Bale set to start for Madrid against Liverpool

May 27, 2018, 01:04
Bale set to start for Madrid against Liverpool

Even though they struggled in La Liga this season, Real turned it on when it mattered time and time again in the Champions League.

"We must be at our best level to win this but nobody believes we are the favourites, you can not think like that for any final".

An offside flag denied Benzema the opener after Karius magnificently kept out a Ronaldo header.

Liverpool: Karis, Robertson, van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Henderson (C), Milner, Mane, Firmino and Salah.

The 25-year-old landed awkwardly on his left shoulder after grappling with Sergio Ramos, while Ronaldo remained on the periphery throughout.

The Kiev showdown will pit Mohamed Salah against Cristiano Ronaldo but former Manchester United winger Giggs says it is premature to compare the two star performers.

- Real Madrid started with the same XI as in the 2016-17 Champions League final; the first time a team has started with the same 11 players in different European Cup/Champions League finals (excluding replays). Liverpool keeper Karius collected the ball in the box, and attempted to immediately throw the ball to a defender, only to see the lurking Benzema stick out a leg and block the ball, before rolling it into the empty net. The right-back also left the Kiev pitch crying.

With the game at 1-1 after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener, Bale entered the fray and made an nearly immediate impact with an incredible overhead-kick goal to restore Real's lead. Whichever it was, the ball ended up going into the net, ending Liverpool's hope of equalizing once more.

Mane levelled the score four minutes later, when he poked home from a corner.

64th minute: Gareth Bale puts an end to that notion.

'I know Zidane has won two Champions League titles in a row but he has had world class players to work with. A Marcelo cross was met by Bale with his back to goal who leapt through the air and sent a overhead strike past the helpless Karius in the goal.

With just six minutes to go, man of the hour and man of the match Gareth Bale scored his second of the night to give his team a 3-1 lead and seal a third consecutive European title.

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