Rocking the social media world recently is the awaited final battle of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Liverpool that was held in Kiev, Ukraine. Following many controversial moments in the match, Real Madrid triumphed over the Reds with a 3-1 score.
Gareth Bale stole the spotlights from other players of great names as he netted two sublime finishes after entering the field on the 61st minutes in which sank Liverpool’s hope for the silver trophy. His flying, acrobatic volley, only two minutes after coming on, will go straight into the list of the greatest all-time goals in a Champions League final.
Mo Salah, on the other hand, walked off his remarkable run this season on the first half of the game due to a shoulder injury after being shaken up by the Real Madrid skipper, Sergio Ramos. That blow could conceivably put the Egyptian out of the World Cup, too. They had started so excitingly but all their early momentum was lost once Salah went off. It never properly came back and the players in red took a long to adjust to being without the man who had scored 44 times this season only for the team. Without Salah, the Reds offensive sides lost its fang, while Real Madrid team was just starting to get warmed up.
With Loris Karius, who seemed nervous protecting the goal, producing two major goalkeeping mistakes that gave an easy lead to the Spanish giants, Liverpool’s started with the opening goal when he came to the edge of his penalty area to collect a ball and quickly distribute it back as if unaware that Benzema was still lurking. The striker was able to flick out a boot to intercept the throw.
They may be second best to Barcelona of late domestically, but Real Madrid has proven to make another history in Europe. It is now three titles in succession to match Bayern Munich’s feat from 1974-76 and no team has won more than Real Madrid, with 13 Champions League crowns overall. Congratulations Los Blancos!