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first_imgYesterday’s game started with Real Madrid applying the early pressure by taking advantage of their aerial prowess. Within ten minutes, Atletico keeper Jan Oblak was called upon to save off the line with his left foot. On fifteen minutes, Real drew first blood via a set piece. Toni Kroos floated in a free kick which was nodded on by Gareth Bale before Sergio Ramos scrambled in from close range.The goal was deserved despite suspicions of offside from Ramos. Replays also cast doubts on who scored the goal with no visible touch from Ramos but Real could care less.However Atletico got a foothold as the game progressed and by the half hour mark were the more dominant team. Against all expectations, Atletico – who got to the final averaging 30 per cent possession in their previous four matches – bossed possession as Real were content to sit back, soak up pressure and counterattack.The second half started with Atletico manager Diego Simeone using one of his trump cards by throwing on Belgian winger, Yannick Carrasco, in place of defensive midfielder Augusto Fernandez. The substitution paid immediate dividends as Atletico started the second half on the front foot and within three minutes, Fernando Torres conned Real’s Pepe into conceding a penalty.However, Atletico’s standout player of the season, Frenchman Antoine Greizmann, thumped the spot kick against the crossbar to the relief of Real fans at the 70,000-capacity San Siro stadium.Not long after, missed Stefan Savic somehow missing the target from six yards after Diego Godin and Griezmann had kept a corner alive.Real should have made sure of victory when Benzema was thwarted by Oblak after Luka Modric had impressively sent him through on goal.They came even closer when the otherwise quiet Ronaldo was denied by Oblak twice in quick succession, with Bale’s goal-bound attempt from the rebound cleared off the line by Savic.Atletico kept pressing on though and with ten minutes left of normal time, Carrasco finished off a smooth Atletico move by converting Juanfran’s cross.Extra time followed, with Atletico keeping the ball better but Real looking very threatening on the break. Thirty minutes of extra time couldn’t separate the two teams, so it was down to the lottery of penalties to decide of Real won their eleventh European trophy or Atletico their first.Real chose to play first and Lucas Vazquez, Marcelo, Bale and Ramos were successful, while Greizmann, Saul NIguez and Gabi all converted for Atletico before Juanfran’s miss handed Ronaldo the chance to win it for Real with the final penalty.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Demola OjoReal Madrid on Saturday confirmed their status as aristocrats of the European game by winning their 11th European Cup/Champions League, defeating city rivals Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties after normal time and extra time finished a goal apiece in Milan.Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty after Atletico’s Juanfran hit the post with his team’s fourth spot kick. It was Madrid’s second title in three years after beating the same opponents 4-1 in the 2014 final in Lisbon.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2020 NCAA Tournament is finally here, and what fun is March Madness without a bracket? Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Sporting News has every type of college basketball fan covered with our 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket in printable, PDF form, complete with the full field of 68. Download it, print it, fill it out, trash talk your co-workers. This year’s tournament schedule begins with the First Four on March 17 in Dayton, Ohio. The Big Dance ramps up with the first and second rounds March 19-22 and concludes with the Final Four and national championship games April 4-6 in Atlanta.In addition to the printable bracket below, you’ll also find tips and tools to help you fill it out, including picks and analysis from SN’s expert writers.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedulePrintable NCAA Tournament bracket 2020Download Sporting News’ printable NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) by clicking the image above. The bracket is blank for now, but will be updated shortly after the March Madness selection committee releases the field of 68 teams on Sunday, March 15.March Madness bracket tips from SN’s expertsSo you’ve printed a bracket. Need a hand filling it out? Sporting News’ staff of college basketball experts will fill out their own brackets on Selection Sunday, sharing the method to their madness. In the meantime, here’s a list of tools you can use to win your office pool.SN’s latest field of 68 projections: Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan predicts the entire March Madness bracket, including the No. 1 seeds, first four out and more.An idiot’s guide to filling out your NCAA bracket: It might seem like obvious advice, but we’re here to remind you what not to do.NET rankings 101: Here’s what you need to know about the metric the NCAA’s selection committee uses to choose the field of 68.Play the odds when picking Final Four, national champs: Don’t get cute. Your Final Four should include a lot of chalk.2020 March Madness schedule & resultsThe 2020 NCAA Tournament begins March 17-18 with the First Four play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. The first and second rounds will be held across eight different sites from March 19-22 followed by the Sweet 16 (March 26-27) and Elite Eight (March 28-29) a week later. This year’s Final Four, held in Atlanta, will take place April 4-6. RoundSiteDatesFirst FourDayton, OhioMarch 17-18First/Second roundsAlbany, N.Y.March 19, 21First/Second roundsSpokane, Wa.March 19, 21First/Second roundsSt. LouisMarch 19, 21First/Second roundsTampa, Fla.March 19, 21First/Second roundsGreensboro, N.C.March 20, 22First/Second roundsOmaha, Neb.March 20, 22First/Second roundsSacramento, Calif.March 20, 22First/Second roundsClevelandMarch 20, 22South RegionalHoustonMarch 27, 29West RegionalLos AngelesMarch 26, 28East RegionalNew YorkMarch 27, 29Midwest RegionalIndianapolisMarch 26, 28Final FourAtlantaApril 4National championshipAtlantaApril 6More NCAA Tournament news from Sporting NewsWhat if Kenyon Martin didn’t break his leg?: Twenty years later, Cincinnati basketball fans are still left to wonder what might have been.35 best teams that didn’t win the NCAA Tournament: Sporting News picks teams from the past three decades that didn’t deliver a title. Which was the best? March Madness Cinderella players we’ll never forget: Stephen Curry is among the greatest Cinderella players in March Madness history, but he’s not No. 1 on our list.Most hated college basketball players of all time: Sporting News looks at the most-hated college hoops players of all time. Don’t worry, there is a lot of Duke on this list.10 best schools without Final Four appearance: Who are the best schools that haven’t made a Final Four since the 64-team era began in 1984-85? Best college players who never made the NCAA Tournament: Say hello to Ben Simmons, Noah Vonleh, Nerlens Noel, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and others who watched March Madness on TV. It’s quite a list.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.last_img read more