11 Jun 2022 | 08:51 | Football
PARIS –Real Madrid won a record 14th European Cup Open as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in one Champions League Final was delayed for more than half an hour after police tried to stop people trying to enter the Stade de France on Saturday.
Vinicius Junior scored an hour before Real’s first attempt and their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made some brilliant saves to deny Liverpool, who finished the season with two domestic cups. Can’t win the Premier League either.
In the battle with heavyweights in Europe, Juergen Klopp’s army had more opportunities but lacked sharpness when it was important that Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach to win the Champions League four times. after winning the cup twice with AC Milan and Real, beating Liverpool’s Bob Paisley and Real’s Zinedine. Zidane.
“I am a record holder. I was lucky enough to come here last year and have a great season. A great club, a really good squad with a lot of quality and spirit,” said Ancelotti of a team that came from behind against Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City to reach the final.
It was the LaLiga title that saw Real win their fourth Champions League in seven years as they improved on their impressive record in the competition with their eighth win in as many finals.
Liverpool are looking for a seventh Champions League trophy but despite their best efforts, they still have to marvel at Courtois’ stellar performance.
“In the dressing room, nobody feels it’s been a great season at the moment,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who beat Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup and League Cup.
“We played a good game, not a perfect match, but I don’t think a perfect match will happen the way the opponent has set up with a squad with depth.
“We had a lot of shots but weren’t the clearest and Thibaut Courtois made two excellent saves.”
The final was due to take place in St Petersburg but European football’s governing body UEFA moved it to Paris after Russia invaded Ukraine, which Moscow called a ‘special operation’.
The match started after 35 minutes of delay following an incident outside the stadium when fans were pepper sprayed by riot police as people without tickets tried to squeeze in. [L1N2XK09D]
Liverpool had won the previous European Cup final, which both teams had played in Paris, winning 1–0 at the Parc des Princes in 1981, which was Real’s last defeat in a final.
Liverpool were the mild favorites on Saturday but Real beat the Merseyside club for the second time in a row following a 3-1 win in 2018.
Liverpool started the game by pushing up the pitch, looking to quickly attack their full-backs, and the pressure on Real’s backline became enormous.
Mo Salah was crossed by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area but Courtois stretched to deny the Egyptian player.
Sadio Mane edged much closer as he edged past Eder Militao and Casemiro before his fierce effort was sent into the post by the brilliant Courtois in the 21st minute.
Liverpool, however, were not aggressive enough in attack and Real’s only chance in the first half terrified Liverpool but Karim Benzema’s effort was ruled out after the Video Assistant Referee ruled that he was offside. position, was brought on by Federico Valverde despite a block from Fabinho .
Liverpool came back early in the second half but Real increased the pressure until they attacked in the 59th minute.
It all started when Luka Modric cleverly rejected Andy Robertson to create space and ended with Valverde’s precise pass to the post which was diverted by Vinicius.
Courtois then dived to head off Salah’s superb effort to give Real the lead.
The Belgian goalkeeper was impeccable once again in denying Salah 10 minutes before his teammates happily jumped into his arms to show their gratitude as the final whistle blew.
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