One team confronts Real Madrid and their gelled maestro, stays in the battle for 45 minutes – and then falls at the galaticos sword.
We have seen it time and time again.
A purple patch for the men in purple, as has been the case so very often. The night Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 600th goal characterised by two moments of genius from the four-times Ballon d’Or winner. A cherry on top – leapfrogging Lionel Messi to announce himself as the competition’s leading scorer for the fifth season running.
But what really mattered on the night was being part of a Real Madrid side which has now lifted European football’s most coveted silverware three times in four seasons.
For Juventus however, bitter sorrow. Their seventh defeat in nine UEFA Champions League finals.
And rarely have we seen a team capitulate so dramatically as the Italians on a European night. Liverpool 2005 perhaps comes to mind, where AC Milan played the losing role.
1-1 at the break, and a team raring to go – looking like a side ready to break their duck. Buffon and co. had dominated the first half, making their defensive style look easy against a team known for its attacking prowess. In fact, Juventus appeared far more comfortable in their boots, interesting considering the fact that Real Madrid had been here so many times before.
What a difference 15 minutes can make.