Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penaltyGetty Images

Real Madrid have won the European Cup for an 11th time after sealing a pulsating match against Atletico 5-4 on penalties at the San Siro. Los Blancos' all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero on the night, scoring the trophy-clinching penalty after Juanfran had earlier struck the post with the penultimate strike.

Victory for Real is their second Champions League final win against Diego Simeone's men in three years and is the first trophy of Zinedine Zidane's managerial career, having also won the coveted title as a player at Real.

The pre-match favourites started the game the brighter and deservedly took the lead through their inspirational captain Sergio Ramos, who poked the ball home from close range after connecting with Toni Kroos' cross from the left side.

After half-time, however, Atletico - who introduced Yannick Carrasco during the interval - seized control of the match and although Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty shortly after the restart, they final drew level on 79 minutes. Carrasco, 22, produced an eye-catching individual performance after his introduction and deservedly drew his side level with a well-taken volley.

Atletico largely dominated the match thereafter but as both sets of players tired, a match-winning goal appeared to be an increasingly unlikely prospect. And so it was to be decided by the lottery of penalty kicks.

Both sides delivered inch-perfect spot kicks until Juanfran's right-footed effort rebounded off the upright to give Ronaldo the chance to be Real's hero. The Portuguese - who is now a three-time winner of the Champions League - kept his nerve to send Real's fans and players into ecstasy.