Real Madrid Beats Borussia Dortmund to Win the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League

Jude Bellingham with Real Madrid after the UEFA Champions League, London, UK in June 2024
Jude Bellingham with Real Madrid after the UEFA Champions League, London, UK in June 2024. Photo by Paul Currie/Shutterstock (14516316hs)

Borussia Dortmund came close but still couldn’t pull off a major upset in the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League finals against Real Madrid. Real got a hard-earned 2-0 win to lift their 15th UCL and extend their record.

For the better part of the match, Borussia looked like a better team on the pitch. Winger Karim Adeyemi had Real’s goalie Thibaut Courtois beat in the 22nd minute, but his shot went wide. Several minutes later, striker Niclas Fullkrug hit the post, while Julian Brandt and Marcel Sabitzer also had great opportunities for the Bundesliga side.

Real came alive in the second half, starting to produce quality chances themselves and breaking the deadlock in the 74th minute thanks to a header by full-back Dani Carvajal. While Borussia was recovering from the shock, midfielder Jude Bellingham intercepted a poor pass and found forward Vinicius Junior, who had no trouble putting the ball past Gregor Kobel to make it 2-0.

Borussia tried to find a lifeline by the end of the match, but their efforts didn’t amount to much, and the result didn’t change. 

“We played a fantastic game and maybe deserved a bit more than to lose 2-0,” said Borussia’s manager Edin Terzic. “In the first half, we felt we had them. From the first second, we showed the world that we believed in. Not just to play the final but also win it. We did a lot of things right, but they had this killer instinct. They were ice cold and they are deserved champions.”

This was the sixth UEFA Champions League trophy for Real Madrid in the past 11 years and second in the last three. Borussia, on the other hand, has now lost two of the three UCL finals they played.