Real Madrid won the Champions League for the 15th time with a 2-0 win over Dortmund.

Record winners Real Madrid underlined their dominance in European football with another Champions League win. The Spaniards won Saturday’s final against long-time powerhouse Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London with a lackluster 2-0 (0-0) scoreline. ÖFB star David Alaba was allowed to sit on the substitutes’ bench despite a torn cruciate ligament, while Marcel Sabitzer played for BVB.

Full-back Dani Carvajal headed the Spanish champions to victory in front of 86,212 spectators with a header from a Toni Kroos corner in the 74th minute. Earlier, BVB, who were good for long stretches, missed a large number of good chances. Vinicius Jr. scored in the 83rd minute after a heavy foul in Dortmund’s build-up. Niklas Fulkrug’s (87th) goal was disallowed for offside.

Sabitzer missed the climax of a strong performance

Sabitzer, the second Austrian to play in a CL final after Alaba, had a strong first half and just missed out on the crown of his career so far. In the 43rd minute, ÖFB was shown a yellow card for international criticism. London was once again the scene of a disaster eleven years ago for a team that finished fifth in the German Bundesliga.

The Spanish champions, on the other hand, have won all nine finals since the Champions League was founded in 1992/93. Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s side gave Alaba a fourth Champions League title and German midfield director Kroos gave a dream farewell to club football before his career ended after his own European Championship.

Image: (APA/AFP/INA FASSBENDER)

“}”>

Zinedine Zidane, who won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid, presented the trophy.
Image: (APA/AFP/INA FASSBENDER)
See also  Ground staff at Lufthansa begin warning strike

In the hours before kick-off, yellow and black were the dominant colors in the English capital and the two fan camps didn’t give a damn in the stands. BVB supporters used banners to criticize the club’s controversial sponsorship deal with arms company Rheinmetall. “Rhinemetall: Using Football to Create a Saberman Film?”

Before the ball got rolling, musician Lenny Kravitz was allowed to perform. Zinedine Zidane and Karl-Heinz Riedle lifted the trophy. “You don’t play in the final, you win the final” is the motto of BVB coach Edin Tercic, who did without Marco Reus in the starting line-up. Sabitzer opened the final with the kick-off, and two speedsters on the field caused an immediate interception 21 seconds later. The ÖFB midfielder made a decisive assist so that the game could resume two minutes later.

It was Sabitzer who forced the first BVB attack in the sixth minute, but his cross went nowhere. Julian Brand had the first good chance to score, putting the ball beyond the far corner from six meters (14th). On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. shot well (15′). In the 21st minute, Karim Ademi appeared alone in front of Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after a dream run from Hummels. However, the ex-Salzburger’s attempt to get around Belgium failed. Shortly after, Fulcrug hit the inside bar from a suspected offside position against a restless Madrilenians (23′).

A very dangerous BVB squandered their best chances, Adeyemi again denied by Courtois after a counter-attack (28′). In the 41st minute, Sabitzer attempted a jumper, which Courtois made just his fifth competitive save of the season. Real were harmless and 8-2 shots in favor of BVB entering the game. Shortly before the restart, Dortmund fans lit up the stadium with a pyrotechnic show, and shortly after they saw goalie Gregor Kobel fish a Kroos free kick into the top corner (49th). Goble was also there for Carvajal’s shot (57′).

See also  Basement fire at the Simmeringer Hochs - wien.ORF.at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *