Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1, to become the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals, to cap off an incredible run where he has won two consecutive Champions League titles, a Ballon D’or, and the European Championship with Portugal. Juventus had been defensively stout during their whole run to the Champions League final, but they were eventually undone by Real Madrid. Juventus will have to feel unlucky, as two of Real Madrid’s goals came off of deflections, but as the saying goes, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. With this win Real Madrid has won the Champions League three out of the last four years.
Breaking news as Cheick Tiote, Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder, has been reported as having died tragically over the weekend after collapsing during training with his club team in China. He was only 30 years old. The soccer world poured in tributes as sadly another young life was cut short.
Team USA drew with Venezuela 1-1 on Saturday night, giving up a goal in the first half, and coming back to tie with a Christian Pulisic goal in the second half. The U.S. wasn’t able to generate all that many chances, and in a worrying trend, the U.S. again gave up a goal on a set piece. Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC talks about what the U.S. needs to do going forward.
Zinedine Zidane has now won two champions league titles early into his coaching career, and he has been an revelation for Madrid fans. Zidane leads through professionalism and motivation, and his aura of positivity and happiness is a contrast to recent Madrid managers like Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini. Zidane’s ability to convince Ronaldo to rest more than usual, inspire players on their way out, like Pepe, to still perform, and integrate young players like Marco Asensio, has transformed Madrid and has them on top of the soccer world at the moment.
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