KIEV, Ukraine – From greatness to genuine legends, Real Madrid etched another title to its already fully loaded portfolio, beating Liverpool FC (3-1) during the finals of Champion League here.
For three consecutive years, the Los Blancos retain the EUFA Champions League crown. They beat Atletico Madrid in 2016, Juventus in 2017, and Liverpool in 2018, 3-1.
With the recent trophy, Real Madrid earned the title as the team with most won of the Champions League crown – a total of 13 in history.
Liverpool dominated the pitch during the early minutes of the game, firing shots after shots against the defending champion. But the entire match shifted after a devastating first-half injury of star Mohammad Salah.
The first half was goalless. But it was evident that the momentum was already shifting for the royal whites, recording an impressive 65-35 percent ball possession.
Real Madrid took the lead through a stunning howler from Loris Karius who cleaned up a simple ball, only to roll it into the path of Karim Benzema, who stuck his foot out and poked it into the goal.
Karius was the villain for Liverpool. His blunder will surely hunt him forever in his career. Gareth Bale was the hero for Real Madrid. He scored one of the greatest goals seen in Champions League history.
Bale entered the pitch in the 61st minute as substitute for Isco with scores level at 1-1. Within three minutes Bale sent the crowd at Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex into raptures with a spectacular, athletic bicycle kick which gave Real Madrid the lead.
On 83rd minute, the Welshman Samurai sealed the final with another winding long-range effort, with the ball slipping into the fingers of the helpless goalkeeper and find its way into the back of the net.
Before that, Liverpool was in the ascendancy. But after its confidence drained, Real grew in belief, its sheer confidence enough to carry it over the line, for the third time in three years, to victory, to glory, and to history.