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The showpiece event of European club football takes place in Ukraine, with clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

After a first half of “goalless”, the game came alive in the second period. A huge mistake from Loris Karius provided Karim Benzema with the easiest goal of his career but there was hope for Liverpool after Sadio Mane equalised.

A moment of magic from Gareth Bale put Los Blancos back in front and another horrendous mistake from Karius gave Bale his second, with Real Madrid winning 3-1.

Below is the highlights of the matche;

90 mins: Three minutes added on at the end of this final.

89 mins:  Substitution Karim Benzema Marco Asensio Willemsen.

88 mins: STAT: Gareth Bale is the first player to come on as a sub and score twice in a Champions League/European Cup final.

87 mins: Karius looks like he wants the ground to swallow him up and I’d be extremely surprised if he remains between the sticks for next season. He may well have just kissed goodbye to his Liverpool career, there’s no forgiving these mistakes.

 

85 mins: Bale surges through on goal and hunts for the hat-trick but a brilliant sliding tackle from Mane. Ronaldo is furious as he was wide open for a tap-in.

Marcelo the creator again but it’s Bale and Karius who will take the headlines.

83 mins: Another howler from Karius! Bale takes aim from a long way out and it’s straight at Karius but he fumbles the ball into the net. He’s had a nightmare this evening.

83 mins: Gareth Bale scored again consequent upon incredible Karius error!

81 mins: SAVE! A fantastic ball from Bale using the outside of his foot to switch the play to Benzema and the France striker sees his attempt saved by Karius. Liverpool are starting to look rather stretched.

80 mins: Real Madrid edging closer to winning three Champions League trophies in a row and four in the past five years, which is frankly ridiculous. There seems to be no stopping them.

78 mins: Liverpool continue to keep Real Madrid under pressure and they’ve certainly upped their game since falling behind again. Varane continues to thwart their attacking efforts though, emerging at crucial periods to bring the end to the Reds’ advances.

76 mins: Less than 15 minutes remaining in the Champions League final and you’d expect Liverpool to have at least one more golden opportunity. The problem is Real Madrid will probably have the same.

74 mins: What a tackle! Ronaldo look destined to score, moments after Liverpool had a penalty appeal turned down at the other end, but Robertson slid in superbly to quell the opportunity and clear the ball behind for a corner.

72 mins: Liverpool are certainly not out of the game yet and Klopp still has two changes available to him. As mentioned though, his options in the final third are limited with just Can and Solanke to choose from.

Amazing athleticism from Bale to put Madrid 2-1 ahead.

69 mins: Crucial intervention from Ramos, who stretches as far as he can to prevent Robertson’s ball finding Mane and puts the ball behind for a corner. Milner whips it in but Navas punches it away.

67 mins:  STAT: Gareth Bale scored 2 Minutes 2 seconds after coming on. Quite an introduction.

66 mins: The best goal in a Champions League final since Zidane’s volley against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. Sensational.

63 mins: Unbelievable! Bale has only just come off the bench and has provided a moment of sheer magic. Marcelo’s cross to the edge of the area finds the Wales ace, who acrobatically volleys over his head and leaves Karius with no chance. Absolutely remarkable. 

64 mins: Gareth Bale socored after substitution, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS!

60 mins: SAVE! Modric tees a ball through to Nacho down the right, who drills a low cross into Isco in the middle. The Spain midfielder takes one touch before firing at goal, forcing a decent stop from Karius.

STAT: Liverpool are the first team in history to see three players score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mané 10).

59 mins: Liverpool’s response has been magnificent and they’ve rekindled the bite that they showed in the opening stages of the match. They’re putting Real Madrid under significant pressure when they don’t have the ball and Los Blancos are finding it difficult to move into space.

57 mins: STAT: Benzema is the 1st French player to score in a Champions League final since Zinédine Zidane in 2002.

Simple but effective from Liverpool and Lovren put the ball on a plate for Mane. The perfect response from Liverpool.

55 mins: Liverpool are level! Firmino floats the corner into the middle and Lovren heads it into the danger zone, where Mane is there to tap home from close range. Game on!

53 mins: Sadio Mane scored. LIVERPOOL ARE BACK IN THE RACES!

51 mins: What on earth was that!? Karius easily collects a long ball forward and tries to quickly roll the ball out but Benzema sticks a toe out, diverting the ball into the net. What a howler!

51 mins: Benzema scored the first goal of the match. 

48 mins: OFF THE BAR! A collection of errors from Liverpool opens up the Reds’ defence, with Lallana’s attempted clearance falling kindly for Isco. Karius is quick of his line but is beaten as the Spain ace lofts an attempt against the bar. A huge chance goes begging.

47 mins: The game has settled back into the same style we saw for the majority of the first period as Real Madrid dictate the tempo, while Liverpool sit back to soak the pressure.

46 mins: KICK-OFF! Back underway at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, will the game be decided within 90 minutes or will extra time be needed? It’s time to find out!

HALF TIME!

45+1: THREE minutes of added time to end the first half.

45 mins:‘ WIDE! Benzema is starting to become a key figure in the match and he plays a brilliant floating cross over the defence to Nacho, who volleys into the side netting.

43 mins: OFFSIDE! Real Madrid have the ball in the back of the net as Ronaldo sees a header superbly saved by Karius before the rebound was tapped home by Benzema. However, the flag is correctly raised on the far side.

41 mins: Still goalless, still not really any clear-cut chances created by either side. Many predicted a high-scoring affair but it seems that this game could be decided by just a single moment of magic.

39 mins: You have to feel for Salah and Carvajal, particularly in a World Cup year, and the Spain defender has been here before. Two years ago in the final against Atletico Madrid, he was also forced off injured in the first period.

36 mins: Now it’s Real Madrid’s turn for concern as Carvajal is down in tears and looks like he’ll also be forced off.

34 mins:  STAT: The substituted Salah has scored 33% of Liverpool’s goals in all competitions this season before this match (44/134).

32 mins: Crucial period for Liverpool now until the interval as they need to ensure their heads don’t drop after losing Salah. The fans haven’t lost their voice though, booing Ramos for the part he played in Salah’s injury.

30 mins: Heartbreaking for Salah as he leaves the field in tears and has his place taken by Lallana.

29 mins: Really worrying signs for Salah again following a corner for Liverpool as the Egypt ace is down once again. It doesn’t look good at all.

27 mins: Massive sigh of relief as Salah is back on the field, though he doesn’t look fully comfortable just yet but is able to continue.

25 mins: Concern for Liverpool and indeed Egypt as Salah is down in a heap after a strong challenge from Ramos. He’s holding his shoulder and will receive treatment but he looks to be in some pain.

23 min: SAVE! Almost a moment to savour for Alexander-Arnold, who drives a fierce shot through the defence but cannot beat the Costa Rica goalkeeper.

22 min: Since all that early Liverpool pressure, it’s been Real Madrid controlling the tempo of the match. There’s still not been too many chances created in the game though, with the majority of the play coming in the central part of the field.

20 min:  STAT: Cristiano Ronaldo is playing his 6th European Cup/Champions League final – only 3 players have appeared in more (8 Paolo Maldini, 8 Paco Gento, 7 Alfredo Di Stéfano).

18 min: Carvajal rather bizarrely puts the ball behind for a Liverpool corner after trying to play a long ball back to Ramos and it’s Salah who trots across to take. Navas fails to get there in the middle but Van Dijk can only header over the bar.

It’s not just in Kiev that Champions League fever has struck:

16 min: First defensive mistake from Liverpool sees Ronaldo unleashed down the right and, despite the tight angle, he goes for goal. It whistles over the top of the bar and doesn’t provide any threat to Karius.

15 min: Ronaldo and Salah are the two players who’ve dominated the discussions this week but we’re yet to see much from either of the pair.

13 min: A better period of possession for Real Madrid, as they knock the ball around in midfield. Liverpool are more than happy to allow that to happen though, as they drop back to block any room to potentially break into.

11 min: Zidane’s side patient when they get the ball, whereas Liverpool are looking to immediately hit to exploit any space. With full-backs flying forward for both sides, it could be the wide areas where the best opportunities are crafted.

9 min: Real Madrid are struggling to cope with Liverpool’s high press at the moment and Zidane’s side cannot play their way out of the defence. It remains to be seen whether the Reds can make their early pressure count.

7 min: Varane again needing to intervene in defence as Firmino looks to thread a ball through to Mane and it looked dangerous, providing further encouragement for the English side.

6 min:  A free-kick in a decent position for Liverpool is taken by Milner, who cuts it back to Salah but Modric is quick to close down the Egypt ace and block his attempt.

4 min: Liverpool stretching Real Madrid again as Alexander-Arnold plays a low cross into the box that Varane is forced to fire into touch. Klopp will be thrilled by the start from his side.

2 min: Real Madrid have the game’s first threatening attack, as Karius charges off his line to punch the ball away ahead of Isco. The offside flag is raised but the Germany stopper wasn’t to know.

1 min: We’re off! Liverpool straight onto the attack as the Champions League final gets underway.

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