PARIS (Reuters) – Real Madrid secured a record-breaking 14th European Cup defeat to Liverpool 1-0 in a Champions League final more than half an hour late after they tried to block attempts to reach Stade de France on Saturday.
Just an hour before Real’s first attempt, Vinicius Jr. scored and their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved several penalties for denying Liverpool, who failed to win the Premier League after finishing the season with two domestic cups.
In the European heavyweights fight, Jগrgen Klopp’s side had more chances but lack of sharpness when it came to important because Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach to enjoy four European Cup wins, winning two trophies with AC Milan and Real, losing to Liverpool’s Bob Paisley and Real’s Zinedine Zidane. Zidane.
“I am just a record man. My luck was to come here last year and had a fantastic season. A great club, a really good squad with a lot of quality and mental character, “said Ancelotti, a team that came from behind to reach the final against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.
It was Real’s La Liga title as Real’s fourth Champions League crown in seven years as they improved on their record in the competition with their eighth win in the final.
Liverpool were looking forward to their seventh European Cup win but despite their best efforts they were amazed at Cortois’ great performance.
“No one in the dressing room thinks it was a great season at the moment,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose team beat Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup and League Cup.
“We played a good game, not a perfect game, but I don’t think a perfect game would have been possible the way the opponent was set up with a deep formation.
“We had a lot of shots but not clear and Thibaut Courtois made two maximum saves.”
The final was scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, but European football’s governing body UEFA moved it to Paris after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in what Moscow called a “special operation”.
The game began after a 35-minute delay after an incident outside the stadium when fans were thrown tear-gas by riot police as ticketless people tried to force their way into. [L1N2XK09D]
Liverpool won the previous European Cup final, both teams played in Paris, winning 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in 1981, Real’s final defeat in the final.
Liverpool were little favorites on Saturday but Real lost to Merseyside for the second time in a row after their 3-1 win in 2018.
Liverpool started the game by pushing on the pitch, quickly wanting to feed their entire back and the pressure on the Real back line increased.
Mo Salah was picked up by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the box but Cortois stretched out to deny the Egyptian.
Sadio Mane came even closer when he was haunted before he tipped Eder Militao and Casimiro’s terrific effort into the great Cortoya post in the 21st minute.
Liverpool, however, were not sharp enough to attack and Real’s only chance in the first half was to intimidate Liverpool but Karim Benzema’s effort was thwarted when the video assistant referee ruled that he was offside, despite Fabinho’s deviation Federico playing at Valvarde. .
Liverpool came back early in the second half but Real got wet under pressure until the strike in the 59th minute.
It all started when Luka Modric smartly moved away from Andy Robertson to create space, and Valverde’s pinpoint-driven pass was turned into Vinicius.
Cortois then dived in to keep Real ahead with a great tip on Salah’s curling effort.
The Belgian defender was again impeccable. 10 minutes before Salah was denied, his happy teammates jumped on his hand to show their gratitude on the last whistle.
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