Vinicius Jr seals Real Madrid’s 15th Champions League trophy win despite Borussia Dortmund threat

Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for a record-extending 15th time with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday.

Huge favourites going in to the game, the Spanish side were outplayed for long periods but broke Dortmund’s resistance with late goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr.

Veteran right-back Carvajal glanced in a header from a Toni Kroos corner in the 74th minute and from that moment Carlo Ancelotti’s side sparked into life. Vinicius slid home Real’s second in the 83rd minute to silence the yellow-clad Dortmund fans who had created a wall of noise throughout the Champions League final.

It was hard on the German side who missed several good first-half chances, the best of which saw Niclas Fuellkrug hit the post from close range.

Karim Adeyemi was unable to capitalise in the 21st minute after going through one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, while Niklas Fullkrug struck the post soon after.

The Bundesliga side were made to rue those missed opportunities as Madrid broke through with 16 minutes remaining, with Carvajal brilliantly guiding Toni Kroos’ corner beyond the helpless Gregor Kobel.

Nico Schlotterbeck’s superb last-ditch intervention denied Jude Bellingham three minutes later, but Los Blancos sealed victory seven minutes from time.

Ian Maatsen’s loose square pass was intercepted by Bellingham, who immediately presented Vinicius with the opportunity to secure the trophy, which he did not pass up.

Although on the back foot for most of the first half – and failing to register a shot on target – Madrid demonstrated yet again how difficult they are to be beaten. Indeed, only Atletico Madrid managed it all season.

Dortmund were subsequently left to wonder what might have been, with Ancelotti’s side striking twice in the final 16 minutes to seal a hard-earned victory.

Toni Kroos, who assisted the opening goal, will hang up his boots in the summer and Nacho is reportedly set to follow him out of Santiago Bernabeu.

However, the pair do so as the joint-most decorated players in Champions League history – along with team-mates Carvajal and Luka Modric after winning their sixth winner’s medals.

While this is Madrid’s 15th triumph in Europe’s premier club competition, it is their first having gone unbeaten throughout the campaign – becoming the second Spanish side to achieve the feat after Barcelona in 2005-06.

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