European football: Real Madrid wins third consecutive Champions League beating Liverpool 3-1
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
On Saturday, Spanish football club Real Madrid defeated English side Liverpool 3–1 in Ukrainian capital Kiev, to win their third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy. Two goals from Gareth Bale and one from Karim Benzema led Real Madrid to win their thirteenth European title victory.
Real Madrid dominated the match in ball possession. Real Madrid won an early free-kick, in the first minute as Liverpool'scommitted soon after the start of the game. Liverpool's attack had multiple attempts for the goal early in the first fifteen minutes, none crossing the goal line. In the eighteenth minute, Liverpool's defender missed a chance to score a close-range header.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was substituted off in the 30th minute after a tackle by Madrid's captain Sergio Ramos. Salah, who had scored 44 goals for the English side in all competitions this season, was later taken to a hospital because of a shoulder injury. The Egyptian was replaced by . Just seven minutes later, Real made their first change in the game, as replaced who was also substituted off due to injury. The first half ended with 0–0 on the scoreboard.
Three minutes into the second half, Frenchman Karim Benzema scored the first goal of the match, but the lead was short-lived. Four minutes later, scored an equaliser for Liverpool, from 's assist. Gareth Bale was substituted on for Isco. The Welshman came on in the 61st minute, and three minutes later, Bale scored an overhead goal, assisted by . Mané came close to score another equaliser in the 70 minute, but his shot deflected off the post. He was later booked in the 82nd minute for a bad foul, which was the only yellow card issued in the match. A minute later, Bale added a third goal for the defending champions. Liverpool's goalkeeper tried to block the goal, but could not keep the ball away from the net. The match ended after four minutes of added time after 90 minutes of play.almost gave Madrid the lead with his shot on goal, but it hit the goal post. In the 51st minute,
After the match, Jürgen Klopp spoke about Salah's injury saying, "It's a serious injury, a really serious injury." Klopp said Salah was "in the hospital for an X-ray. It's either the collarbone or the shoulder itself. It doesn't look good".
This was the second Champions League final for Klopp in five years. His led his former club Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2012–13, losing 2–1 to their arch rivals Bayern Munich. Klopp has lost six out of seven major finals in his managing career.
|May 26, 2018|
|Real Madrid||3–1||Liverpool FC||Kiev, Ukraine, |
Referee: ( )
|Karim Benzema 51'
Gareth Bale 64'
Gareth Bale 83'
Gareth Bale 61'
Karim Benzema 89'
|(0–0) HT|| 55' |
Mohamed Salah 30'
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