Champions League Final: Real Madrid beat Liverpool and win the Cup for the third time in a row
In the final match at the Kyiv NSC "Olympic" the trophy of the most important club tournament in Europe was won by Real Madrid.
The starting minutes of the meeting were left for Liverpool. The English club's players won almost all the controversial balls and several times approached the goal of "Real", but all their shots were blocked by the defenders of Madrid.
Gradually, the "cream" gained control of the ball, and as a result, Cristiano Ronaldo broke through the right flank to the opponent's goal, but his shot from a sharp angle was inaccurate.
The main events of the first half were forced substitutions due to injuries of players of both teams. And the loss of "Liverpool" looked more significant - the Merseysiders lost their main star, Mohamed Salah, while the "Real" left the field right defender Carvajal.
Shortly before the break, the ball was in the goal of "Liverpool", but Benzema's goal was not credited due to offside. At the beginning of the second half, Isco first hit the crossbar, and then Benzema still scored a goal according to the rules. The English goalkeeper made an incomprehensible mistake in the 51st minute. Carius, trying to get the ball into the game with his hand, hit the French forward of Madrid in the exposed leg. 1: 0.
Liverpool played well enough. After the corner, Lovren won the air, and Manet from close range sent the ball into the net. 1: 1. But less than 10 minutes later, "Real" was again ahead. The Spanish team's sweeping attack ended with Marcelo's pass and Bale's great shot in the fall through himself. 2: 1.
Photo by Pavlo Kubanov
The Merseysiders made a lot of efforts to win back. Manet was close to making a double, but hit the post. But Carius let his team down for the second time, releasing the ball from his hands into the goal after a simple long shot by Bale. 3: 1, and "Real" for the third time in a row wins the final match of the Champions League. In general, the "cream" registered a victory in the main club tournament of the Old World for the 13th time.
Real (Spain) - Liverpool (England) - 3: 1 (0: 0)
Goals: Benzema (51), Bale (64, 83) - Manet (55).
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal (Nacho, 37), Varan, Ramos (k), Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco (Bale, 61), Benzema (Asensio, 89), Cristiano Ronaldo.
Substitutions: Casilla, Theo Hernandez, Lucas Vasquez, Kovacic.
Head coach: Zinedine Zidane.
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lawren, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner (Gian, 83), Henderson (k), Weinaldum, Salah (Lallana, 31), Firmino, Manet.
Substitutions: Mignole, Cline, Klavan, Moreno, Solanque.
Head coach: Jurgen Klopp.
Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).
Booked: Mane (82).
May 26. Kiev. NSC "Olympic". 61 spectators.
Photo by Pavlo Kubanov
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