Real Madrid beat Liverpool to claim third straight UEFA Champions League title

27 May, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Gareth Bale has reportedly won his race to start in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Real Madrid and Liverpool were level at 0-0 after the first half in the Champions League final on Saturday with both teams losing players to injury.

And when Loris Karius spilled Bale's speculative long-range drive into his own goal, the Madrid man became the first player to score twice off the bench in a Champions League or European Cup final.

Liverpool were firmly on top in the first half hour but the entire match has shifted on the back of the cruel shoulder injury to Reds star Mo Salah.

However, Wales boss Giggs believes his player has the ability to dictate Saturday's result whether he starts or not.

Below is a look at what we learned from an encapsulating game as the curtain came down on the European season in style.

"It is always tough to choose your team for a final and it is never easy for a Coach, there are some very hard words to be said".

83rd minute: Bale gets to score another goal, Marcelo gets another assist.

Zinedine Zidane could get sacked if he loses the Champions League final, according to Paul Merson.

The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco - just as he had been in the final win over Juventus past year - before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.

Probed about his future after the match, the four-time European Cup victor confessed that he will consider quitting the Bernabeu.

For once in the final, it wasn't the Portuguese who made the difference for Real.

Gareth Bale's sensational strike proved the victor as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to lift their third straight Champions League crown. I had an injury five, six weeks in but have been fit ever since.

It was a night which confirmed Real's ability to superbly manage the biggest of games and highlighted Liverpool's continued problems with the goalkeeping position.

The game exploded into life in the second half, when Real took the lead in freaky fashion.

But although the loss of Salah was undoubtedly huge, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino caused Real problems in the second half, with Mane scoring a 55th-minute equaliser four minutes after Benzema's opener.



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