This was the finals of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid CF enjoyed a struggling season in La Liga BBVA in 2013-14, finishing 3rd below Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona. Atletico Madrid came into this match as the favourites, this was their best year ever in franchise history probably, after carrying on players to higher levels in Europe, Atletico enjoyed a season where they finally finished first in almost a decade. Atletico gave themselves the expectations for a Champions League title.
Diego Costa and David Villa led Atletico Madrid in the strikeforce, while Koke, Gabi and Tiago Mendes led the white-reds on the midfield and Diego Godin led the team's defence. Thibault Courtois was on loan for the season from Chelsea FC, letting himself settle for one more season. Diego Simeone was voted Spanish coach of the season, so Atletico had the expectation of a UEFA Champions League.
As for Real Madrid, their top rated player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was in terrible form for the UEFA Champions League finals, missing 9 games in La Liga BBVA due to a knee injury. Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria were coming off disappointing seasons during their third place finish while Sergio Ramos and Pepe failed to protect Iker Casillas defend the goal.
At the start of this match, Atletico's most valuable striker, Diego Costa left the game after just 9 minutes with an ankle injury. Adrian Lopez took the Brazilian-Spaniard's spot. Luckily for Atletico, they opened the scoring off a corner by Gabi, with Uruguayan centre-back Diego Godin putting the header away past Iker Casillas and Marcelo da Silva Junior.
There was no score from the rest of the game, with Angel Di Maria winning several corner kicks off great crosses on the left wing. However, there was 3 minutes of injury time left before Atletico Madrid put the game away. Luckily for Real, their top-rated centre back, Sergio Ramos Garcia, put away a clever header past Thibault Courtois from Luca Modric's corner. The score was level at 1 goals apiece. Diego Simeone was very upset with the effort from Real Madrid's attack and the referee's officiating.
There was no score for the first half of extra time, but in the second 15 minutes, Alvaro Morata's kick was stopped by Courtois but Gareth Bale turned in the left footed volley into the Atletico goal and Simeone lost his temper. Moments later, Angel Di Maria fed the ball to Marcelo, who ran down the field and launched a hard left footed low drive past Thibault Courtois to close the game for good. Diego Godin meaninglessly received a yellow card for tripping Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty spot. The Dutch referee gave the penalty, with the Portuguese genius put the ball away without a problem. Simeone lost his cool and punched the referee, knowing his send off was acceptable.
Angel Di Maria was named Man Of The Match for his momentum building to Real Madrid after Godin's opening goal. He also played a huge role for Real Madrid, which he helped Real score the 3 extra time goals. Real were crowned champions for the 10th time.