Liverpool and Real Madrid teams 'leaked' ahead of Champions League final

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29-Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's season is over as he walk off the field in tears unable to go on with what appears to be a shoulder injury suffered earlier in the game.

Nothing, however, will linger in the memory longer than Bale's first goal - applauded by the Liverpool fans - and the mistakes of the beaten goalkeeper.

For once, Bale overshadowed teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a quiet game in the Ukrainian capital.

Or, indeed, if Salah had not been forced off after only half an hour with a badly damaged left shoulder, an injury that undeniably turned the match in Madrid's favour. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall. A win Saturday would see them victors three consecutive years, the first team to do so since Germany's Bayern Munich won the then-called European Cup final from 1974-76.

Gareth Bale scores twice after coming off the bench as Real Madrid defeat Liverpool 3-1 in Champions League final in Kiev.

At the very highest level, the best players perform. "There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and has achieved something historic", Ronaldo was reported by the publication Goal as saying. His deputy, Simon Mignolet, is also not good enough, so Jurgen Klopp must bite the bullet this summer and invest heavily on a top keeper. Nobody expected us to be here but we are because we are Liverpool.

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Salah was replaced by Adam Lallana after 30 minutes, and the Reds went on to lose 3-1. But no one has achieved the feat faster - with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game's biggest club prize.

39-Real Madrid earns its first corner of the game.

Real thought they had taken the lead just before half-time when Benzema, preferred to Bale, turned in from close range after Ronaldo's header was parried by Karius - but an offside flag cut short the celebrations.

If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.

But despite spells of Real possession, Liverpool were not overawed.


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