The location was the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, and the occasion was the first UEFA Champions League final played between two teams from the same city: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Thousands of fans who couldn’t score a ticket to Lisbon watched from their respective home stadiums in Madrid. And since Real’s Bernabeu and Atletico’s Vicente Calderon are located just five miles from one another, they probably could hear each others’ chants as if they were at the game:
— Mark Donaldson (@DonaldsonESPN)May 24, 2014
Okay, on to the match.
It started out, well, strange. Diego Costa, Atletico’s hobbled star striker, was subbed off after just nine minutes. And no, nobody could figure out why he started in the first place.
The third-fastest substitution in European Cup final history (Getty Image).
It didn’t seem to matter, at least at first.
Diego Godin — who scored last weekend’s winner against Barcelona to clinch the La Liga title — struck again to give Atletico a 1-0 lead before halftime, profiting from Iker Casillas’ huge error:
It would stay 1-0 for what seemed like an eternity to Real Madrid fans. The 90th minute passed, the game was in stoppage time, and Atletico could already taste their first ever Champions League triumph.
But then, with only 120 seconds left on the clock, Sergio Ramos did THIS:
BOOM! You should probably listen to Gus Johnson’s incredible call for that goal. Pure madness:
Real were level, Atletico were denied the trophy at the death, and Casillas, the man responsible for the first goal, was easily the happiest man on the field:
We were going to extra time, and we needed a hero.
That’s when Gareth Bale paid back every single penny from his $130 million transfer from Spurs last summer:
Gus Johnson, once again, you are the greatest.
Watch the goal again, and again… and a few more times:
It was the first goal ever scored in extra time of a final in the Champions League era. And it wouldn’t be the last.
Suddenly in the mood, Real went on to score twice more — one being a Ronaldo penalty kick — to put the game under wraps. More importantly, this gave Ronaldo a chance to remove his shirt:
And with that full-body flex, Real Madrid were crowned Champions of Europe:
The celebrations spilled over to the media conference room, where Carlo Ancelotti was ambushed by a pack of his rowdy players:
Of course, in Madrid the party was just getting started as well:
Over in Madrid… happy fans making their way to city-centre Cibeles statue to celebrate Real’s Decima European Cup: pic.twitter.com/fwDPYofZq5— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax)May 24, 2014
Though not everyone in the Spanish capital was probably in the mood:
Ah yes, euphoria and heartbreak - the two inherent components to every final. See you next season, Champions League.