Possible wizard Sergio Ramos sent the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to extra time in mind-blowing fashion with a headed equalizer at the death of regular time's five added minutes. No one on the planet was more pleased with Ramos' heroics than Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, who allowed Atletico's goal in the 36th minute when he was caught way off his line by a floating Diego Godin header.
Casillas — the only Real Madrid player left from the last time they won the Champions League in 2002 — has endured personal struggle since being benched by former manager Jose Mourinho last season and being limited to only playing in the cup competitions by new manager Carlo Ancelotti this season. If Real were denied La Decima — their record 10th European Cup — because of his error it would have haunted him forever.
But thanks to Ramos' improbable sixth goal in his last seven matches (remember, the man is a defender and has never scored more than six goals in a whole season for Real Madrid before now), Casillas was spared that lifelong nightmare. Watch (and enjoy the commentator's reaction)...
And just like that, Casillas instantly went from this...
Casillas then thanked Sergio Ramos for being the club's savior with a big smooch on the cheek as they prepared for extra time to begin.
Gareth Bale made up for his earlier misses with a winner in the second period of extra time, completing Real Madrid's redemption on the night and preventing La Liga champions Atletico from winning their first European Cup in excruciating fashion. Final score: Real Madrid 4, Atletico Madrid 1.
Anyway, Casillas, who said after the match that winning La Decima was bigger than winning the World Cup with Spain, will probably volunteer to be Sergio Ramos' personal butler for the whole summer after this.
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