UCL FInal: Vinicius Junior masterclass helps Real Madrid secure 15th European crown

Vinicius Junior

Vinicius Junior was on target as Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Wembley to win the UEFA Champions League for a record-extending 15th time.

Dortmund started the brighter side with Niclas Fullkrug, Karim Adeyemi and Marcel Sabitzer all coming close to finding the back of the net in the first half.

Those chances proved costly as Madrid came alive in the second half and went ahead in the 74th minute when an unmarked Dani Carvajal rose highest to head in a Toni Kroos corner kick.

Vinicius Junior put the game to bed seven minutes to the end of the game with a composed finish after being assisted by Jude Bellingham.

It was the second time the Brazilian found the back of the net in a Champions League final, having done it previously in the 2022 final against Liverpool which Los Blancos won 1-0.

He is now the youngest player in the history of the Champions League to score in two finals at 23 years, 325 days.

Vinicius Junior also took his goal involvement tally in the Champions League knockout stage to 22 goals (11 goals, 11 assists), which is the joint most by any player before turning 24 years of age alongside Lionel Messi.

Madrid’s 15th Champions League title sees them edge further away from the remaining winners with AC Milan the next on the list with seven titles and Bayern Munich and Liverpool with six apiece while Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona have five titles.

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