Liverpool are beaten in the Champions League final after a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in Paris.
The Reds dominated much of the first half with Thibault Courtois of Real Madrid making saves, but it was the Spanish champions who came closest to breaking the deadlock with a goal from Karim Benzema refused after a long delay for a VAR check.
Brazilian winger Jose Vinicius Junior put Real Madrid ahead in the 59th minute, following a driven forward by Federico Valverde.
Liverpool were given a chance to change things around.
It was enough to secure the Spanish giant’s 14th Champions League title.
But the start of the match was marred by major delays because Liverpool fans could not get to the stadium, some until half time, and tear gas was used on crowds trying to get into the match.
‘If Real Madrid play finals, they will win’
The Real Madrid goalkeeper told BT Sport after the match: “I told my friends yesterday that if Real Madrid finals they play they will win. I’m on the right side of history.
“Today I had to win a final for my career, for all the hard work to put respect on my behalf, because I do not think I have enough respect, especially in England.”
He added: “I saw a lot of criticism, even after a great season, that I was not good enough or anything.
“I’m just happy and proud of the team’s achievements. We kept going and when I had to be there, I was there for the team.
“I think we have beaten the best clubs in the world; (Manchester) City and Liverpool were unbelievable this season.
“They fought until the end in the Premier League and Liverpool won two cups. Today they were really strong.
“I played a great game, that was the difference today because we had one important chance and we scored it.”
‘I’m the record holder’
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed his team’s victory as he became the first manager to win the Champions League for the fourth time.
“I can not believe it. We’ve had a fantastic season,” he said.
“We suffered a lot in the first half, but in the end we deserved to win this league.
“I’m the record man. I was lucky to come here last year and found as usual a fantastic club with a really good team with a lot of quality and mental character.
“The season was great.”
‘We’re going again’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has promised to return next season and “go back”.
“These guys played an excellent season,” said Klopp, whose team will go on a parade through Liverpool on Sunday.
“The two leagues we could not win, we did not do for the smallest possible margin: one point, 1-0.
“City in the season they were one point better and last night Madrid was one goal better. That says nothing about us.
“The difference between 2018 and now is that I see us again.”
‘In absolute defensive masterclass’
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who lifted the trophy in 2005, said Real Madrid’s performance was “phenomenal”.
“They have placed an absolute defensive masterclass today,” said the Aston Villa boss.
“Yes, the goalkeeper got man of the match, but when you look at the detail of defending a man over the field, their distances, their form and the calmness under pressure.
“Yes, they were outplayed for 40 minutes, but in the 90 minutes … yes, their goalkeeper sometimes helped them out, but against a man across the field they always defended so well.”
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