Ron­aldo, Real re­peat as champs

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - staff and wire re­ports

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo show­cased his en­dur­ing scor­ing qual­i­ties to en­sure Real Madrid be­came the first Cham­pi­ons League holder to re­tain its ti­tle, net­ting twice in beat­ing Ju­ven­tus 4-1 Satur­day at Cardiff, Wales.

Ron­aldo is the first player in the 25 seasons of the Cham­pi­ons League era to score in three fi­nals. His first goal was matched by Mario Mandzu­kic’s ex­quis­ite 27th-minute hook shot but it was the only high point for Ju­ven­tus on a night when the Ital­ian cham­pion was out­classed in its quest for a first Euro­pean ti­tle in 21 years.

Casemiro re­stored the Span­ish cham­pion’s lead in the 61st, Ron­aldo turned in his 600th ca­reer goal at the near post three min­utes later, and Marco Asen­sio wrapped up a recordex­tend­ing 12th ti­tle in the 90th. Real Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane won his sec­ond Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle in 18 months of man­age­ment.

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