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Real Madrid lift 11th UEFA Champions League title in Milan

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties in the Champions League final in Milan.

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy for the 'Los Blancos' after a win on penalties against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan. This is Real Madrid's 11th European crown - the most for any football club in Europe at the grandest stage. (Source: Reuters)

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Sergio Ramos himself gave Real Madrid the lead in the 15th minute. From a free kick, Gareth Bale flicked a header on to Ramos' path and the defender got the deftest of touches to beat Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak. There were hints of Ramos being offside. (Source: Reuters)

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The two teams went into half-time with Real Madrid leading 1-0 but it was Atletico Madrid who came out stronger after the break. Pepe brought down Fernando Torres in the penalty box to give Atletico a chance to equalise. French striker Antoine Griezmann stepped up but his left-footed penalty hit the underside of the crossbar and came out for a no goal. Real continued to lead at the 48th minute mark. (Source: Reuters)

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Atletico Madrid did finally equalise in the 79th minute after a beautiful cross by Juanfran found Yannick Carrasco in the centre of the box to slot home. The move was started by a Koke chip and Juanfran found the space to play in a dangerous cross that levelled things in Milan. (Source: Reuters)

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After no winner in 90 minutes and in the additional 30 minutes of extra time, the game went to penalties. After seven successful penalties and Real leading 4-3, Juanfran missed as he tried to find the corner but hit the post instead. This gave Real Madrid the chance to close the tie out if they converted the next penalty. (Source: AP)

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With a final penalty to bury to win the title, the onus lay on Real Madrid and Portugal's best spot kick taker - Cristiano Ronaldo. And he didn't disappoint. Ronaldo went to the left of Oblak and tore his jersey in celebration. (Source: Reuters)

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Sergio Ramos poses as a Spanish matador or a 'torero' as it is called in Spanish culture. It involves using a flag to call the bull during bullfighting and is customary in celebrations. (Source: Reuters)

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Real Madrid's win meant there were tears and dejection for the other side - Atletico Madrid. Fernando Torres, a lifelong Atletico Madrid fan, was in tears at the end of the game. (Source: Reuters)

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Atletico Madrid players fell to the ground after Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty went in. Atletico Madrid have now come to two finals in last three years and lost both - both to Real Madrid. (Source: Reuters)

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While there were tears for Atletico Madrid players, there were celebrations all around in Real Madrid camp. Madrid players gave manager Zinedine Zidane the bumps after the win. Zizou has now won the Champions League as a player, an assistant manager and a manager. (Source: Reuters)

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Amongst the celebrations was actor Richard Gere who held the Champions League trophy and interacted with Real Madrid players after the win. (Source: Reuters)

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The win brought out Real Madrid fans to their designated celebration spot - Plaza de Cibeles. Fans thronged in thousands with Real Madrid players joining later in celebrations. The open-bus celebrations continued till early part of the morning. (Source: Reuters)

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With Real Madrid fans wearing the club colours, players celebrated on the open top bus and at the end, Sergio Ramos, the club captain, tied a Real Madrid scarf around Cybele fountain - as is customary for the club and its celebrations. (Source: Reuters)