More records await Ronaldo in Champions League final

More records await Ronaldo in Champions League final

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale scored a jaw-dropping overhead kick and a long distance strike to give them a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday, delivering a remarkable third consecutive title for the Spaniards.

For Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp this was a sixth successive loss in a final, including a 2013 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund coach.

Real Madrid took the lead after fifty minutes through Karim Benzema after the first howler of the night from Karius.

A 13th European title for Real on Saturday would see Bale equal the record of Champions League wins, or its European Cup predecessor, by a British player.

Ronaldo's header from Isco's cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.

He said: "I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season".

"We must be at our best level to win this but nobody believes we are the favourites, you can not think like that for any final".

Real manager, Zinedine Zidane, had been pondering whether to use Bale or Isco.

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Bale added to that goal with a big helping hand - quite literally - from Karius, who palmed a long-range shot from Bale into his own net on 84 minutes.

Klopp mused before the game that Real Madrid's substitutes could make a Champions League final themselves and how right he was given Bale's impact.

For Zidane, victory in Ukraine puts the former France great in an elite field alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as a three-time European Cup victor.

Apart from that early Isco chance, it was all Liverpool in the opening stages as they showed real urgency and hunger to win every single ball. In contrast to Karius, the underrated Keylor Navas made a series of important saves and catches to keep Liverpool out before Real scored.

Real Madrid have been way off the pace in La Liga.

Four minutes later, Sadio Mane nets his tenth UCL goal of the season to bring Liverpool level.

The game exploded into life in the second half, when Real took the lead in weird fashion.

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