Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeep! It’s all over – Real Madrid are the champions of Europe, becoming the first team to retain the title since AC Milan 27 years ago. They’ve now won three of the last four Champions League titles.
90+1 min: The match enters its knockings, with Juventus looking a sorry rabble after such a promising first half. They’ve been walloped in this second half and have conceded four goals in this final, having shipped just three in their previous 12 Champions League matches this season.
GOAL! Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid (Sensio 90)
Another goal for Real! Marco Sensio fires home from about 12 yards after getting on the end of a pull-back from Marcelo, who was given the freedom of the byline after getting in behind the Juventus defence.
89 min: The camera cuts to a weeping Italian lady in the stand, who is defiantly holding her Juventus scarf aloft. She must be perplexed at the quite weird slump in the performance level of her team since the start of the second half.
88 min: Real Madrid substitution: Toni Kroos off, Alvaro Morata on.
85 min: Looking at the Cuadrado incident again, it looks like the Juventus substitute may have had a petulant little stamp on Ramos’s foot. Whether or not it was yellow card-worthy is open to debate.
Red card! Juan Cuadrado gets sent off
84 min: Not long on the field as a substitute, Juan Cuadrado gets a second booking for what appeared to be a little shove on Sergio Ramos, who dropped like a sack of cement before rolling around on the ground in agony while clutching his foot.
83 min: Real Madrid substitution: Marco Asensio on for Isco.
82 min: Juve win a free-kick wide on the right and the ball’s played into the Real Madrid penalty area. Alex Sandro makes a darting run and flicks a header just wide of the far post.
79 min: Cristiano Ronaldo gallops down the inside right challenge and spots Gareth Bale making a run towards the edge of the six-yard box. With the goal at his mercy and only Gigi Buffon to beat, the Welshman is prevented from sweeping the ball home with his first touch of the game by a sensational last-ditch interception by Leonardo Bonucci.
77 min: Real Madrid substitution: After a quiet night at the office, Karim Benzema goes off and is replaced by a local chap by the name of Gareth Bale. In decidedly less sentimental substitution news, Juventus replace Paulo Dybala with Mario Lemina.
75 min: Isco berates Karim Benzema for selfishly shooting and having his effort blocked, when his teammate was unmarked and in space in the Juventus penalty area.
75 min: Having come on and immediately got himself booked, Juan Cuadrado prompts his manager Max Allegri to shake his head in disbelief as sends a high cross from the right flank soaring towards a vast expanse of empty space on the other side of the pitch near the corner flag.
73 min: Real attack down the inside left with Marcelo on the ball and he pulls it back to Cristiano Ronaldo. Looking for his hat-trick, he is unable to control the ball properly and fires high over the bar. That was a decent chance to put the game to bed.
72 min: Juan Cuadrado gets booked for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.
71 min: Sandro gets booked for a foul on Raphael Varane. Juventus substitution: Miralem Pjanic off, Claudio Marchisio on.
69 min: That was a splendid goal from Ronaldo, whose movement and anticipation was superb. Without so much as a glance, Modric pulled the ball back to the six-yard box and Ronaldo made Messrs Bonucci and Chiellini look uncharacteristically sloppy as he burst between them to fire past Buffon from four yards out.
67 min: Juve substitution: Andrea Barzagli goes off and is replaced by Juan Cuadrado. Juve switch to four at the back, with Dani Alves playing at right-back and Sandro at left-back, book-ending Bonucci and Chiellini in the heart of the defence. Cuadrado takes up position on the right wing.
65 min: Three minutes and six seconds after Casemiro restored Real Madrid’s lead, Cristiano Ronaldo extends it with his second goal of the night. Taking advantage of some slack play from Mandzukic, Luka Modric stole in behind the Juventus defence. He got to the byline and pulled the ball back to the edge of the six-yard box, where Cristiano Ronaldo had made his run and was on hand to slot the ball past Buffon.
GOAL! Juventus 1-3 Real Madrid (ronaldo 64)
Real Madrid extend their lead! Cristiano Ronaldo gives Real Madrid a two-goal cushion.
63 min: Gigi Buffon looked seriously fed up as he sat on his backside pondering the futility of it all before picking that one out of the net. It was a fine goal from a player who has been unimpressive thus far, but was optimisitc enough to try his luck from about 30 yards. His luck was in – the shot took a wicked deflection off Sami Khedira and crept in by the far post.
GOAL! Juventus 1-2 Real Madrid (Casemiro 61)
Real Madrid lead! Casemiro fires Real Madrid into the lead with a swerving, dipping effort from distance that bounces on the line as it scrapes in by the foot of the left upright.
60 min: Real Madrid continue to dominate this second half, but without creating much in the way of chances. Karim Benzema picks up the ball on the left flank and … oh, hold on!
58 min: Marcelo picks out a Ronaldo run to the far post and threads a lovely cross his way. Sandro does enough to put the Real Madrid man off, although he’d have had to stretch every sinew to turn that ball home from a tight angle.
57 min: Real Madrid advance on Juventus’s penalty area, play the ball wide to Marcelo on the left wing and Andrea Barzagli is immediately out to clear.
55 min: A long succession of second half fouls and stoppages is interrupted by the outbreak of some football, which culminates with Luka Modric unleashing an effort from the edge of the Juventus penalty area. Gigi Buffon saves comfortably.
54 min: It’s one stoppage after another in a very niggly second half. This time Modric goes down after Khedira clambers all over him.
53 min: Toni Kroos is booked for a late challenge on Sami Khedira.
52 min: Now Dani Alves goes down injured after being trod on by Marcelo. In a case of mistaken identity, the referee gives Isco, who was nearby, a ticking off.
49 min: There’s a break in play as Leonardo Bonucci goes down looking dazed and confused after getting a smack in the face from the ball at a Real corner. He receives treatment and wanders off the pitch with cartoon budgies chirruping around his head, then comes back on again when signalled by the referee.
48 min: I’m a bit late to this party, but in all my excitement over Mandzukic’s goal, I neglected to mention that in the build-up, the ball was passed between four different players without touching the ground, before he volleyed past Keylor Navas, who probably should have done a little better.
47 min: Cristiano Ronaldo gets in behind Andrea Barzagli and tries to pick out Karim Benzema with a scooped pass from the byline. Giorgio Chiellini is on hand to clear.
Second half: Juventus 1-1 Real Madrid
46 min: Real Madrid get the second half started, with no changes in personnel on either side. Keylor Navas begins the half on his knees, arms outstretched as he has a quick word with the Big Man upstairs.
Half-time in Cardiff: Juventus 1-1 Real Madrid
Peep! The ref signals half-time and the players troop off for the interval after a very entertaining first half. Juventus started brightly, but conceded a goal against the run of play when Cristiano Ronaldo finished a move in which the Italian side’s defence were carved open with uncharacteristic ease. Real’s lead didn’t last long – Mario Mandzukic equalised with a splendid piece of improvisation, bagging himself a goal fit to grace any cup .
~ Napoleon Bonaparte