Champions League final: Yannick Ferreira Carrasco celebrates Atletico's late equaliser by kissing girlfriend

The 22-year-old winger's celebration of his late leveller was a memorable one

Mark Critchley@mjcritchley
Saturday 28 May 2016 22:06
Carrasco scored in the 79th minute to force extra time
Carrasco scored in the 79th minute to force extra time

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco’s equaliser will live long in the memory of Atletico Madrid supporters but, for the millions across the world watching the Champions League final, his celebration will be the abiding memory.

The 22-year-old winger levelled in the 79th minute, slamming the ball past Keylor Navas from close range after some excellent work down the right-wing and a devilishly good cross from his team-mate Juanfran.

Carrasco, like everyone else wearing red and white in the San Siro, duly lost the plot but none did so in quite the same way as the goalscorer.

After notching, the Belgium international proceeded to dash for the touchline where his girlfriend (or at least, a woman who we assume is his girlfriend) was standing for a long, passionate kiss.

Carrasco’s exuberance came after a strong second-half display from Atletico, who eventually recovered from going behind early on to a Sergio Ramos goal.

An equaliser looked likely just after the break when Pepe foolishly felled Fernando Torres in the box and referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a penalty. Antoine Grizemann, however, smacked his effort off the underside of the crossbar.

It looked as though Real, 10-time winners of this competition, would hold out until Carrasco’s late leveller and his racy celebration.

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