Liverpool vs. Real Madrid result, highlights and analysis
Vinicius Jr scored the only goal as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final to become European champions for the 14th time.
Kickoff was delayed by more than half an hour amid security issues and organisational disarray outside the ground. Jurgen Klopp’s side started the brighter, with Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brilliantly tipping Sadio Mane’s 21st-minute strike against the post.
Shortly before half-time, Karim Benzema had the ball in the net for Los Blancos but a lengthy VAR check adjudged him to be offside.
Vinicius held his position perfectly at the back post, though, to survive a VAR examination and tap in Federico Valverde’s cross.
For the third cup final this season, Liverpool were unable to find the net — largely as a result of a performance for the ages from the magnificent Courtois.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid final score
MAD — Vinicius Jr. (Federico Valverde) — 59th min
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid as it happened
Full-time: REAL MADRID ARE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS FOR THE 14TH TIME!!!!!
90th minute +4: Madrid fan Rafael Nadal is a picture of calm in the stands. The recently substituted Modric is, by contrast, in something close to pieces in the dugout. Liverpool have a minute to salvage this.
90th minute +3: Mane wriggles his way to the byline to chip a cross but Militao heads clear.
90th minute +2: Benzema tees up Camavinga, who batters his shot miles over, which probably isn’t the worst idea right now. Vinicius makes way for Rodrygo. Will he end up being the matchwinner?
90th minute +1: Ceballos in on goal but makes a mess of it! Madrid corner and they’ll take their time.
90th minute: Modric makes way for Ceballos. There will be five minutes of injury time.
88th minute: Courtois holds an arcing Alexander-Arnold corner under extreme pressure from Konate. Of course he does.
87th minute: Camavinga is on for the tireless Valverde, who looks to have cramped up. Given the amount of work he’s got through, I don’t think that’s gamesmanship.
84th minute: Madrid deal with the corner and look to break but Alisson gets there ahead of Vinicius this time. It feels like there’s another goal in this.
83rd minute: Stop it Thibaut Courtois! That’s the best of the bunch from the Madrid keeper – Salah gets menacingly into the penalty area and hammers towards the far left corner. Courtois somehow gets it behind.
74th minute: Let’s not forget, Liverpool were behind in each of their final three Premier League games and won them all. In a sentence that can’t have been typed before, can Real Madrid succeed where Aston Villa, Southampton and Wolves failed?
71st minute: Madrid break and Vinicius has Konate in his sights. Here come the stepovers but the Liverpool man is unfazed and puts in his latest excellent challenge.
69th minute: A couple of Liverpool corners, the second aimed at the hulking Konate but Madrid deal with them.
Now Salah is in, but it’s another fantastic save from Courtois. Some display from the Belgium number one.
There was plenty of talk before the game about Trent Alexander-Arnold and Vinicius Jr, and whether Liverpool’s full-back could be caught out at any stage. It only had to happen once. Valverde fizzed the ball across the box and Vinicius was there to tap in, holding his run to stay onside but still sneak behind Alexander-Arnold, who didn’t react in time. It’s a goal that’s sucked the life out of the Liverpool fans, whose team had been on top in this half.
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63rd minute: Liverpool need to score in a cup final now. Fabinho is booked for a petulant foul and they just need to regain their composure here. Ancelotti won’t be complaining about taking the lead, but Madrid’s gameplan seemed to be based around attacking substitutions for the final 20 minutes. What will they do now they’re in front?
59th minute: GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Vinicius Jr.
Madrid strike first in the Champions League final. Vinicius is just onside to pop in Valverde’s cross at the far post.
58th minute: Salah has a couple of snap shots. Both are blocked and the Egypt star screams for handball. He’s on a hiding to nothing.
8 mins from kickoff: Camilla Cabello is into her work, which just feels completely bizarre given the story developing around this game. But it probably means we’re getting no further delays to kickoff unless she’s planned a succession of encores.
14 mins from kickoff: Because we’ve had a further delay until 21:36 from UEFA. There’s going to be a bit inquest into all of this in the days ahead, no doubt. A complete shambles at a major sporting event. I regret to report that one of our journalists outside the ground has been tear-gassed but he’s safe.