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Real Madrid Beat Liverpool 1-0 To Win 14th Record-Extending Champions League Title -By ASC


Vinicius Junior scored the deciding goal as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris to win their 14th record-adding title. The Brazilian striker sent in a Fede Valverde cross from close range in the 59th minute to give Los Blancos the lead and Thibaut Courtois ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s side never found a way back, denying several Liverpool attempts into goal throughout the match.

It was a sad end to a fruitful season for Liverpool, where they ended up playing every game they could. They won two domestic Cups (League Cup and FA Cup) and finished second behind Manchester City in the Premier League with lone points.

Liverpool had more than 20 tries, and 9 of them into goal, but could not make them count because Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois was exceptional that night.

Real Madrid instead won La Liga en masse and added another European crown to their cabinet. It was a season that saw Real Madrid overcome stiff challenges in all knockout rounds of the Champions League. It started with a win from behind over Paris St Germain in the round of 16, followed by the final win of the second leg, on aggregate, against Chelsea in the quarter -finals. His script remained unchanged, even more dramatic, when Los Blancos scored two late goals to beat Manchester City in the semi -finals to reach the top clash.

The Story Of Missing Opportunity For Liverpool

Liverpool started the match with their high-pressure game, which almost caught Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as early as the third minute of the match, as the Belgian had to make a hurried release.

Madrid tried to match fire with fire with Benzema and Vinicius Jr pushing hard. Liverpool however were the first to adjust to the pace when the trio of Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho went down to their passing game.

Liverpool continued to investigate and made a number of attacks into the Madrid box in the first 15 minutes, but failed to threaten Courtois’ goal.

Madrid as expected are sitting deep and looking to break the counter-attack, relying on the raging rhythm of Vinicius and Benzema.

And the Reds who got the first goal in 16ke minutes when Alexander Arnold’s square ball from inside the Madrid box found its way past the defender to reach Mohamed Salah, whose weak shot managed to test Courtoi, who jumped to the left to make an important save.

This was followed by two consecutive shots towards goal from Thiago and Salah, but both shots were easily saved by the Madrid keeper.

Liverpool almost took the lead in the 21st minute when Sadio Mane released a violent right foot, only for Courtois to deflect the ball into the goal post with his right arm outstretched. The Belgian then picked up the ball that fell out of the reach of all the other players.

Madrid almost had Vinicius run into goal on the 30thke minutes when Toni Kroos sent a pass that split the defense with the Brazilian overlapping, only for Alexander-Arnold to make a timely interception to end the move.

One had the best chance at half-time when Alexander-Arnold found it inside the Madrid box with a perfect cross from the right, but the Egyptian’s header was right on Courtois.

Vinicius Jr had a chance in 36ke minutes when he dribbled past several Liverpool defenders in the box, but Henderson was around to kick the ball out to make a corner kick before the Brazilian could fire.

But Real Madrid had the ball behind the net first when Benzema fired in from close range after Liverpool had attacked the defense. A long VAR check even pushed the net and it remained 0-0 at half-time. The move though only gives a glimpse of how dangerous Madrid would be, if they let go of Benzema into goal.

Los Blancos started the second half well when they sent the ball better with the midfield controlling everything. But it wasn’t long before Liverpool’s pressing game caused them to struggle and Alexander-Arnold again, which made Courtois work hard to maintain a threatening pass.

And it was Real Madrid who made Liverpool pay for their missed chances when Vinicius Jr scored on 59ke minutes. Andy Robertson’s out-of-position position allowed Fede Valverde to run to the right wing and he put a measured pass into the box, which Alexander-Arnold failed to parse at the far post, and that allowed Vinicius an easy shot to give the Spanish giants the lead.

Courtois was called back into action at 64ke minutes when Salah produced a bit of an individual miracle, went inside and let go of the threatening left leg, only for the Belgian guard’s right hand to reach out to make the rescue.

The match opened after a goal with Liverpool increased in number to find the equalizer. That allowed space in the back and Vinicius was seen breaking in the counter several times.

Alexander-Arnold remained at the center of most of Liverpool’s movements but the Real Madrid player showed great technical acumen to keep the tempo of the match low.

Casemiro had a great chance to increase Madrid’s lead as he was right in front of goal at the end of a repeated free-kick, but his first touch disappointed him.

Liverpool are back almost at 80ke minutes when a deflection from Diogo Jota went into goal but Courtois was available to turn it around for a corner kick.

Mo Salah almost approached at 82nd minutes when he shot towards goal from close range after being brilliantly fed on the right wing with a looped pass. But Courtois made another brilliant save.

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Madrid defended gallantly for the remainder of the match and closed it out to clinch an incredible win in a season when many believed they hadn’t played in a few times.

Courtois became the first goalkeeper to make 9 saves in a Champions League final.

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