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Real Madrid clinch record-extending 15th Champions League crown

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Real Madrid are champions of Europe once more, with the Spanish giants defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the Champions League final.

The Kings of the continent continued their domination of the tournament with a 15th victory.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have had yet another stunning season, adding this prestigious trophy to their LaLiga triumph, in which they finished 10 points ahead of rivals Barcelona.

Despite Dortmund creating the better of the chances in a tense encounter, Real finally broke the deadlock on the night through Daniel Carvajal in the 74th minute, getting onto the end of a corner and directing his header into the bottom corner.

Vinicius Junior calmly added a second goal in the 83rd minute after a huge mistake at the back from Dortmund to secure the win.

Madrid's run to the final started with a flawless performance in the group stage, winning six from six against Napoli, Braga and Union Berlin.

They then battled past Leipzig 2-1 in the last 16, before producing a superb defensive showing against Manchester City in their quarter-final second leg which saw them go through following a penalty shootout.

They overcame another incredibly tough test against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, with former Stoke City striker Joselu bagging two dramatic late goals to see them qualify for the final.

It is the perfect way for legendary midfielder Toni Kroos to say farewell, with the German retiring this summer after Euro 2024. It is his sixth Champions League title overall - his fifth at Madrid to go alongside his one at Bayern Munich.

For Borussia Dortmund, it is a heartbreaking end to what has been an inspiring run in Europe this season.

After initially topping a perilous group with Newcastle, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, Dortmund knocked out PSV, Atletico Madrid and the French champions on their way to the final.

Their league campaign had been far more underwhelming though, with a fifth-place finish in the Bundesliga. However, due to German clubs' performances in Europe, they will still qualify for the Champions League next season.