Real Madrid Beats Borussia Dortmund to Lift its 15th UCL Trophy

Jude Bellingham with Real Madrid after the UEFA Champions League, London, UK in June 2024
Jude Bellingham with Real Madrid after the UEFA Champions League, London, UK in June 2024. Photo by Paul Currie/Shutterstock (14516316hs)

Real Madrid won the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League after beating Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund in the finals on Saturday night thanks to late goals by Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior.

This was the 15th UCL trophy for Real Madrid and the fifth for their head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, both records by a significant margin. AC Milan is the team with the second-most UEFA Champions League wins with seven, while Bob Paisley, Zinedine Zidane, and Pep Guardiola tied for second behind Ancelotti with three UCL trophies.

While the final result makes it look easy for Real, it was all but that. Despite being heavy underdogs, Borussia delivered a spirited performance and was the better team in the first half. Several of Dortmund’s players had huge chances to open the scoring, including striker Niclas Fullkrug, who hit the post in the 25th minute.

After surviving the first half, Real bounced back in the second period and punished Borussia for their misses. Carvajal scored a header in 74th minute after a corner kick by Toni Kross while Vinicius Junior made it 2:0 in 83rd after a sloppy mistake by Borussia’s defense.

“It seems quite normal but it’s not normal, it’s something special to be able to win for this club six Champions Leagues in 10 years because, as what happened tonight, it’s difficult. Dortmund played really well, they were strong and better than us in the first half,” Ancelotti said after the game.

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