REAL MADRID 4 ATLETICO MADRID 1
If ever a contest came to define the destinies of two participants, then it was the 1974 European Cup Final. When Bayern Munich equalised with the last kick of the game – winning a replay two days later 4-0 – they went on to retain the trophy twice and become a European superpower. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, became el Pupas, “the jinxed one”, doomed forever to be the bridesmaids. Diego Simeone’s men may have just won the La Liga title for the first time since 1996 and taken four points from six against their city rivals Real domestically, but the hangover from a 14-year winless streak (ended only the season earlier) over Los Blancos remained. Diego Costa lasted only eight minutes – having failed to recover from a hamstring injury picked up in Atletico’s title-winning draw against Barcelona the weekend before – but Los Colchoneros were the epitome of a Simeone team, Diego Godin opening the scoring, having also netted at the Camp Nou. Heroic in defence, Atletico kept Real at bay until 92 minutes and 48 seconds when Sergio Ramos repeated history to equalise. Shattered and out of substitutes, Atletico were battered in extra time as Real clinched their 10th European Cup with goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo. Because if there had been one thing inexplicably missing from this game, it was CR7 with his top off.