Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final

Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final

The title is the 13th European championship for Real, who became the first team to win three successive finals in the Champions League era.

Real had their own injury blow with right-back Dani Carvajal having to go off, replaced by Nacho in the 37th, and ended the half with Benzema's effort being disallowed for offside after Cristiano Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius.

"Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions".

Karim Benzema struck a freakish opening goal on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane. The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League.

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Liverpool were rocked 30 minutes into the tie in Kiev as their talisman Mo Salah left the field in tears with a shoulder injury.

The Egyptian has a suspected dislocated shoulder.

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Mohamed Salah's injury in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat is "serious" according to Jurgen Klopp, but Egypt are confident he will be fit for the World Cup.

That was as good as it got, though, Bale nearly single-handedly turning the tide back in Madrid's direction after coming on just past the hour.

The Spanish side took the lead just three minutes later, when French striker Karim Benzema took advantage of what appeared to be a blunder by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Klopp's side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mané turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner's corner.

As the second half got under way, Real Madrid came close to opening the score when a shot by Isco hit the woodwork at the 48th minute.

Karius suffered further humiliation when Bale's 83rd minute long-range strike slipped through his hands to put the match out of reach.

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