Six years after the tenth Real Madrid Champions League, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos recall the gestation of the goal in the 93rd minute, which led to extra time, in the Lisbon final against Atlético de Madrid, and to victory after goals from Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano.
Ramos’ 93rd minute is the history of Real Madrid and the Champions League.
This is how the author of the goal remembers that night on the club’s website: “With one word, I would say historical. Historical and magical because Madrid is a magical world and we are very fortunate to belong to it,” he said.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Lisbon is the trophy, the Champions League, after so many years of fighting to be able to enjoy that final first and after being able to win it. You remember all your family and the sacrifice and effort it has cost you for many years. It is the beauty of football, the reward of being able to raise a Champions League and add it to your resume, “added Ramos.
For the center, “the fight to the end” is in “the DNA of Real Madrid. As long as there is a possibility, there is a minute or a second I have always been aware that it could be done”.
The memory of the execution of the goal remains indelible in the memory of the Madrid captain. “It is true that in the end it is a great auction, especially for the execution, the jump, the distance, the goalkeeper Thibaut, who covers a lot of goal. I think that there was only that corner where the ball could enter,” he explained.
“It was a good Modric center, I get into the second post because it is where there are more players and I can block myself with some movement. I have the mark of Godín, they were Bale, Cristiano … I make a feint towards the second post and I get Inside. In those tenths of a second, with so much player and so much fuss, Godín doesn’t have time to get there because he won the position, “he adds.
“That meter allows me to advance alone bordering the penalty spot and head practically only with a perfect execution in the 93rd minute that gave us the tie to go into overtime,” he continued.
Modric was the other protagonist when serving the ball for the Ramos header. “I was very calm, with the conviction that we were going to score a goal. Sergio was in a good place, he positioned himself very well and, then, how he put it is history. It was incredible,” he assured.
“We had practiced this corner a lot during the season. We also put it in previous games such as the Champions League against Bayern and some League games. It was important to put a good ball where I put it, but then Sergio made a good move and the auction was perfect “, concluded Luka Modric.
Later, in overtime came the goals of Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo to end up winning 4-1, winning the Tenth, and starting a legendary cycle of four Champions Leagues in five years.