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Real Madrid 3 - 1 Liverpool UEFA Champions League 2018 Final - As It Happened

2018 UEFA Champions League Final (Real Madrid 3 - 1 Liverpool) 
26/5/2018
Venue: Kiev Olympic Stadium





Recap (first half) 
Liverpool pressed hard for more of the first  getting advantage with klopps gengenpressing style of football.

🌐15 Ronaldo squandered Real madrid chance
🌐 22 firmino sloppy chance  anold in rebound  keeper saves
🌐 24 min salah almost injured by ramos challenge
29th salah replaced by lalana

The game changed as the Salah change gave Real Madrid some advantage as they pressed more  and created more chances

🌐33 cavaljal got injured after his unsuccessful back heel eventually replaced by Nacho
🌐 42 Ronaldo got a clear head saved by the Liverpool no1 but while benzema was there for rebound the third referee was quick to detect the offside
🌐 44 real madrid got their new advantage with confidence creating chances this time the side netting.
🌐45 benzema tried from long range but the ball went wide



Second Half

🌐46 Real madrid got back with thier dominance and almost got the lead with isco shot hitting the pole
🌐 49 karius granted real the lead with a mistake hitting benzema and rolling in to the net.
🌐54 Liverpool woke up and almost got back with firmino missing the cross by inches.
🌐56 mane finally puts Liverpool back in after the resulting corner ended with manes interception
🌐60 karius saves a shot from isco who got substitited in the next minute replaced by Bale
🌐 Bale makes the difference convertng Marcelo's cross with wants exceptional overhead kick

Madrid continued their dominance

🌐 69 Mane almost leveled hitting the post with a long sgotsfrom outside the box
🌐 72-73 Liverpool attack got flagged off and Ronaldo on the rebound attack squandered the cjance letting Van Dijk intercept his shot
🌐 81 wonderful save from Karius
🌐 82 Bale takes an unbelievable shot that slips off Karius gloves for the third goal.
🌐88 change - Benzema Off Ascensio In

Three minutes Added

🌐 90+2 Ronaldo gets his rare chance and almost made it three but the referee got the game stopped as an intruder ran into the field, possibly to hug him
🌐 90+3 Full time

Goals
First Half (0-0)
Second Half (3-1) 

⚽51' Karim Benzema 1 - 0
⚽55' 1 - 1 Sadio Mane
⚽64' Gareth Bale 2 - 1
82' Sadio Mane
⚽83' Gareth Bale 3 - 1

Champions League Final Video Highlights



Dua Lipa Musical Performance Video




 Statistics 


 Real Madrid have become the first team to win the European Cup/Champions League in three successive seasons since Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976.

Zinedine Zidane is just the third manager to win the European Cup/Champions League three times (after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti), but the first to win it in three consecutive seasons.

Jurgen Klopp has now lost six of his seven major finals as manager (2 x DFB-Pokal, 2 x Champions League, 1 x League Cup, 1 x UEFA Europa League), only winning the DFB-Pokal with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

Gareth Bale scored just two minutes and two seconds after coming off the bench. It was the second-fastest ever by a substitute in a Champions League final, after Lars Ricken for Borussia Dortmund against Juventus in 1997.

Bale is also only the second British player to score a brace in a European Cup/Champions League final after Bobby Charlton for Manchester United in 1968.

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