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  Wednesday, 15 May, 2002, 22:03 GMT 23:03 UK
Real crowned champions of Europe
Real celebrate their ninth Champions League victory
Real celebrate their ninth Champions League victory
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane scored a goal of sheer brilliance as Real Madrid ended their centenary season by winning their ninth European Cup.

The Spanish giants had wrestled the early initiative when Raul scored after nine minutes, but Bayer Leverkusen quickly bounced back with Lucio's equaliser.

However, the momentum swung decisively with Zidane's goal on the stroke of half time.

And Real dominated an unspectacular second half in which Leverkusen failed to create any meaningful chances until the very end.

In the seventh minute of injury time Madrid's substitute goalkeeper Iker Casillas made three spectactular saves to prevent Leverkusen from taking the match into extra time.

For the German team, a season that promised so much ends heartbreakingly trophyless.

After finishing second in the Bundesliga and losing the German Cup final, Klaus Toppmoller's team knew that their last chance of glory required them to beat a team oozing quality.

Unfortunately for the plucky Germans their 'Neverkusen' tag remains unbearably relevant.

  Key moments
9 mins: Raul scores for Real
14 mins: Lucio equalises
45 mins: Zidane scores for Real

Real had started the match odds-on to win and their early goal seemed to justify their status as favourites.

Raul reacted fastest to an angled long throw from close to the half-way line by Roberto Carlos and placed the ball across Bayer keeper Hans-Joerg Butt.

Lucio had failed to track Raul's run and Butt's attempt to save the Real striker's moderately struck shot was extremely poor.

Overawed

The goal was Raul's 34th in the Champions League - an all-time record for the competition.

Initially Leverkusen had appeared overawed by both the occasion and the stature of their opponents.

But Toppmoller's team hauled themselves back into the contest.

Bernd Schneider whipped in a free kick from the left-hand side and Lucio rose above the Real defence to head the ball past goalkeeper Cesar.


I'm very happy and I dedicate this win to the fans
Zinedine Zidane

The Brazilian defender charged away to celebrate and revealed a vest under his shirt emblazoned with the logo 'Jesus Loves You'.

The game then entered a scrappy phase - characterised by sloppy play and a seeming willingness to squander possession.

But on the stroke of half time Real regained the initiative thanks to a stunning goal from Zidane.

Santiago Solari played a ball down the left, which Carlos hooked into the penalty area on the half-volley.

Zidane - absent throughout most of the half - smashed the ball home from the edge of the area with a sumptuous left-foot volley of exquisite timing and technique.

Zidane volleys a breathtaking goal after 45 minutes
Zidane volleys a breathtaking goal after 45 minutes

Madrid began the second half confidently, with Raul and Zidane in particular crafting openings with fluid passing and movement.

But Luis Figo - sluggish throughout - was substituted for Steve McManaman after 61 minutes.

Morientes shot wide after 81 minutes for Real while Michael Ballack and Berbatov shot over for Bayer.

But as the match wore on Bayer committed more men forward and came close to scoring.

Referee Urs Meier played seven minutes of injury time and Bayer created several good chances.

Real substitute goalkeeper Casillas - on for the injured Cesar - twice denied Carsten Ramelow with brilliant last-gasp saves.

In a franctic finale Bayer keeper Butt also went close as he pushed upfield and narrowly missed with a header.


Bayer Leverkusen: Butt, Zivkovic, Lucio (Babic 90), Placente, Basturk, Ballack, Schneider, Sebescen (Kirsten 65), Ramelow, Neuville, Brdaric (Berbatov 38). Subs Not Used: Juric, Vranjes, Dzaka, Kleine.

Real Madrid: Cesar (Casillas 68), Salgado, Carlos, Hierro, Zidane, Helguera, Solari, Makelele (Flavio 73), Raul, Morientes, Figo (McManaman 61). Subs Not Used: Guti, Karanka, Munitis, Pavsn.

Booked: Salgado, Carlos.

Attendance: 52,000

Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland).

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