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Summary

  1. Final score: Saracens 28-17 Clermont Auvergne
  2. Saracens win back-to-back European titles
  3. Ashton, Kruis, Goode tries, Farrell 2 cons & 3 pens for Saracens
  4. Lamerat, Abendanon tries, Parra 2 cons & 1 pen for Clermont
  5. Ashton now leading all-time try scorer in European Cup with 37
  6. Clermont have now lost all three of their European Cup finals

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

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CLERMONT FANS
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Spare a thought for the fans in Clermont-Ferrand and those who travelled to Edinburgh to see their side lose in a big final once again.

I don't think anyone would begrudge them lifting the Top 14 title in a few weeks' time.

Meanwhile Saracens start their sing-song with John Denver's Country Roads. Take Me Home.

That is us done for the afternoon though.

Check out the match report here.

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Former Gloucester and England full-back Olly Morgan on Twitter

Fair play to @Saracens. Love them or hate them they are special club doing something right... consistently. #backtoback#culture

'We showed our many sides'

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Mark McCall
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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall speaking on BT Sport:

"I thought we played really really well today. Experience definitely counted for something because when we weren't getting any joy on the scoreboard we kept attacking. 

"We could have scored a try earlier than we did. But we showed a lot of sides to ourselves and we are chuffed.

"We really went after the game. While we defended well, we attacked to so it feels good to win it the way we did."

'One of our best performances of the year'

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Alex Goode
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Saracens full-back Alex Goode speaking to BT Sport: It was one of our best performances of the year. We left a few chances out there but our attack was superb today. For my try I was just lucky to get the final pass. I think they were concerned about Ashy outside me.

'Testament to the Saracens culture'

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Brad Barritt
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Saracens captain Brad Barritt talking to BT Sport:

"The way in which the guys carried themselves today, we stayed true to ourselves and our character.

"To stay in the game for 70 minutes and to come away with Chris Ashton's try - it's immensely pleasing.

"We never speak about goals, we all speak about memories. This team is so hungry and determined to keep on coming and it's just about the next wave.

"It's a huge testament to the Saracens culture today."

'We thought we had the fitness on them'

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Chris Ashton
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Saracens wing Chris Ashton speaking to BT Sport: We had a lot of chances in the first half and I thought that we might regret missing that. But we thought that we had the fitness on them and we needed to keep moving them around. it is nice to get that record, but I have had five great years at this club and I have to thank a lot of the guys in that dressing room for helping me to that number." 

'We don't know what we're missing'

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Scott Spedding
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Clermont full-back Scott Spedding speaking on BT Sport: 

"It's massively disappointing. We know the history - that's our third final in this competition and we were deperate to do it for our fans.

"But we came up against a huge Saracens team who have proved their worth in the past few seasons.

"We gave our all out there - we might have left it a bit late in the first half to start playing but we had a good fightback in the second half and we're proud of that effort.

"We are absolutely gutted. We don't know what we're missing but hopefully one day it turns our way."

'If you play long enough it happens for you'

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Saracens back row Schalk Burger speaking to BT Sport: "It is right up there. Back home I came close to winning a few trophies with my old club the Stormers. I guess if you play long enough it happens for you. It was a phenomenal atmosphere. These are the days you play rugby for. I thought  we managed the game pretty well. We were camped down in their end and it is easier to play rugby from there."

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Nick Hughes: If Sarries win the Premiership & the Lions lose in New Zealand, I think we're looking at the SPOTY Team of the Year.

Simon: Champions of Europe AGAIN! This Saracens team is quickly becoming legendary.

'We've put down a marker'

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Richard Wigglesworth
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Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: 

The win felt different to last year, it's a relief. There was a lot of satisfaction from this.

We could easily have lost our heads being so dominant and not scoring but we didn't.

We want to keep building but we've put down a marker now.

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Congrats to all at @Saracens Great achievement!! 👏🏻👏🏻 #ChampionsCupFinal

'It feels kind of fake second time around'

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Saracens second row Maro Itoje: The first time was great, this time it feels kind of fake. We needed both physical and mental strength all game, it was only in the last 15 minutes that we got daylight between us.

'We always knew it was going to be tough'

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Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola speaking to BT Sport: It is a final and we knew it was always going to be tough. We didn't want to let them score those two tries, but they can hurt you. I am thankful that we have great generals like Owen and Richard Wigglesworth to put us in great areas.

Vunipola starts his interview by thanking God and in the next breath apologising for the drunken evening of celebrations to come.

'Pleasure to be with this group'

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Chris Ashton
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Saracens winger and European Cup top try-scorer Chris Ashton speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: 

"It's pretty hard to it that into words right now. 

"We've worked so hard for the past five or six years. It's such a pleasure to be with this group. It's so hard to be in these finals so to win two is a pleasure.

"To become top try-scorer is just the icing on the cake."

Reaction from the Twitterati

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Epic Champs Cup final. Sarries double Double still possible 28-17 Right up there with the best of finals Bravo les deux equipes

Congratulations @Saracens 👏🏽👏🏽

Quel horrible sentiment et immense tristesse en voyant @ASMOfficiel perdre encore une finale #ASMSAR bravo @Saracens quel match 👏

Sebastian Chabal says it is sad to see Clermont lose again in a final and says well done to Saracens.

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Saracens retain Champions Cup

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Saracens become only the fourth side in history to retain the Champions Cup.

Clermont lose a third time in the final as their search for the big one continues.

The narrative follows history's script.

Full-time

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Billy Vunipola secures a turnover just as his name is announced as man of the match.

Saracens' arms aloft

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Nick Hughes: Appaling kick by Lopez. In front of the posts, a chip shot by international standards. Bottled it. Congrats Sarries.

David Tomlinson: Saracens relentless and ruthless, skilled and superb, what a team!

Liam Shaw: Alex Goode is quality, it's a disappointment that he hasn't played more for England. No disrespect for Mike Brown either.

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The Saracens players are massing on the touchline, ready to storm on and celebrate.

Their poker faces have dropped and been replaced by grins.

Penalty - Clermont 17-28 Saracens

Owen Farrell

Cherry. On. Cake.

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Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

In these types of games you need your big decision makers and your half-backs on the field.

It is a big, big call in such an enormous game to take someone like Morgan Parra off.

Replacement

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Titi Lamositele comes on for the exhausted Mako Vunipola.  

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Olly: Nigel Owens you're having a mare  

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Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

That is routine.

The curse of Clermont could happen again.

Missed penalty

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What a chance for Clermont to put themselves right back into the mix.

Schalk Burger infringes off the kick-off, Camille Lopez knows he needs this kick to put his side into range.

He's pushed it wide. Is that it?

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More love for Alex Goode...

Should he be playing for England? 

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Amazing how Alex Goode hasn't played more for England. #ClassAct

'Saracens keeping it simple'

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Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Saracens just have an incredible ability to repeat their skills under fatigue and pressure.

There was nothing complex about that, it was a simple go through the motions but all of a sudden when they needed to strike - it was the famous Farrell screen.

Everyone running tricky angles and that's really hard to defend.

Converted try - Clermont 17-25 Saracens

Alex Goode (con Farrell)

A flurry of dummy runners fix the Clermont defence and Alex Goode skirts around the outside of Morgan Parra and in from 10 metres out.

Owen Farrell lands a nerve-jangling penalty from way out wide and Saracens are eight points clear and can sniff the silver polish.

Alex Goode scores a try for Saracens
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Billy Vuniupola picks and goes, Clermont swarm up, ball to ground, but, crucially, not forward.

Saracens still have the ball and chances...

'Saracens showing their quality'

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Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Saracens are showing real quality here. They've not got angry with the decision.

It's as if they've had a conversation to forget about it and you can't help but think that Saracens will get some points - whether that be three, five or seven.

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Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Saracens need to score here.

I've only just about calmed down from the Camille Lopez incident on the right-hand side.

Letter of the law, referee was probably right. But that was a stone cold deliberate knock-on for me.

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But Saracens come again.

Schalk Brits runs the ball back from deep, Alex Goode probes with another teasing grubber kick and Scott Spedding spills forward as he gathers up under pressure from Chris Ashton.

Scrum five out for Sarries. Ten to go and a chance to close the door.

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Mark Ridway: Nigel Owens is having a blinder

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Maro Itoje thoughtlessly takes his man out in the air in the line-out.

Clermont have a chance to clear their lines. Saracens have not been as sharp as they are at their best.

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That was close.

Billy Vunipola picks and goes blind, but a combination of Nick Abendanon, Morgan Parra and Friz Lee manage to heave him out just in time.

Billy Vunipola of Saracens
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No deliberate knock-on

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Camille Lopez just about had a realistic chance to catch the ball. He escapes the card and penalty try.

Scrum five Saracens.

'Chris Ashton would have been in'

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Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Camille Lopez has gone for the intercept there. He has gone to try and stop the pass.

Huge decision from Nigel Owens.