moment of glory came barely 9 minutes after Real took the lead when a gaping hole opened up at the back of the shattered Atletico defence, the Brazilian surged through and fired an unstoppable shot under the hand of Courtois.

Fittingly Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been kept quiet all match, scored the 4th from the penalty spot after being fouled by Godin, the Portuguese superstar stepping up to slot him his 17th European goal of the season.