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Gareth Bale's Real Madrid create history in Cardiff

It's the third time Gareth Bale has been part of the team to win the Champions League title. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images

Wales and Real Madrid's' Gareth Bale has won his third Champions League title in his home city of Cardiff.

Los Blancos won their 12th continental title and became the first side to retain their crown after beating Juventus 4-1 at the National Stadium of Wales.

Bale becomes the sixth man to be crowned a European champion in his home city, with former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney the only previous British player to do so at Wembley in 1968.

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Juventus started the brighter and Mario Mandzukic's overhead kick will live long in the memory, but Cristiano Ronaldo's brace along with efforts from Casemiro and Marco Asensio left Real celebrating a comfortable 4-1 win.

Juventus conceded more in Cardiff than the rest of their continental run combined, seeing them slump to a fifth straight final defeat as Madrid became the first side in the Champions League era to retain the trophy.

It was a chastening end to a night the Bianconeri had started superbly.

After Ronaldo opened the scoring by turning home Real's first shot on goal, Mandzukic scored a sublime overhead kick - surely one of the greatest ever goals ever to grace this stage.

But Juventus' dreams of a first Champions League title in 21 years ended in heartbreak as Madrid upped the ante, regaining their lead as Casemiro's 30-yard drive flew home via a deflection.

Matters were quickly compounded as Ronaldo turned home at the near post to take his goal tally for club and country to 600.

Gareth Bale came on late in his hometown final and soon saw Real captain Sergio Ramos' theatrical reaction earning substitute Juan Cuadrado a second booking, with Asensio compounding matters at the death.

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