Real Madrid topples Liverpool to win Champions League final

May 27, 2018, 01:59
Real Madrid topples Liverpool to win Champions League final

Gareth Bale's stunning overhead kick to give Madrid a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute will go down in European soccer history.

The Welshman added a second when Karius dropped the ball over his own goal line.

The victory on Saturday marked the third consecutive year that Real Madrid have won the tournament and the fourth such in five years, taking their total tally to a record 13 titles.

With the match still goalless, Salah fell to the floor writhing in pain after his left shoulder got caught underneath Real captain Sergio Ramos as they fell to the floor in midfield.

Curiously, Liverpool and Real Madrid have already met once in a European Cup final, with the Reds winning 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Alan Kennedy in 1981.

The English side attacked with intent and Trent Alexander-Arnold tested Navas with a low drive but Real looked in charge following the departure, in tears, of Salah.

And Salah is now a major doubt for the World Cup which starts in just over two weeks time.

It killed Liverpool's confidence, the tactical reshuffle seeing Mane switched to the right to accommodate substitute Adam Lallana, and encouraged Real, who began to commit more men forward.

Bale went on to score again seven minutes before the final whistle, crushing whatever remained of Liverpool's hopes.

Klopp's side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mané turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner's corner.

Liverpool fans were understandably gutted by the result, with sports stars and fans giving each other a collective hug following a draining final.

Benzema blocked Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius' throw with an outstretched leg.

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