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Sunday, 27th May, 2018

Real Madrid 3 – 1 Liverpool – Champions League Final 2018

Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League Final 2018

What a game it was last night! Real Madrid are the champions of Europe once again, winning the Champions League 3 times in a row and have an ever growing record of titles, now sitting at 13. It’s a game which will be remembered for a couple of things, depending on your personal affiliation, but for me and many, it was all about that Gareth Bale goal.

Here’s how I saw the game.

Liverpool were pretty decent for the first 20-30 minutes, then bad news for Liverpool, Salah got injured from a tussle with Sergio Ramos, and had to go off injured. A short time later Dani Carvajal also got injured for Real Madrid, stretching for the ball. Both players were in tears as they left the pitch.

Real Madrid started to play better, and in the 2nd half, Benzema opened the scoring with a bizarre goal. The Liverpool ‘keeper Karius went to throw the ball out to a defender, Benzema stuck out a leg, the ball hit it and trickled into the net. Benzema had earlier scored a goal in the 1st half, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Just 4 minutes later, Liverpool got an equaliser. Liverpool won a corner and the ball was played in, it was headed on and Saido Mane was quick and managed to get in and stabbed the ball into the net.

Then the moment of magic. Bale came on, and scored a wonder goal. Marcelo crossed the ball in, and Bale hit the sweetest overhead kick of all time, and scored an unbelievable goal from about 15 yards out. It was a goal which was worthy of winning any game.

With just under 10 minutes to play, Bale scored again. Bale had the space opened up for him, and from about 25-30 yards shot more of less straight at Karius, who couldn’t deal with the ball, and it went in.

Real Madrid went on to win 3-1, and fully deserved the victory.

A lot of the focus will be on Karius, who’s 2 huge mistakes cost Liverpool. But in the end, Real Madrid were the better team, and did deserve to win.

The two big talking points for anyone who was supporting Liverpool for the night were the huge errors of Karius, and Mo Salah going off injured, with most blaming Sergio Ramos for a cynical foul. The foul itself was not bad, it was 2 players fighting to get to the ball, with Salah grappling with Ramos, Ramos getting his arm and not letting go, the two fall to the ground, and sadly for Salah, for Liverpool and for the game, he got injured and had to go off.

Then there’s Karius. The two errors he made were so huge, they were errors they no goalkeeper should make at the top level, or some would say, at any professional level. It was the final of the Champions League, and those two errors will be remembered in Liverpool and England forever. It will be tough for him to come back from those mistakes, as they were so high profile. It was a major loss of focus in 2 incidents.

It’s interesting to see the perspective from the two countries; The media/fans from England focus on the Salah injury, Sergio Ramos and Karius, while the Spanish fans and media are talking about the wonder goal and the beautiful game, Real Madrid’s 13th win and 3 in a row, with many called it a Dynasty.

Real Madrid were simply the better team, with the better players doing more in the game. The difference was that Real Madrid had a Gareth Bale to come on and win the game, and without Salah, Liverpool looked out of ideas. None of their attacking players really made any kind of impact, with Trent Alexander-Arnold one of their better players.

After the game Gareth Bale was talking like he was almost resigned to leaving Real Madrid, talking about his future and how he needs to start more games, a strange conversation to have after scoring one of the best goals of all time in a final, and winning a Champions League.

He was not alone talking about the future, with Cristiano Ronaldo saying “It been very nice playing for Real Madrid”.

Real Madrid Champions 2018

Real Madrid 3 – 1 Liverpool

Benzema (51′), Bale (64′, 83′) | Mane (55′)



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