Real Madrid and Juventus go head to head at the Millennium Stadium tonight in what could be an historic Champions League Final.
European football’s showpiece event is here as Juventus and Real Madrid face off in the Champions League final.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala have descended on Cardiff to play it out for the trophy under the roof of the National Stadium of Wales.
Real are bidding to become the first team to retain their status as European champions with the competition in its current format.
Victory would also mark the third triumph in four seasons, extending their record as the most successful team in European club football history.
Gareth Bale is looking to play his first match in over a month after recovering from injury as he returns to his hometown for the final – but he starts on the bench.
For Juventus, they are looking to be crowned kings of Europe for the first time in over 20 years.
Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
Juventus XI: Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellieni, Bonucci, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain
Juventus 1 – 1 Real Madrid
This comes from the Associated Press on the ground in Cardiff…
The security at the Millennium Stadium received some praise from a few Juventus supporters.
Nicholas Borghi, a 51-year-old bar owner from Milan, said passing through security for the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid was easy.
“In Italy, it’s more difficult because Juventus is very strict. There are a lot of controls,” said Borghi, who was at the match with his friend. “When we go abroad, it’s easier for us.”
Umberto Smiraglia, who was in Cardiff with his nephew, was impressed that things were so smooth considering the recent attack in Manchester.
“Great organization, to be honest,” Smiraglia said. “I expected it to be worse or at least to be tougher because of what happened in Manchester.”
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