Many professional and even more unprofessional comments have emerged on the internet and elsewhere by now about the third consecutive Champions League triumph of Real Madrid, as they were victorious in last Saturday’s final, 3-1 over Liverpool FC.
The following is my attempt to add a more or less objective analysis of the match to the conversation, given that some time has passed and especially, given the fact that my team was not in the final to begin with.
Liverpool’s Reds had the better of a refreshingly lively beginning to the game. The fact that both sides seemed to reject the usual cautious approach, generally chosen for these occasions, seemed to suit the English team.
Yet unfortunately for them, Liverpool did not take advantage of being the better team in the early exchanges. To make things worse, they lost their best player in Mohamed Salah to injury around the half-hour mark.
That was a complete game changer, as Real Madrid seemed to take charge of the final from that moment on. But the first half still ended scoreless.
Early on in the second period, Madrid striker Karim Benzema took advantage of a misplaced ball by Reds keeper Loris Karius, to give his team the 1-0 lead.
Soon after that, Sadio Mané equalized for Liverpool ,1-1!
Just beyond the hour-mark, Gareth Bale entered the game for Real. He made a near immediate impact with a beautiful bicycle kick that gave the side from the Spanish capital the 2-1 lead.
They added to this lead just before the end, as a somewhat harmless Bale shot from long distance, made its way from Karius’ hands into the goal,3-1.
With this victory, Real Madrid secured its third consecutive Champions League title and its 13th European crown overall. They are the only team in the modern era with more than one title back to back in the Champions League.