Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos, has left Real Madrid feeling bad on many occasions having earned himself the record for most red cards by a professional footballer (46) but on this day in 2014, he brought great joy to Los Blancos and caused great heartbreak for his club’s city rivals, Atletico Madrid, in the final of the Champions League.
In what was the fifth Champions League final to feature teams from the same country and first involving clubs from the same city, Diego Godin put Atletico in front after 36 minutes as he capitalised on Real’s failure to properly clear a corner kick to send a looping header over Iker Casillas.
Atletico were seconds away from winning their first ever Champions League title when Ramos forced the game played at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz to extra time with a 93rd minute header into the bottom corner from a Luka Modric corner kick.
The goal left the Atletico players shattered and after a goalless first period of extra time, Real Madrid romped to a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo with a 120th minute penalty, sealing a 10th European title for a Real side managed by Carlo Ancelotti.
Inspired by Ramos’ stoppage time equaliser, Real’s win over Atletico was the second highest-scoring Champions League final in the tournament’s history, after the famous 3–3 draw between AC Milan and Liverpool in 2005, and provided the second biggest winning margin, behind Milan’s 4–0 win over FC Barcelona back in 1994.
A bad reputation may precede Ramos with his record of red cards, but in that 2014 Champions League final and many subsequent matches, the legendary Spanish defender has time and again brought more joy to Real Madrid fans at the expense of opposition players.
Mourinho enjoys finest hour with Man United
Before it all went down the drain for him at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho enjoyed his finest moment as Manchester United manager after leading the Red Devils to the Europa League title on this day in 2017.
Paul Pogba opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 18th minute when his low left foot shot from just outside the penalty area took a deflection off Davinson Sanchez which wrong footed the goalkeeper before looping over him and into the net.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has helped Arsenal reach the Europa League final this year, got the second goal for the Red Devils three minutes into the second half when, with his back to goal, he flicked the ball into the net from three yards out after the ball had been knocked down to him by Chris Smalling after a corner from the right by Juan Mata.
The 2-0 win over a talented Ajax side maintained Mourinho’s record of never losing a European cup final, and ensured his first season with United ended on a high as he also helped the club win the League Cup final as well as the season-opening Community Shield.
Also on this day in football
Steven Gerrard played his final game as a Liverpool player on this day in 2015, scoring the Reds’ only goal of the game which ended in a humiliating 6-1 demolition at Stoke City on the final day of the Premier League season.
It was a cruel end to a 17-year spell at Anfield for Gerrard, during which he helped the club to one Champions League title, a UEFA Cup title, two FA Cup wins, three League Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.
Still, Gerrard will remain as one of the greatest midfielders to ever star in the Premier League.