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THREE-PEAT: Bale Fires Real Madrid Past Liverpool To Third Straight UCL Title

THREE-PEAT: Bale Fires Real Madrid Past Liverpool To Third Straight UCL Title

By James Agberebi:

Real Madrid have won a record 13th UEFA Champions League title after beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final played in Kiev on Saturday.


It was a night to forget for Liverpool keeper Loris Karius as two errors from him gifted Karim Benzema and substitute Gareth Bale which led to Madrid’s first and third goals respectively.

Despite Sadio Mane’s equaliser, Bale scored a superb bicycle kick to put Madrid 2-1 up.

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Since losing 1-0 to Liverpool in the 1981 Champions League final, Madrid have now won seven straight finals, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Madrid now become the first club to win Europe’s premier club competition three straight times since it was named the Champions League from European Cup.

They have now become the first club to win the Champions League three straight times since Bayern Munich last achieved the feat in 1974, 1975, 1976 (known then as European Cup).

Sergio Ramos is now the first player to captain his side to three Champions League final wins since Franz Beckenbauer with Bayern Munich in 1974, 1975, 1976.

It was a game that saw Liverpool parade the youngest starting eleven (26 years and 170 days) in a Champions League final since Borussia Dortmund in 2013 (25 years and 255 days), while Madrid lined up the same starting eleven that faced Juventus in last seasons’ final.

Madrid had the first big chance on 15 minutes through Ronaldo who raced down towards Liverpool goal only to see his shot go just over the bar.

Liverpool responded with their own attack on 23 minutes but Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low shot was well saved by Keylor Navas after Roberto Firmino’s initial effort was blocked.

Liverpool were dealt a huge blow as Mohamed Salah, their top scorer, went off with a shoulder injury on 30 minutes.

Madrid too suffered an injury setback as Dani Carvajal went off on 35 minutes and was replaced by Nacho.

Karim Benzema thought he had opened the scoring on 43 minutes but was flagged for offside after Ronaldo’s initial header was saved by Loris Karius.

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In first half added time, Benzema hit a low shot which went narrowly wide of the target.

Madrid should have opened scoring on 48 minutes only for Isco to see his stike come off the crossbar.

Benzema broke the deadlock on 51 minutes following a blunder by Liverpool keeper Karius who threw the ball against the French striker.

Liverpool were back on level terms on 55 minutes thanks to Mane who poked in Virgil van Dijk’s header from a corner.

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Isco had a big chance to put Madrid ahead on 61 minutes after turning inside the box from a right cross but Karius made a good reflex save.

Madrid took the lead again on 64 minutes off a spectacular overhead kick by substitute Bale.

Mane almost drew Liverpool back on level terms on 70 minutes but saw his low strike hit the post.

Karius pulled off a superb save on 81 minutes to deny Benzema from doubling Madrid’s lead.

In the 83rd minute, Madrid went 3-1 up following another mistake from Karius who fumbled Bale’s 25-yard strike.

Bale had a chance to go 4-1 up but he was denied by a brilliant block by a recovering Van Dijk as Jurgen Klopp lost his third straight final as Liverpool coach.

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  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Congratulations to Real Madrid.
    My point of views.

    Can Uzoho face the world?

    How about Ezenwa?

    Akpeyi is another one?

    What of Ajiboye?

    We all saw what happened to the Liverpool goalkeeper?

    I would advise coach Rohr to think twice before he chooses his three goalkeepers.

    The only goalkeeper that is up to the task is “Ajiboye”

    Another thing I noticed in tonight Champions league final was, without Muhammad Sarah, Liverpool was finished.

    Same thing goes with Mikel Obi.
    No Mikel, no Eagles. Therefore, our opponents are watching. Ramos took Muhammad Salah out of the match and Liverpool already finished the match before the final whistle.

    God forbid, if same thing happens to Mikel, who can step in to rescue the team?

    This is where coach Rohr already making mistakes by excluding Nwakeli juniorfrom the team and he will paid dearly for that.

    We can see now that one man team is not good?

    Well, an elder says a word is enough for the wise.

    “Meaning, we may be winning all our matches now but there is going to be a time that we are going to separate boys from men which is in the quarter finals or semis if we make it far in the tournament”.

    Hope we all still remembered what Poland did to us by clips down both wings? The match which they studied how we played and clips our wings down and Super Eagles struggles. Did we remember that?

    The truth is very bitter. Fingers crossed. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Attention…. Attention… Attention….NFF

    Another observation in tonight’s champions league between Real Madrid vs Liverpool.

    Kudos to NFF and the coaches
    Of the Super Eagles team.
    You have done very well.

    Please “CSN” the the NFF.
    NFF to make it known to the players of super Eagles team that they should change their mode of dressings.

    Everything is going well for Super Eagles team under the coach Rohr except for their dressings.

    Look at the Real Madrid team at the champions league final tonight, they dressed according to their club colour which was great and beautiful to watch on TV.

    Why Super Eagles can not see this as an example?

    Except for the Ezenwa and Ola Aina in the current team knows how to dress, the rest of the team doesn’t have a mode of dressings at all.

    Most of the Eagles players wearing Red, Orange and Pink boots on green and white green jersey which is a big shame.

    This year world cup Nigeria jerseys are beautiful and the players needs to matching the great kits with

    Lemon or
    The green and whites boots.

    As you can see on TV tonight, Real Madrid players were great on the screen

    Nigeria is big country which has a sense of dressing when it’s comes to fashion.

    What happened to this current team? I don’t know.

    We have a good team with great spirit which we all can be proud of but this is the only thing that is lacking in the current team. Their appearances is very important wherever they represent Nigeria.

    NFF Should please add this “APPEARANCE RULE” to their rules and regulations.

    We want to see new look of our players against England match before the world cup. Many thanks to you CSN and NFF. God bless 9ja fans. God bless Nigeria!!!