It was one of the most highly anticipated UEFA Champions League finals in recent years, as holders Real Madrid met five-time winners Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday. The Spanish giants were looking to claim the title for a third year in a row, while the Reds were aiming to win Europe’s top club prize for the first time since 2005.
Real Madrid and Liverpool met in the final of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League on Saturday.
In a dramatic contest at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Real Madrid claimed a third-straight Champions League title with a 3-1 victory over the Reds. It was the 14th time that the Spanish giants were crowned kings of Europe.
This victory also earned Zinedine Zidane’s side a return to the FIFA Club World Cup as Europe’s representative later this year, with Real Madrid looking to defend the world title they won in the UAE in late 2017.
A goalless first half proved notable for injuries to Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal that forced them out of Saturday’s final. Karim Benzema then gave the Spaniards the lead shortly after the break before Sadio Mane levelled matters for the Reds.
It was substitute Gareth Bale that proved to be Real Madrid’s hero, as he scored a spectacular winner shortly after coming into the match before striking a late second goal to seal victory for Los Merengues.