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Real Madrid Celebrate 13th Champions League Victory

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Sergio Ramos holds the Champions League trophy aloft after Real Madrid’s win. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian
Sergio Ramos holds the Champions League trophy aloft after Real Madrid’s win. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian
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Real Madrid won their third straight Champions League thanks to a moment of sublime brilliance from Gareth Bale and Loris Karius’ errors.

 

Gareth Bale came off the bench to score one of the great goals in

Champions League history and add to Loris Karius’ personal ordeal by sealing

Real Madrid’s third consecutive European title with a

3-1 win over Liverpool.

 

Much of the pre-match build-up centred on the anticipated battle between

star forwards Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo in Kiev,

but the duel was cut short before the half hour when Liverpool’s

talisman suffered an apparent shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old landed awkwardly on his left shoulder after grappling

with Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo remained on the periphery throughout.

With the game locked at 1-1 in the 64th minute and 122 seconds

after replacing Isco – who earlier hit the crossbar –

Bale scored and overhead kick of rare brilliance.

Liverpool’s Mo Salah leaves the field in tears after clashing with Sergio Ramos in the first half. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
Liverpool’s Mo Salah leaves the field in tears after clashing with Sergio Ramos in the first half. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

The opening goal six minutes into the second half was as farcical

as the winner was fabulous – Karim Benzema the beneficiary of goalkeeping

incompetence from Karius, much like he was against

Bayern Munich and Sven Ulreich in the semi-finals.
Sadio Mane found a swift response for Liverpool but Bale,

benched frequently on the big occasions this term,

had other ideas.

Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick came just moments after he had come off the Real Madrid bench as a substitute. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick came just moments after he had come off the Real Madrid bench as a substitute. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

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Karius had no chance on that occasion but seven minutes from time he

pushed the Welshman’s speculative drive tamely into his net,

confirming Madrid as European champions for the 13th time in their illustrious history.

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