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Real win UCL through defensive resolve

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Atletico Madrid's Juanfran pens emotional letter to fans

A selection of the key stats from the Champions League final, as Real Madrid toppled Atletico for their 11th title.

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has penned an emotional letter to fans in the wake of his missed penalty in Saturday's Champions League final.

The letter, which was published on Atletico's official website, describes the 31-year-old's "tremendous sadness" and gratitude to fans for forgiving him the miss that allowed arch-rivals Real Madrid to seal victory in a penalty shootout.

He said: "I will never forget your displays of affection when I came to ask for forgiveness.

"Seeing my tears reflected...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: Rashford signs new Man Utd deal, Pulido safe after kidnap

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down the best of the social media world, with Real Madrid's celebrations almost going awry.

Here are the latest stories from Monday.

MAN UNITEDMarcus Rashford has signed a new long-term contract at Manchester United. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has also committed his future to the club.

- Roy Keane has said that Jose Mourinho is not his "cup of tea" but the Irishman would welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic's arrival at Manchester United.

- Ashley Fletcher could have been the one breaking through as a Manchester United striker this season rather than Marcus Rashford, according...

Real Madrid beat Atletico to UCL through defensive determination

Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for the 11th time after a challenging season in the UEFA Champions League.

A role reversal took place in the Champions League final on Saturday as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties to win their 11th title in the competition.

En route to Milan, Atletico had knocked out Bayern Munich and Barcelona with early goals and solid defending, while Madrid were the side most likely to dominate possession. But instead Zinedine Zidane's men scored quickly through Sergio Ramos before retreating into a compact 4-3-3 shape.

That did not suit their crosstown rivals, who...