Goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Júnior saw Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to win the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League trophy, a 15th victory for the Spanish giants.

Dortmund were dictating play in the opening minutes as they pressured down the right-hand side and enjoyed a corner after only five minutes. Marcel Sabitzer’s set piece led to nothing, however.

The first chance for Los Blancos fell to Fede Valverde on 12 minutes but his effort from the edge of the area flew well over the bar.

Just a few minutes later Julian Brandt galloped into the Madrid area but his side-footed effort went just wide of the far post.

Dortmund had a gilt-edged chance to take the lead on 22 minutes as Karim Adeyemi went through on goal but the forward rounded Thibaut Courtois and couldn’t find the finish.

Niklas Füllkrug then hit the post after he was laid in by Ian Maatsen.

Courtois was called into action once again just before the break as Sabitzer’s long-range effort was tipped around the post.

Into the second half and the Spanish side flew out of the blocks as Toni Kroos’ free kick was saved expertly by Gregor Kobel.

Courtois remained alert just before the hour mark as the Belgian had to palm away a Füllkrug header that was going towards his left-hand post.

Jude Bellingham had been quiet up to this point and the Englishman had his first effort of the game with 20 minutes to go as his glancing header just went wide.

It was Dani Carvajal who eventually broke the deadlock with 15 minutes to go as his near post header beat Kobel and nestled in the far corner.

Real Madrid then doubled their lead on 83 minutes as Vinicius Junior found space inside the area and finished coolly.

Dortmund thought they had pulled one back late on as Füllkrug headed past Courtois, but the celebrated were quickly muted thanks to an offside flag.

And that’s how the game stayed as Real Madrid claimed their record-stretching 15th European title.

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