Zidane seals Real Madrid's ninth title win

Real Madrid win their ninth Champions Cup title on Wednesday after a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Zinedine Zidane's breathtaking volley in the final minute of the first half fired Real Madrid to its ninth Champions Cup title on Wednesday after a 2-1 victory over stubborn but outclassed Bayer Leverkusen. The French star, who had contributed little in the previous 44 minutes, met a left wing volleyed center from Roberto Carlos and let fly from the edge of the area with a hip-high shot that flew past the goal keeper. Earlier, Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez struck in the ninth minute from a surprise move that came from a long throw by Roberto Carlos and Brazilian defender Lucio headed the leveller in the 14th from a Bernd Schneider free kick. In second half injury time, substitute goalkeeper Iker Casillas made three great saves to foil the Germans. Casillas, who replaced injured Cesar Sanchez in the 67th minutes to go, beat out shots and headers from Yiliray Basturk and Dimitar Berbatov during injury time while Leverkusen goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt joined his outfield players at a series of corners and free kicks and headed just wide. The result meant that Madrid, beaten in the league and Spanish Cup final after being on course for the treble, finally won the biggest prize of all in its centenary year. Leverkusen, which also had been chasing triple success, went home with nothing. Once five points clear, it saw Borussia Dortmund take the Bundesliga title on the final of the season and last Saturday was beaten 4-2 by Schalke in the German Cup final.
Real MadridBayer Leverkusen
Cesar Sanchez (substitute: Iker Casillas 67th)Hans-Joerg Butt
Michel SalgadoLucio (Marco Babic 90th)
Fernando HierroBoris Zivkovic
Santiago SolariZoltan Sebescen (Ulf Kirsten 64th)
Luis Figo (Steve McManaman, 60th)Diego Placente
Claude Makelele (Flavio Conceicao, 72nd)Carsten Ramelow
Ivan HelgueraBernd Schneider
Zinedine ZidaneYiliray Basturk
Roberto CarlosMichael Ballack
Raul GonzalezOliver Neuville
Fernando MorientesThomas Brdadic (Dimitar Berbatov, 38th)
Referee: Urs Meier, Switzerland