Fi­nal, 2013-14

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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.

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