Highlights: Real Madrid Win 4-1 Over Atletico - 2014 UEFA Champions League Final
Real Madrid Win in Extra Time 4-1 Over Atletico
It was a breath taking and full on Champions League Final this year with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid playing their hearts out from the first minute.
The stadium was packed out with fans from both sides, and the players all took their game to a new level over the 90 minutes, and into extra time.
In the end, although Atletico had the lead for most of the game, they just didn't have the stamina to defend in extra time and Real Madrid scored three goals to give them a 4-1 win.
The 2014 UEFA Champions League Final was everything a soccer game should be, with action, drama, tension, physicality, and more.
Below are the full match highlights of the 2014 Champions League.
Highlights from the 2014 Champions League Fnal
Match Analysis and Highlights - 2014 Champions League Final
The 2014 Champions League Final in Lisbon Portugal put two teams from the same Spanish city against each other for the most coveted club trophy in Europe.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid squared off in a came that was full throttle for the entire match.
It stated very tense, with Atletico's players giving no space to Real's men and making multiple challenges in the first minutes of the game.
The referee seemed to accept some of the physical play and mostly allowed the game to continue in spite of several challenges that seemed to require a freekick.
It wasn't until the 36th minute that the deadlock was broken, as somewhat surprisingly Atletico's Godin scored a header off of a corner kick rebound.
Real Madrid's keeper tried to come out for the ball, but stopped halfway out when he realized he wouldn't make it in time. Then as the ball sailed over his head the keeper tried scrambling back to the goal, but the ball reached the goal before he could.
The game continued into the second half with inspiring defense from Atletico as Real Madrid made every effort to get an equalizing goal. Ronaldo had some heading opportunities that wen't wide, and Gareth Bale had a trio of chances that all missed the target.
The rough challenges continued, and more than a few were missed by the center official. In the 85th minute Real's Marcelo, who was a subbed on, made a heading effort a few yards away from the Atletico goal, only to get a kick to the face that wen't completely unnoticed.
As the 2014 Champions League Final stretched into injury time, it appeared that Atletico might have just done the unthinkable in winning the Spanish league and Champions League in one season.
But Real's Ramos made a spectacular header off a corner that nestled into the back of the net in the 93rd minute and pushed the game into overtime.
The drama after this goal was seen in every face in the stadium as Real Madrid was sparked back to life, and Atletico faced 30 more minutes of desperate defending. They just didn't seem to have the energy for it after a valiant 90 minutes already played.
In the 110th minute Di Maria made a magical weaving run into Atletico's penalty area and blasted a shot that deflected off the keeper, but was then headed in by Gareth Bale giving Real Madrid the lead.
Real Madrid's team celebrated wildly with this go ahead goal and Bale's three misses from earlier in the game were instantly forgotten.
One could see that Atletico's players just didn't have any energy left, as much as they tried. Marcelo scored again for Real in the 118th minute with a powerful shot from 18 yards out, and Ronaldo finished the scoring with a penalty after being tripped in the box.
It was a fiery, and exhausting Champions League final for the players, and even for all the fans watching. Atletico Madrid gave it their full effort, but just couldn't withstand the talent and attacking power of Real Madrid.
The final score was Real Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid 1.
This is the 10th time Real Madrid has won the Champions League.
2014 UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is the biggest club competition in the world. It is a year long tournament stretching from fall of 2013, with qualification occurring the year before.
The 2013/2014 tournament culminated on May 25th, 2014 in Lisbon where Atletico Madrid played Real Madrid in a single game to determine the winner.
It has been an exciting season as many great match ups occurred, and major teams were knocked out one by one until there were only two. Atletico Madrid had to beat both Chelsea and Barcelona on the way to the final, while Real Madrid beat the likes of Dortmund, and last years winner, Bayern Munich.
In this years final we saw a clash between two clubs from the same city in Spain - Madrid. It is impressive that both teams are from Spain, but the fact that both are from the same city is incredible.
Real Madrid reaching the 2014 Champions League Final is no surprise, although it has been many years since they last were in a final (14 to be exact). But Atletico is certainly the surprise and underdog for the game.
Atletico has had an amazing season, beating out both Real Madrid and Barcelona for the Spanish League title. Unfortunately they didn't have enough gas in the tank to win the 2014 Champions League Final.
Let's get into the match analysis for the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.
The 2014 Final
A Look Back at the 2013 Final
In 2013, Bayern Munich faced off with fellow German side Dortmund in an epic clash of two German soccer powerhouses.
Obviously Bayern were the favorites to win the game, and win they did but by only one goal, with a 2-1 final score.
It was a thrilling match held at Wembley stadium in England.
You can read the full match analysis of the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final by following the link.
Predictions for the 2014 Champions League Final
The 2014 UEFA Champions League Final is likely to be an exciting and action packed game with two teams that both know how much is on the line, and desperately want some hardware.
Real Madrid had a moderately disappointing season, finishing third in the Spanish league. But a win in the Champions League Final could make all the bad memories from this last season melt away.
Atletico Madrid are having one of their best seasons ever, finishing in first in the Spanish league, ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid - which is no easy feat!
The 2014 Champions League Title would be an incredible icing on an amazing cake for Atletico.
Predictions for the 2014 Final:
Atletico Madrid are going into this game on a big high after wining the Spanish League. But they may well be missing their best player in Diego Costa who was injured. If they don't have him, it will be a tougher challenge.
Real Madrid finidhed third in the league, but won the Copa Del Ray and will want the 2014 Champions League trophy. They also have the players to do it.
With a lineup that includes two of the most expensive players in the world in Ronaldo and Bale, and with many more stars like Benzema, Isco, they are the favored team.
It will be a tight battle, as both of these teams know the other after multiple games this season, and the coaches strategies may play a big part, but in the end Real Madrid will be victorious by 2 goals to 0 for Atletico.
In the end, Real Madrid did win, but 4 goals to 1.
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2014 Highlights and Match Analysis Champions League FInal
Full match highlights of the 2014 UEFA Champions League can be seen in the video above if you missed it, along with analysis of the match and goals.
You can also take a look back at the 2013/2014 Champions League Group Stage results to see how the teams progressed to this point.
The 2014 UEFA Champions League was an action packed game that captivated fans around the world and lived up to the hype. Real Madrid walked away winners this year, but it seems likely Atletico Madrid will come back next year hungrier than ever.
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