Real Madrid demolished Dortmund 2-0 to win his 15th UEFA trophy

Photo of Real Madrid 15th UEFA Champions League trophy win over Dortmund.

Real Madrid showcased their unrivaled prowess in European football once again, securing their record-extending 15th UEFA Champions League title with a commanding 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

Few teams have faced Real Madrid in a Champions League final with the same level of determination that Borussia Dortmund exhibited at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. In the end, however, the result was as expected.

Despite enduring immense pressure and defending valiantly for the majority of the match, Real Madrid clinched a record-extending 15th European Cup. Late goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinícius Júnior secured a 2-0 win, crushing Dortmund’s dreams and ensuring Los Blancos departed London victorious.

Throughout the match, Dortmund exhibited incredible tenacity and spirit, holding off wave after wave of Real Madrid’s relentless attacks. The German side’s defense, led by Mats Hummels, showed remarkable resilience, frustrating the Spanish giants for most of the game. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel made several key saves, keeping Dortmund’s hopes alive well into the second half.

It was a particularly tough conclusion for Dortmund defender Ian Maatsen, who unintentionally conceded the corner that led to Carvajal’s header and then gave away possession, resulting in Vinícius’ goal just minutes later.

After a night of intense effort, it was Real Madrid celebrating once again at the full-time whistle in a Champions League final, with fans dressed in white singing praises to their unbeatable team.

Real Madrid has not been defeated in a European Cup final since their 1-0 loss to Liverpool in 1981. This victory extends their streak to nine consecutive final wins over 43 years, bringing their total tally to 15—more than double that of second-placed AC Milan.

Dortmund Laments Missed Chances

The atmosphere in the stadium was notably different ahead of kick-off. The famous ‘Yellow Wall’ was in full voice nearly an hour before the game, transported brick by brick, fan by fan, from Dortmund to Wembley without missing a beat.

Sensing the Dortmund fans were outsinging those of Real Madrid, Vinícius gave an early fist pump towards the supporters in white, eliciting a booming roar from them.

Despite that brief surge, it was the Dortmund fans who dominated the noise in the opening 10 minutes, their relentless, deafening chants filling the gloomy London sky above Wembley Stadium.

Few sights in football are more intimidating than facing Real Madrid in a Champions League final. Yet Dortmund was brave early on. Edin Terzić’s side fearlessly passed the ball out from the back, although a couple of risky passes nearly handed Real possession.

Dortmund’s slick passing created the first real chance of the final, but Julian Brandt got the ball stuck under his feet and skewed his shot horribly wide with only Thibaut Courtois to beat in the box.

That move ignited a flurry of gilt-edged chances for Dortmund. Niclas Füllkrug had a close-range header saved and another effort that hit the post, agonizingly rolling across the goal line. Karim Adeyemi had two glorious one-on-one opportunities but failed to convert either.

Real Madrid Demonstrates Invincibility

Over the years, Real Madrid has shown an uncanny ability to stage improbable comebacks in the Champions League. Defender Nacho once noted that the team had “magic” on European nights like these, but tonight it felt as though a supernatural force was preventing Dortmund from scoring.

The missed chances did not dampen the spirits of the Dortmund fans, with nearly 40,000 of them jumping in unison and shaking Wembley’s foundations. Dortmund dominated the first half, showing no regard for Real’s remarkable record and aura of invincibility in this competition.

The Dortmund players were met with a deafening roar of approval when the referee blew for halftime, while the Real Madrid fans stood in stunned silence, as they had for much of the first half. The team looked shaky defensively and lacked effectiveness in attack, as each offensive maneuver was easily dealt with by Dortmund’s defense.

Real’s struggle in the Champions League was highly unusual, yet there was a prevailing sense that Dortmund would eventually rue their missed opportunities. There were brief moments of hope from Real Madrid early in the second half – Gregor Kobel’s brilliant save denied Toni Kroos’ free-kick – but Dortmund swiftly regained control.

Dortmund continued to dominate in the opening 20 minutes, and Courtois thwarted another excellent chance from Füllkrug. Courtois, who delivered a standout performance in a Champions League final against Liverpool two years ago, once again demonstrated his brilliance after returning from injury just in time for the game.

As anticipated, the inevitable happened. First with Carvajal’s header, and then when Maatsen’s misplaced pass found Bellingham, who assisted Vinícius in chipping the ball over Kobel. Despite dwindling hope in the remaining seconds of stoppage time, and amidst thousands of jubilant Real fans, Dortmund supporters defiantly waved their scarves and continued to sing.

They thought they had finally been granted a moment of celebration when Füllkrug scored, only to have it denied as the goal was ruled offside. “Campeones, campeones olé, olé, olé,” chanted the Real supporters as Carvajal prepared to lift the trophy above his head. It will undoubtedly be a sleepless night for both sets of players and fans, though for vastly different reasons.

As the night concluded, it was clear that Real Madrid’s legacy in European football continues to grow. Their 15th Champions League title cements their status as the most successful club in the competition’s history, setting a benchmark for others to aspire to.

With this victory, Real Madrid not only celebrated their storied past but also looked forward to a future filled with promise and potential. As the champions revel in their success, the football world watches with anticipation, knowing that as long as Los Blancos are in the competition, the pursuit of European glory remains as thrilling as ever.


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