Champions League - Final
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Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Reds beaten in Paris as Vinicius Jr hits winner

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Stade de France
Real Madrid are champions of Europe for a record 14th time

Liverpool's bid to claim the Champions League trophy for the seventh time ended in bitter disappointment as Vinicius Jr's second-half winner gave Real Madrid victory in Paris.

Jurgen Klopp's side ran into a one-man wall of defiance as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced one of the great individual performances to thwart Liverpool time and again.

Mohamed Salah, seeking revenge for his early departure through injury in the 2018 final against Real, was denied six times by Courtois who was simply unbeatable.

The victory also sees Carlo Ancelotti make history by becoming the first coach to win a fourth Champions League title.

Real were always a threat and the decisive moment came after 59 minutes when Vinicius stole in unmarked at the far post to score.

This was also a final marred by chaotic scenes outside Stade de France with thousands of Liverpool fans, some targeted with pepper spray by French police, unable to get into the stadium, forcing the kick-off to be delayed by more than 30 minutes.

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Liverpool's magnificent season brought them the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup - both won on penalties against Chelsea - but ended in a double disappointment in the final week of a stellar campaign.

The Champions League might have eased the agony of just missing out on the Premier League to Manchester City by one point, only for Liverpool to find themselves on the wrong end of a goalkeeping masterclass from Courtois.

The Belgian was simply perfect as he was a constant thorn in Salah's side, turned Sadio Mane's shot on to the post brilliantly and commanded his penalty area with faultless handling.

Salah held his head in disbelief on many occasions as Courtois manned the barricade for Real, leaving the Egyptian to nurse the pain of another Champions League final defeat by the Spanish giants.

Mohamed Salah was denied several times by Thibaut Courtois

Liverpool were not quite at their best and eventually paid the price for not taking chances as Real pounced in trademark fashion to win this tournament for a record-extending 14th time.

Klopp's side could not have given any more as they pushed to the final whistle but looked jaded towards the end - no surprise given the demands made of them this season.

Liverpool will still take huge credit by maintaining a push for an historic quadruple until the final week of the season but the conclusion will sting.

The occasion left even more of a sour taste given the events outside Stade de France. Liverpool are demanding a full investigation into how thousands of their fans could not get into the stadium, with dangerous numbers packed into small areas as kick-off approached.

Real Madrid kings of Europe again

Real Madrid have been living by the skin of their teeth in the Champions League this season, but any side that beats Paris St- Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to reach their goal answers every question.

This is a side that knows how to get the job done, no matter how late they leave it, no matter how much the odds seem stacked against them.

Real are bolstered by years of experience and quality that gives them concrete-clad self-belief that has seen them navigate their way out of so many tight situations.

And what a moment for their legendary coach Ancelotti, who was brought back to the Bernabeu from Everton a year ago and has won La Liga and the Champions League on his return.

Ancelotti can now lay claim to history with that fourth triumph, once again showing his mastery of managing egos and high-class players who respond to the vastly experienced Italian's promptings.

He was the most relaxed man in Paris at his pre-match press conference, oozing confidence, and can now look back at two Champions League wins over Liverpool, here and for AC Milan in 2007, after losing in the so-called miracle of Istanbul in 2005.

Ancelotti is one of the greats and has proved it again.

Player of the match

CourtoisThibaut Courtois

with an average of 8.87

Liverpool

  1. Squad number5Player nameKonaté
    Average rating

    6.16

  2. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    5.56

  3. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    5.44

  4. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    5.39

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    5.33

  6. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    5.32

  7. Squad number23Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    5.18

  8. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    5.14

  9. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    5.12

  10. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    5.03

  11. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    4.74

  12. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    4.52

  13. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    4.42

  14. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    3.74

Real Madrid

  1. Squad number1Player nameCourtois
    Average rating

    8.87

  2. Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior
    Average rating

    7.32

  3. Squad number2Player nameCarvajal
    Average rating

    7.28

  4. Squad number9Player nameBenzema
    Average rating

    7.04

  5. Squad number14Player nameCasemiro
    Average rating

    7.03

  6. Squad number10Player nameModric
    Average rating

    6.89

  7. Squad number15Player nameValverde
    Average rating

    6.84

  8. Squad number3Player nameEder Militão
    Average rating

    6.74

  9. Squad number4Player nameAlaba
    Average rating

    6.73

  10. Squad number23Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    6.60

  11. Squad number8Player nameKroos
    Average rating

    6.58

  12. Squad number19Player nameDani Ceballos
    Average rating

    5.96

  13. Squad number25Player nameCamavinga
    Average rating

    5.94

  14. Squad number21Player nameRodrygo
    Average rating

    5.71

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Konaté
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forKeïtaat 77'minutes
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 62mins
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forFirminoat 77'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 10Mané
  • 23DíazSubstituted forJotaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keïta
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 32Matip
  • 62Kelleher
  • 67Elliott

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3Militão
  • 4Alaba
  • 23Mendy
  • 10ModricSubstituted forCeballosat 90'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forCamavingaat 85'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forRodrygoat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 7E Hazard
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Bale
  • 19Ceballos
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 22Isco
  • 24Mariano
  • 25Camavinga
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home24
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 0, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Naby Keïta (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Naby Keïta (Liverpool).

  6. Post update

    Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Rodrygo replaces Vinícius Júnior.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Naby Keïta.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos replaces Luka Modric.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool).

  12. Post update

    Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Eduardo Camavinga.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Eduardo Camavinga replaces Federico Valverde because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabinho.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Naby Keïta (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

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