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  • Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the

  • net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, w

  • ith Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league

  • match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into i

  • rrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.

  • Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final betweenCarlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press

  • conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with

  • his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the b

  • all over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same d

  • ouble-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do

  • in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especiall

  • y as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly biz

  • arre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explo

  • sive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atl

  • etico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.

  • But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the

  • defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff.

  • Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.

  • Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashion. Pouncing on a loose ball at midfield coughed up by Tiago, the Welshman had keeper Thibaut Courtois fully committed and all the net to shoot at. He didnt come close, missing wide to the left, and was left with his head in his hands on the turf.But if the vaunted BBC combination couldnt catch fire, it was Atletico who seemed to suffer the more grievous blow early on. Simeone gambled that Diego Costa could make a miracle recovery from a hamstring tear -- a gamble that backfired spectacularly when the striker had to be yanked for Adrian after only nine minutes.Yet Atletico, if anything, seemed to grow stronger despite Costas loss, especially as the half ground on, and the play became chippier. Real Madrid had few answers in midfield for Gabi and Koke, and when Adrian and David Villa started to get on the ball, they left Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira very frustrated indeed. And Adrian? He started to look like the $100 million man, relentless and predatory.

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    Review the best images from the Champions League final between Real Madrid vs. Atletico.When Godin, Atleticos La Liga hero last weekend, scored the opener on a truly bizarre play, Ancelotti must have been wondering why he kept faith with Iker Casillas for the match. Casillas has not been the league starter for Real all season and he showed why with a bad gaffe.Off a corner lofted in by Gabi, the ball was slapped back out by Sergio Ramos, with Casillas chasing the play. That was a mistake; Juanfran simply lofted the ball over forcing the keeper to backheel in desperation, and Godin outjumped the defender to head it home. Casillas got a mitt to it as it just nicked the line, but he could only palm it onto the boots of the onrushing Godin. In any case, the goal had been given. It was a dreadful error from the veteran -- and more proof that his time at the top may be up.If the first half had been tough on Real, the back half of the game became explosive Ateltico became increasingly ragged. First, Ronaldo had a free kick that seemed to take a slight nick off the top of the wall brilliantly stopped by Courtois, only to see the ensuing corner kick set up for a header. It went wide.Marcelo and Isco were thrown on as Ancelotti tried to replicate the last league match contested between the two teams -- a 2-2 draw made possible by that same double-sub. It proved to be a game-changer as Isco took the match by the scruff. Atletico were pressed back, back, back, but Real continued to squander chances. Bale was in twice, and twice he snapped his shots wide. Godin, able at both ends, denied Isco with a brilliant steal with ten to play to preserve the lead.Carlo Ancelotti, had warned this Champions League coup would not be won by individuals at a press conference on Friday. He was wrong: his galacticos swarmed Atletico late and changed the tone here, with Bale supplying a magnificent capper.The opening half saw Atleti in control, ably choking off Reals line of supply and a hobbled Cristiano Ronaldo staying too far back to influence much of the play. With Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis harrying Angel di Maria and Bale into irrelevance, Luka Modric was left to chase the play, which he was only able to do in fits and starts.Bale actually looked like a bust for a time, muffing the best chance of the first half for Real in epic fashio