Real Madrid finally win La Decima - a top moment of 2014

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With our bellies finally digesting the many roast dinners enjoyed over the festive period, and New Year's just around the corner, we are now into the top four of GiveMeSport's sporting moments of the year. In at No.4 is Real Madrid's Champions League triumph back in May.

The victory, made even sweeter by the fact it was fierce rivals Atletico Madrid who had the indignity of receiving the runners-up medals, was their first European crown since 2002 where Zinedine Zidane fired them to victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park on that occasion.

It was a success tinged with the drama and excitement that many had predicted, and has now acted as a springboard for further success this season with the Spanish giants in the midst of a 22-game winning run.

Route to the final

Having topped their qualifying group at the end of 2013, Madrid were drawn against German side Schalke in the round of 16 only to demolish them away from home and emerge from the tie with a 9-2 aggregate win to their name.

They were given a scare by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, succumbing to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the Signal Induna Park after winning the first leg 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, but held on to make the semi-finals for a fourth season in a row.

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Carlo Ancelotti's side were then drawn against old foe Pep Guardiola in the semi-finals, but his Bayern Munich side were beaten over both legs with the 4-0 battering in Bavaria ending their own reign as European champions.

Atletico drama

Diego Godin's goal had looked to have given Diego Simeone's La Liga champions a stunning maiden Champions League success, but Sergio Ramos struck deep into stoppage time to force another 30 minutes and give Madrid hope of finally ending their wait for La Decima.

With Angel di Maria rampaging up and down the pitch with the speed of an Olympic sprinter, Atletico began to tire and were made to pay when Gareth Bale rose to head Los Blancos into the lead.

Substitute Marcelo, on for the disappointing Fabio Coentrao, scored a third and Ballon d'Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo was not to be denied as he scored from the spot to add gloss on the most magical of occasions.

Madrid have since proceeded to win the Club World Cup in Morocco, and are aiming to make history by becoming the first side to retain the European Cup in its modern format next year.

GMS moments so far...

5. Lewis Hamilton becomes F1 champion for a second time
6. Carl Froch knocks out George Groves in re-match at Wembley Stadium
7. Lizzy Yarnold wins skeleton gold at Sochi Winter Olympics
8. Derek Jeter retires from baseball
9. Europe retain the Ryder Cup
10. Oscar Pistorious convicted of killing Reeva Steenkamp
11. Rory McIlroy wins back-to-back majors
12. Atletico Madrid win La Liga
13. Liverpool's title challenge unravels
14. Liverpool's dramatic victories
15. David Moyes sacked by Manchester United
16. LeBron James confirms sensational Cleveland Cavaliers return
17. Seattle Seahawks blow out Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
18. Jo Pavey wins European gold
19. Robin van Persie's remarkable header against Spain
20. Michael Sam comes out and gets drafted by Rams
21. Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon
22. James Rodriguez won our hearts and the golden boot
23. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's Touchdown record
24. Richard Sherman's outburst live on TV
25. Chelsea rout Arsenal 6-0
26. Ashes whitewash and Kevin Pietersen sacking
27. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
28. Angel di Maria signs for Manchester United
29. Wayne Rooney named England captain
30. Bradley Wiggins wins the world title

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