Video: Vini Jr jumps into crowd to celebrate with Real Madrid fans

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In a night of high drama and exceptional football, Real Madrid claimed their 15th European title with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. The victory, powered by second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr, underscored Real Madrid’s indomitable presence in European football.

The match began with Borussia Dortmund demonstrating remarkable tenacity and skill, unsettling the Real Madrid defence with a series of potent attacks.

The German side came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock on multiple occasions. Niclas Fullkrug, in particular, was a constant threat. His most notable moment came when he struck the inside of the upright, a testament to Dortmund’s attacking prowess and intent to cause an upset.

Dortmund accumulated 1.68 expected goals in the first half, compared to 0.09 for Real Madrid.

As the second half commenced, Real Madrid emerged with renewed vigour and tactical adjustments that shifted the momentum in their favour. Their rich history in the competition seemed to inspire a more composed and strategic approach.

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior pictured (right) complaining to referee Slavko Vincic during the 2024 UEFA Champions League final.

Real Madrid rally in the second half to defeat Borussia Dortmund

The breakthrough came in the 74th minute from a well-executed set-piece. Toni Kroos, in his final appearance for Real Madrid, delivered a precise corner into the heart of the Dortmund penalty area. Dani Carvajal, demonstrating excellent timing and positioning, rose above the defense to head the ball into the net, giving Real Madrid a crucial lead.

It was a fitting contribution from Kroos, whose playmaking prowess has been instrumental for Los Blancos over the years.

With Dortmund now chasing the game, spaces began to open up for Real Madrid’s quick counter-attacks. Jude Bellingham, facing his former club, showcased his maturity and vision. In the 80th minute, he delivered a perfectly weighted pass to Vinicius Jr. The Brazilian forward, known for his pace and finishing, calmly slotted the ball past the Dortmund goalkeeper, effectively sealing the victory for Real Madrid.

The final whistle triggered jubilant celebrations among the Real Madrid players and their supporters. The 2-0 victory at Wembley not only secured their 15th European title but also highlighted their unparalleled legacy in the competition. For Toni Kroos, it was a perfect send-off, adding another chapter to his illustrious career.

Real Madrid’s latest triumph cements their status as the kings of European football, with their unique relationship with the UEFA Champions League once again proving decisive.

Borussia Dortmund, despite their brave effort and impressive performance, were left to reflect on what might have been. Yet, their journey to the final and the challenge they posed to Real Madrid will be remembered as a testament to their resilience.

Vinicius Jr celebrates with Real Madrid fans

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