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REAL MADRID ruled Europe again last night, Predrag Mijatovic's second-half goal earning them a 1-0 Champions' League final victory over Juventus in Amsterdam.
Yugoslav striker Mijatovic grabbed the 66th-minute winner as the Spanish giants chalked up a record seventh win in European football's most important club competition.
It was Real's first triumph in the tournament since 1966 while Juventus endured the misery of losing in the final for a second successive year.
Mijatovic broke the deadlock with his first Champions' League goal of the season.
Roberto Carlos's shot came off Mark Iuliano and Mijatovic pounced to score with the coollest of finishes, dribbling around Angelo Peruzzi before steering a shot inside the far post.
Juventus began their third successive final in determined fashion and twice went close in the opening minutes.
Didier Deschamps tested German 'keeper Bodo Illgner with a 20-yard drive before Roberto Carlos almost deflected Angelo Di Livio's attempted cross into his own net.
Zinedine Zidane should have given Juventus the lead on 12 minutes. Alessandro Del Piero fired a free-kick against the Realwall and fromthe rebound the Italian played in Zidane on the left only for the Frenchman to blaze wide.
Real hit back when Fernando Ruiz Hierro stung Peruzzi's hands with a rasping 20-yard drive and from the resultant corner Mijatovic headed narrowly wide.
The match was an open contest, with Edgar Davids firing a long-range effort just over the bar. Davids was fortunate to remain on the pitch after a rash challenge on Clarence Seedorf which went unpunished.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||May 22, 2008|
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