July 20, 2017

More than 1500 injured after Champions League final

More than 1,500 people were injured after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin on Saturday.

According to AFP, three people were in a serious condition, including a young boy. Local media described him as a seven-year-old and said he was in a coma with serious chest injuries after being trampled in the crush.

The incident in Turin came before another deadly attack in London with assailants driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then going on a stabbing spree before being shot dead by police.

It was a miserable night for fans of Turin-based Juventus, who lost the final 4-1 to Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and enabled Real Madrid win the title for the third time in four years and 12th in all.

Ronaldo hit Real’s first and third goals to become only the second man to score in three European Cup finals and take his career goal tally to 600 for club and country.

Few of those will have matched Mario Mandzukic’s spectacular overhead equaliser for Juventus, which was eventually in vain for the Italian side who had the best of the first half before being swept aside in the second.

A long-range deflected effort by Casemiro and a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo within four minutes effectively settled one of the most entertaining finals for years, with a late tap-in by substitute Marco Asensio adding the glamour.

Juventus, who have now lost in their last five European Cup finals, missed the chance of doing the treble after their league and domestic cup triumphs and their coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted their performance dropped off against a better side.

Real Madrid will face Europa League champions Manchester United in the 2017 Uefa Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia, on 8 August.

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