Karim Benzema scores by blocking keeper's throw in Champions League final

May 27, 2018, 01:39

Real, 12-times European champions, are aiming to become the first team to win three successive finals in the Champions League era, while Liverpool are looking for their sixth European title and first since 2005.

A sight no Liverpool fan wanted to see, Mohamed Salah left the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine in tears just after 30 minutes of play between Liverpool and Real Madrid in the final of UEFA Champions League 2018. "And I need to be starting".

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah was forced off in the first half of the Champions League final with an apparent shoulder injury.

Fans are gathering in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for the biggest event in the footballing calendar - the European Champions League final. "The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did".

He scored a second later in the game following a poor piece of goalkeeping from Karius, but it's his first effort that will live long in the memory. Now, the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and even his old club Tottenham (they reportedly have first refusal if he returns to England) will start making calls to Bale's agent.

Isco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.

The Liverpool goalkeeper was attempting to roll the ball out in the second half and only succeeded in hitting the boot of opportunistic French forward Karim Benzema.

The goal was still being debated when Mane equalised from close range four minutes later, after Lovren's header from a James Milner corner.

But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale. In contrast to Karius, the underrated Keylor Navas made a series of important saves and catches to keep Liverpool out before Real scored. He struck his second with seven minutes left, a long-range shot that somehow squirted through Karius's palms, and nearly added a third when clean through moments later.