NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium
Champions League Final
26/05/2018 7:45 pm
Referee: Milorad Mazic
|Benzema 51' Bale 64', 83'||Mané 55'|
|Keylor Navas||Loris Karius|
|Dani Carvajal||37||Trent Alexander-Arnold|
|Sergio Ramos (c)||Dejan Lovren|
|Raphaël Varane||Virgil van Dijk|
|Casemiro||Jordan Henderson (c)|
|Toni Kroos||Georginio Wijnaldum|
|Luka Modrić||James Milner||83|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Mohamed Salah||30|
|Karim Benzema||89||Roberto Firmino|
|Kiko Casilla||Simon Mignolet|
|Theo Hernández||Ragnar Klavan|
|Mateo Kovačić||Alberto Moreno|
|Gareth Bale||61||Emre Can||83|
|Lucas Vázquez||Adam Lallana||30|
|Marco Asensio||89||Dominic Solanke|
All the stats as Liverpool suffer yet more final heartache…
Liverpool’s pursuit of a sixth European Cup fell agonisingly short on Saturday night as reigning champs Real Madrid overcame them 3-1 in the final in Kiev.
Manager Jürgen Klopp named the same starting X1 as for the second leg of the semi-final success over AS Roma, while opposite number Zinedine Zidane fielded the same line-up that had lifted the trophy 12 months prior.
Liverpool’s hopes of success received a huge blow when top-scorer Mohamed Salah was forced from the field during the first half with a painful-looking shoulder injury.
His replacement, Adam Lallana, struggled to make an impact, unlike Real’s Gareth Bale who emerged from the bench on the hour mark to score twice after Sadio Mané had earlier equalised Karim Benzema’s opener.
It was a night to forget for Kop keeper Loris Karius, who was culpable for the first and third goals conceded.
The defeat means English clubs have now lost their past seven UEFA club competition finals against Spanish opposition (four Champions League finals and three UEFA Cup/Europa League finals).
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