Real Madrid create history as they beat Liverpool 3-1
It has happened before, and it has happened again. Real Madrid are the Champions League winner for the year 2017/18 and created a new record by lifting the trophy thrice in as many years since the inception of the edition. A final that has Real Madrid playing in it can never be boring, and again in Kiev the crowd witnessed a rollercoaster of emotions as they saw Salah leave the field in tears after a coming together with Sergio Ramos, Karius making an atrocious mistake which saw Benzema score, Bale score a stunning overhead kick, and again Karius with a moment of humiliation.
Liverpool started brightly and as expected they went with their high press, and the Madrid players except Modric and Benzema found it difficult to string passes. This period came to an end when a fairly innocuous challenge at first resulted in a shoulder injury to Salah. Salah had locked his hands with Ramos and the burly centre back won the ball then took him down rather intentionally but it was unfortunate for Salah to fall down shoulder first. This is where the game started to swing in Madrid’s favour but it remained goalless after the first 45 minutes. It was Karius who helped Real open the scoring when an innocuous delivery sent to him saw Benzema find the net. He opted to play a pass to Van Dijk but Benzema’s outstretched leg got a touch and resulted in a bizarre goal. Then came Bale after Iscowas withdrawn and the very next minute he popped up with one of the best Champions League final goals ever scored. Bale doubled the lead after his thunderous effort was somehow parried into the net by Karius.
Real Madrid wasn’t at their fluent best, but they have shown the World why they are the Champions of Europe.
Ronaldo gives the Los Blancos a momentary scare
Ronaldo never shies away from hogging the limelight, and in Kiev after a fairly quiet evening he caused a stir in the fear of Madrid fans when he said to a Spanish TV Channel that he felt great to play for Madrid and would discuss his future soon. This comment did not go down well with the players, but Ramos and Perez reiterated that Ronaldo is here to stay. However, after arriving at the capital and speaking to the fans, Ronaldo appreciated the crowd and then completed his speech by staying “until next time”. This has given the Merengues a sigh of relief and this may be one of those futile rumours that airs after every season.
Mohammed Salah may feature for Egypt
The Egyptian God of Football saw himself leaving the field in tears after a shoulder injury, but he has given the people of Liverpool hope that he will carry his nation to the World Cup, and will feature in it. He may not well play the fixture against Uruguay but he has promised to make sure he ends up participating. Salah’s recovery has transcended every bounds as football fans from all over the World are praying for him to carry Egypt.