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Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League winner's medal on Saturday (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League winner's medal on Saturday
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League winner's medal on Saturday (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
I want to punish him, I want to show I’m better - Makwan Amirkhani
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
I want to punish him, I want to show I’m better - Makwan Amirkhani
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
I want to punish him, I want to show I’m better - Makwan Amirkhani
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
I want to punish him, I want to show I’m better - Makwan Amirkhani
Jade Morris caught up with UFC Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani ahead of UFC Liverpool
Brad Keselowski (22) battles with Kyle Busch (18) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series
Brad Keselowski (22) battles with Kyle Busch (18) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Crew members perform a pit stop on driver Kyle Busch's car during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series
Crew members perform a pit stop on driver Kyle Busch's car during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Brad Keselowski, front left, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series
Brad Keselowski, front left, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Garrett Smithley (0) spins in Turn 4 as Kyle Busch (18) drives past during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series
Garrett Smithley (0) spins in Turn 4 as Kyle Busch (18) drives past during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Brad Keselowski poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series
Brad Keselowski poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Stephen Leicht (55) spins in Turn 4 as Michael Annett (5) and Josh Bilicki (45) try to drive past during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series
Stephen Leicht (55) spins in Turn 4 as Michael Annett (5) and Josh Bilicki (45) try to drive past during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Brad Keselowski won in overtime over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.
Brad Keselowski wins Xfinity race at Charlotte in overtime finish
Brad Keselowski won in overtime over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.
Brad Keselowski won in overtime over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.
Brad Keselowski wins Xfinity race at Charlotte in overtime finish
Brad Keselowski won in overtime over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.
Liverpool superstar in tears as he has to leave the UCL final early with his World Cup participation in serious doubt.
Mohamed Salah injured in Champions League final
Liverpool superstar in tears as he has to leave the UCL final early with his World Cup participation in serious doubt.
Liverpool superstar in tears as he has to leave the UCL final early with his World Cup participation in serious doubt.
Mohamed Salah injured in Champions League final
Liverpool superstar in tears as he has to leave the UCL final early with his World Cup participation in serious doubt.
Cleveland Indians' Andrew Miller reacts as he leaves the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
Indians reliever Miller back on DL, has knee inflammation
Cleveland Indians' Andrew Miller reacts as he leaves the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
Indians reliever Miller back on DL, has knee inflammation
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.
Real Madrid make it three in a row after Loris Karius calamities destroy Liverpool's hopes: live updates
Mohamed Salah in tears as Champions League final ends in early injury heartbreak By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to make it that way. An outrageous divergence of fortunes on European football’s biggest night, when Bale came on and changed once again the trajectory of his career with a first goal that was good enough to win all three of the Champions League finals which Real Madrid have collected in the last three years. The Welshman rose from the bench on 61 minutes, scored twice and played the Cristiano Ronaldo role with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, thoroughly upstaged. Bale’s first, an overhead kick two minutes after coming on was applauded by Zinedine Zidane in the knowledge that his swivel and volley goal in the 2002 final at Hampden Park has now been eclipsed as arguably the greatest goal ever scored on this stage. The second from Bale was a catastrophe for Karius, a swish of a boot from Bale from 40 yards out that was straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper’s nose and yet one that he then slapped into his own goal. The first Madrid goal had been Karius’s fault too, a ball thrown against Karim Benzema’s outstretched foot that you would be disappointed to concede in the Monday night five-a-side. And then in the meantime there was Mohamed Salah, walking off in tears on 29 minutes after being thrown to the ground by Sergio Ramos. If it could do wrong then it did go wrong for Liverpool, and in the end the 13th European Cup for Madrid never truly looked in doubt. This was not Salah’s night, and it was not Ronaldo’s night, it was Bale’s night, five years after he joined the club, collecting his fourth European Cup title and coming back from the shadows to take centre-stage. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble The entanglement between Salah and Sergio Ramos was one of those moments that might have passed without mention until when you watched it again and again and the nature of the damage was obvious. The natural assumption was that Ramos meant it, that he knew that to trap Salah’s right arm and twist him over so he fell in a precipitous headfirst downward motion – neck and shoulder crushed into the turf – was all planned. That is what Ramos is perceived to be, the great cynical win-at-all-costs merchant with a diabolical plan for every occasion. Yet, it is hard to say for sure that he wanted to inflict such obvious discomfort on Liverpool’s star player that when Salah went down for the second time in agony from his left shoulder that he came up shedding tears. Sure, Ramos locked that right arm of Salah’s for longer than might be supposed meaning that the Liverpool man could not break his fall, and he sent him down like a wrestler onto the mat headfirst. Whether he intended such damage is hard to say. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images It was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing, and the Spanish side finished the half with 65 per cent of the possession. When Liverpool did break forward they were urgent and they did have the one attempt on target of the first half, a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold that Keylor Navas saved easily. That was arguably their best moment of the first half on 23 minutes when Andy Robertson was released down the left after an exchange with Sadio Mane and his cross was first controlled and struck goalward by Roberto Firmino. When that was blocked it came to Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971. Salah’s shoulder slam into the turf came just two minutes later and his departure threw his team-mates. They have become so used to the power he gives them over opposing sides that they struggled for confidence in the late stages of the first half and his replacement Adam Lallana, who had previously played 16 minutes since the end of March, needed time to adjust to the pace of the game. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS In the closing stages of the half Karim Benzema had the ball in the Liverpool goal after Loris Karius had elected to punch Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but the latter had already been flagged offside. Generally Liverpool had looked confident in defence, led by Virgil Van Dijk in the centre while Dejan Lovren had almost put Ronaldo into the halfway line television camera within 30 seconds of the kick-off. But the pace of the first half was dictated by Madrid. There were times when they were sloppy with the ball, and Ronaldo switched from the left to the right too little effect in the first 45 minutes. Yet Madrid had so much of the ball that when it did finally fall into Liverpool’s possession they were too eager move it quickly when they might just have granted themselves some time in control. Their best period before the break was the first ten minutes when Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Firmino combined at different times to open up the left side of Madrid’s defence. Their passing was crisp and it felt they were tuning up for something more dangerous when Madrid gradually seized control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have taken when Lallana failed to get the ball away and it dropped for the Madrid man in the area. That time Karius was stranded and could do nothing about the outcome although the Benzema goal was a different story. The German had the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangled a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution and got the full force of it. It dribbled off Benzema’s foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal in a second when many might have looked away from the match. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 They looked up to see Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Jurgen Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Sadio Mane to squeeze in. Bale had come on after the hour for Isco, who had not taken his chances and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. His second of the night was a disaster for Karius who slumped to the floor at the end of the game, and Bale was one of the first to try to pick him off the turf. 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.