Real Madrid vs Liverpool (Champions League Final)


Real Madrid showed Liverpool what they do best as they denied the Reds a sixth Champions League trophy, with goals from Karim Benzema and a memorable double from Gareth Bale giving the Spanish giants their third title in a row and 13th in all.

Liverpool fans will be ruing the performance of German goalkeeper Loris Karius, who made two crucial blunders which lead to goals, including Bale's second and Benzema's opener.

Bale, who has not been first-choice at Real this season after injury and whose future has been the subject of much speculation, was named man of the match while 24-year-old Karius ended the night in tears looking utterly distraught.

Bale, who had been controversially left on the bench despite his recent good form, scored twice in a final packed full of memorable moments for good and bad reasons.

Real Madrid were also forced to make an early substitution after defender Dani Carvajal seemed to hurt himself while trying a backheel. But no one has achieved the feat faster - with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game's biggest club prize. Liverpool players were inconsolable at full time, needless to say, but once the pain of defeat subsides they can look back with enormous pride at their achievements in the competition this term.

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Britain's National Health Service says it takes 12-16 weeks to recover from a dislocated shoulder. Indeed they were level just four minutes later, Dejan Lovren's towering header from a corner poked in by Sadio Mané at the back post. (EPA) Salah was in tears as he left the pitch.