Real Madrid vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

Real Madrid vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

A win Saturday would give Real Madrid an unprecedented third-straight Champions League title.

Jurgen Klopp's and Liverpool's own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

"I've had an fantastic season in the Champions League", said Ronaldo, who has scored a record 120 goals in the competition overall. Tonight they were the better team and were able to take full advantage of the chances that came their way.

Liverpool's talismanic forward Mohamed Salah was forced off in the first half with a suspected dislocated shoulder after tangling with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, while Real defender Dani Carvajal also left the pitch in tears after getting injured before halftime. He is replaced by Adam Lallana. Now, the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and even his old club Tottenham (they reportedly have first refusal if he returns to England) will start making calls to Bale's agent.

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After collecting a through ball from Toni Kroos, Karius attempted to throw the ball out only for Benzema to stretch a leg out and poke the ball home.

Liverpool fans will be ruing the performance of German goalkeeper Loris Karius, who made two crucial blunders which lead to goals, including Bale's second and Benzema's opener.

But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale. Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane but the five-time European champions were only fleetingly back in the game.

"I can see that he is feeling very good, he'll be at 150 percent although if he is 149 percent that's ok", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said of his talisman on Friday. Bale got the decisive goal, then added his second in the 83rd when Karius fumbled a long-range shot into the net.

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