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Real Madrid players celebrate at the end of the Champions League soccer final between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Real won the match 4-1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Real Madrid became the first soccer team to repeat as UEFA Champions League winners


Spanish champions Real Madrid have become the first team in the Champions League era to repeat as tournament winners. The Spanish team beat Italian challengers Juventus 4-1 in a game that had been largely competitive until the last 30 minutes of the match. 

Madrid won the Champions League last year, defeating Atlético Madrid on penalties in Milan, Italy. 

WATCH | Highlights of Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus

Famed Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 20th minute with a nice and easy finish into the bottom right corner of the Juventus goal following a cross from right back Daniel Carvajal.  

But Juventus found a way back into contention with what will go down as one of the greatest Champions League goals ever. Juventus left back Alex Sandro volleyed a long pass into the box to Gonzalo Higuaín, who controlled the pass with his chest and tapped the ball to Mario Manduki, who bicycle kicked the ball into the net.

That goal, however, would be Juventus' only of the night. Which was a problem, given that Real Madrid pumped in three more. 

In the 61st minute, Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro scored a long-range, deflected shot that put the defending champions up 2-1, forcing the floodgates open for another Ronaldo goal in the 64th minute. This time, midfielder Luka Modri cut a tight cross back into the box, right in the path of a surging Ronaldo, who popped the ball into the net. 

The Italians' night would go from bad to worse, as Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. Playing with ten men against the defending champions was always going to be a huge challenge, and Real Madrid certainly capitalized on the situation.

In the 90th minute, Brazilian left back Marcelo cut a cross back at the edge of the box for Marco Asensio, who scored an easy tap in bringing the score to 4-1. 

The rest, quite literally, was history. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the MVP of the game. 

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