Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Finals to retain the European title for the second repeated period, and win for a record third consecutive time.
The Champions of Europe first scored through Karim Benzema before Sadio Mane leveled the scores for the English side but brace from substitute Gareth Bale restored, doubled and killed Jürgen Norbert Klopp’s aspiration once and for all.
Mohammed Salah was frustrated from making headlines after sustaining injury from a rough meeting with Real Madrid Skipper Sergio Ramos in the first half.
Expectations of followers seemed to be met in the first minutes of the game as Liverpool came close to scoring except Real Madrid goalie Keylor Navas made it impossible as he parried off 19-year-old Alexander Arnold’s efforts.
Christiano Ronaldo on the other side ambitiously shot from tight angle but over the bar demonstrating retaliation incase Liverpool proved perilous.
However, Karim Benzema then actualized dreams as he opened the scores at the 50 minute. Liverpool goal keeper Karius recklessly surrendered the ball to sharp and attentive French centre forward who made no mistake to score.
Four minutes later, Senegalese forward Sadio Mane equalized for the 2005 champions of the title but Zinadine Zidane’s tactical decision of withdrawing Spaniard attacking midfielder Isco was paid back as incoming Gareth Bale notched two praiseworthy goals to finalize the deal.
It took the Wales international two minutes to find the net after replacing Isco at the 48th minute. He acrobatically and unforeseeably jumped on air to convert a Marcelo’s deflected cross from the left flank and similarly like Ronaldo’s goal against Juventus few months back scored the restoration goal.
28-year-old Bale then doubled Real Madrid’s lead with an obstinate and powerful long range shot from approximately 25 yards. Karius held the ball but in a spit second left the ball to find its way into the net.
Came as a substitute and ended up being man of the match. Gareth Bale said he was disappointed because Zidane didn’t put him in the starting line up.
“Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I have deserved it but the manager makes the decisions. I need to be playing week in, week out, and that’s not happened this season.”
His thunderous efforts that won the day for Real Madrid disallowed Liverpool from replicating a comeback they completed in the champions league against AC Milan 13 years ago.
The title puts Zinedine Zidane in the history books of Real Madrid as the former player of the Spanish giants becomes the first ever manager to win the title in three consecutive seasons.
Meanwhile Real Madrid is familiar to this kind of record as it happens to be the second time they’ve won three European titles in a row.