CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL (LIVE UPDATES): Fast Liverpool challenges experienced Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring (Photo Credit: La Liga, Twitter)
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring (Photo Credit: La Liga, Twitter)

Mohamed Salah can cap a wonderful season by helping Liverpool to a sixth European title, while Cristiano Ronaldo can help himself to a fifth title and clear the way for a sixth World Player of the year award.

Fiery and fast front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane lead the Reds, but Los Blancos possess experience in abundance from Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, and Ronaldo.

Will speed trump experience? Or will patient heads get the better of the fast and furious?

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Liverpool: Karius, Alexandar-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo

The captains exchange pennants – Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid and Jordan Henderson for Liverpool

Will Liverpool speed trump Real Madrid experience? Or will patient heads get the better of the fast and furious?

1min – Immediately Liverpool on the attack rebuffed by Varane

2mins – Offside on Isco as Karius makes a brave save

3 mins – Firmino pinches the ball off Casemiro – a template of how Liverpool will hope to hurt Real

4mins – First foul called by Milorad Mazic by Ramos on Salah

6mins – Mane almost in but Varane makes a desperate clearance

Navas saves off the feet of Alexandar-Arnold

Liverpool with more possession as Real Madrid try to douse the Reds’ energy

9mins – Foul by Mane on Modric

10mins – Marcelo with Madrid’s first shot but well off target

14 mins – Bedlam in the Madrid box but Alexandar-Arnold’s cross is finally punched away

15 mins – Ronaldo bears down on goal and shoots from a tight angle but rises over the bar

17 mins – Wild pass from Carvajal finds touch and gives Liverpool a cheap corner kick

18 mins – Van Dijk beat Navas to the corner but his header is over

Isco not up to speed as Liverpool midfield constantly overwhelms the Spaniards

Real Madrid cannot find an out ball from defence as Liverpool keep up their relentless pressing

22 mins – Good save from Navas off a fierce drive from Alexandar-Arnold

Liverpool have five shots an target already to none from Real Madrid

25mins – Salah on the floor after a wrestling match with Ramos

Concern for Liverpool as Salah requires treatment on the pitch. Hoping there is no damage to his shoulder or collar bone

Salah is back on his feet

27 mins – Mane wins a corner off Carvajal

Real concern here for Klopp as Salah goes down and is in tears

Salah’s night ends in the 29th minute. What will Klopp do? Adam Lallana is coming on

31 mins – Real Madrid move the ball sweetly from back to front but Modric’s final shot is well blocked

32 mins – Benzema has his shot blocked in the box

34 mins – Carvajal now on the floor and looks really injured

And the right back is going off.

36 mins – He is also in tears as Nacho prepares to replace him. Hope he heals before the World Cup

37 mins – Through ball from Henderson but Navas gathers before Lallana can pounce

38 mins – Good play down the right flank wins a corner for the defending champions

A little lull in the action as both sides try to regroup after suffering injuries

Gooaall…No – Offside called on Ronaldo, marginally

Goallllllllllllll – An error from Karius leads Benzema to tap in

54 mins – That would have been the equaliser but for a small nick from Varane

Gooaaaalllllllllll – Mane gets on the ball from the corner kick

Mane with 10 Goals; Salah with 10 Goals; Firmino with 10 Goals

60 mins – Karius palms away Isco’s goal-bound shot on the turn

60 mins – Isco going off for Gareth Bale as Zidane brings speed into play

Bale just on does the acrobatics to give Real the lead once again

63 mins – What a goal from Bale

67 mins – Bale if he does not score another goal will have a pension from football!

68 mins – Lallana caught offside

69 mins – What a desperate clearance from Ramos or else Sane was in for the equaliser

Mane hits the post and Bale concedes a corner on the follow up

Navas was well beaten but the post held firm

Ronaldo thought about falling down…

73 mins – Fantastic block on Ronaldo by Robertson as the Portuguese got ready to shoot

74 mins – Bale offside from the freekick

77 mins – Liverpool increase the pressure as they look for another equaliser

79 mins – What can Klopp do to force the issue?

81 mins – Karius makes the save off a volley from Benzema. What a cross from Bale

82 mins – Ramos taunts Mane into getting a yellow card…That is experience!

84 mins – Another howler from Karius and Bale gets his second. Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

85 mins – Bale denied a hattrick by a Lovren tackle. He could have passed to Ronaldo

Klopp needs a new goalkeeper for next season

87 mins – Firmino fouls Nacho in the Real Madrid box. Asensio to come on for Benzema

87 mins – Firmino fouls Nacho in the Real Madrid box. Asensio to come on for Benzema

89 mins – Liverpool get a free-kick near the Madrid box

Three minutes of additional time

92 mins – Van Dijk cuts out the cross from Bale, or it would have been a tap in for Ronaldo

An intruder runs into the box with Ronaldo bearing down on goal

Final whistle!!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: Real Madrid win a third consecutive UCL title, their 13th in total and Cristiano Ronaldo’s fifth European triumph

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool | Karius howlers hand Madrid 13th UCL triumph

Real Madrid proved once again that they are uniquely made for European final nights but it had a lot to do with early Christmas gifts from Liverpool goalkeeper, Loris Karius, who handed the defending champions two goals.

One goal from Karim Benzema and two from Gareth Bale confirmed Real Madrid as champions of Europe for the 13th time despite an equaliser from Sadio mane in the 55t minute.

After a frenetic start from Liverpool, in which they kept Real Madrid pinned in their own half, it took the shoulder injury to Mohamed Salah to give the Spaniards a foothold in the match. Before the Egyptian left the pitch in tears, Liverpool had attempted eight shots but immediately after he went off, Liverpool were seemingly doused.

They were on the ascendancy toward the end of the first half and took the lead, rather fortuitously in the second half as Karius rolled the ball against Benzema’s outstretched leg.

But it was also Bale’s crowning moment. The Welsh speedster came on in the second half and just seconds later scored a wonder goal, that left everyone watching stunned. Karius then further stunned the crowd as Bale’s speculative shot melted through his fingers.

Real Madrid are champions for a third consecutive time a second time in their history.

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