Real Madrid king of the Europe for the 15th time

Real Madrid triumph at Wembley as they succeed in defeating Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League Final.
Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final. (Photo: AP)
Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for the 15th time at Wembley, with second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr securing a 2-0 victory over a determined Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final. Despite a strong first half from Dortmund, Real Madrid's unique relationship with this competition shone through as they claimed the title.

Dortmund's Early Dominance

The German side hit a post and created two clear chances in the first half, threatening to upset the favorites. Niclas Fullkrug came close, striking the inside of the post and later having a header ruled offside. Despite their efforts, Dortmund couldn't capitalize on their opportunities.

Real Madrid's Second-Half Surge

Toni Kroos, in his final game for the club, set up the opener with a corner for Carvajal to head home with 16 minutes to play. England's Jude Bellingham then assisted Vinicius Jr, who punished a stretched Dortmund side soon after to secure the win.

A Historic Achievement

Real Madrid's victory marks their first unbeaten European campaign, overcoming four comebacks along the way, including a dramatic turnaround against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals and a penalty shootout win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals. This win adds to the remarkable records of Carvajal, Kroos, Nacho, and Luka Modric, each claiming their sixth Champions League title. Coach Carlo Ancelotti celebrates his fifth win as head coach.

Player Reactions

Bellingham: The Best Night of My Life!

Jude Bellingham, speaking to TNT Sports, reflected on his experience:

"I've always dreamt of playing in these games. You go through life with people telling you that you can't do things. Nights like this make you realize it's all worth it. The best night of my life."

Ancelotti: This Season Was 10/10

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti praised his team's performance:

"This season has been 10 out of 10. My players have been spectacular. On Toni Kroos retiring, he said, "He is a legend in this club. All the Real Madrid fans are grateful for what he has done."

Terzic: Real Madrid's Quality is Incredible

Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic acknowledged the challenge of facing Real Madrid: "The momentum turned around and you saw why they are champions. The quality of the opponent is incredible."

Player Ratings

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel (7), Ryerson (7), Hummels (7), Schlotterbeck (6), Maatsen (6), Sabitzer (7), Can (7), Brandt (6), Sancho (7), Fullkrug (8), Adeyemi (7). Subs used: Reus (6), Malen (6), Haller (6), Bynoe-Gittens (N/A)

Real Madrid: Courtois (8), Carvajal (8), Rudiger (7), Nacho (7), Mendy (6), Camavinga (7), Kroos (7), Valverde (6), Bellingham (7), Vinicius Jr (8), Rodrygo (6). Subs used: Joselu (6), Modric (6), Militao (N/A), Vazquez (N/A).

Player of the match: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

 

Match Analysis

Dortmund had their chances in the first half but failed to convert, while Real Madrid grew stronger as the game progressed. Bellingham's near-miss and Vinicius Jr's decisive goal highlighted the shift in momentum. Fullkrug's disallowed goal ended Dortmund's hopes, cementing Real's dominance.

Team News

Real Madrid remained unchanged from their final La Liga game, with Kroos starting his final match for the club. Marco Reus, playing his last game for Dortmund, was benched, with Julian Brandt taking his place in midfield.

Closing Thoughts

Real Madrid's victory at Wembley adds another chapter to their illustrious European history. For Dortmund, it was another near-miss, but they can take pride in their performance and the promise of future success.