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Real Madrid clinch record 15th champions league title with a 2-0 victory over Dortmund

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Real Madrid secured their 15th European crown with a trademark 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at a raucous Wembley on Saturday.

Despite being outplayed for much of the match, Real Madrid’s class shone through in the final stages.

Dortmund dominated the first half, creating several good chances but failing to convert. Real Madrid, however, turned the game around with goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr. in the 74th and 83rd minutes, respectively, much to the delight of their fans.

This victory marked Real Madrid’s sixth Champions League triumph in 11 seasons, reminiscent of the team that began their love affair with the European Cup by winning the first five editions from 1956 and another in 1966.

The win also extended Carlo Ancelotti’s record to five Champions League titles as a coach, adding to the two he won as a player with AC Milan.

The match was typical of Real Madrid’s recent performances: absorbing pressure for an hour before capitalizing on their chances with clinical precision.

Dortmund enjoyed a dream first half in every aspect except scoring. Karim Adeyemi missed an early chance after breaking the offside trap but went too wide when rounding Thibaut Courtois, who made crucial saves to deny Niclas Fuellkrug, Julian Brandt, and Marcel Sabitzer.

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Real Madrid barely created any sustained attacks in the first half but remained composed, confident that their opportunity would come.

The relentless noise from Dortmund fans, recreating the famous “yellow wall” atmosphere of the Westfalenstadion, contrasted with the calm demeanor of Madrid supporters, who have grown accustomed to their team absorbing pressure and striking back.

In the second half, Madrid looked livelier from the start. Dortmund’s keeper Gregor Kobel saved a Toni Kroos free kick, and Carvajal headed just over. However, Dortmund soon regained control, with Courtois making a vital save from Fuellkrug’s diving header.

Madrid opened the scoring against the run of play when Carvajal, standing at 5ft 8in (172cm), rose to head home a Kroos corner.

This assist was a fitting way for Germany international Kroos to mark his final game for the club, while Carvajal, Nacho, and Luka Modric equaled Francisco Gento’s record of six titles from Real’s first era of dominance.

The second goal came when Dortmund lost the ball on the edge of their own box, allowing Jude Bellingham to feed Vinicius Jr., who fired the ball home. Dortmund thought they had pulled one back three minutes from time, but Fuellkrug’s header was ruled out for offside.

Despite their fans’ continued support, it was the same old story for Real Madrid in the Champions League, cementing their status as kings of Europe once again.

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