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Bale Leads Real Madrid To Third Straight UCL Title

UEFA Champions League Report: Real Madrid v Liverpool 26 May 2018

By SL International - May 26, 2018 10:41 PM

Real Madrid secured a third successive UEFA Champions League title as a brace from substitute Gareth Bale inspired a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday evening.

Click through the gallery to see the best images of the first half!

Galacticos boss Zinedine Zidane opted to start Isco in the European Cup final in Kyiv ahead of Bale, who has scored four goals in his last four games.

The Reds got off to an encouraging start, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane seeing a lot of the ball in the opposition half.

Los Blancos, meanwhile, had the first meaningful attack after 15 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo broke free down the right before firing a powerful effort inches over the crossbar.

The Reds were dealt a blow on 30 minutes when their top scorer, Mohamed Salah, could not recover from a knock he sustained earlier and was replaced by Adam Lallana.

Six minutes later, Los Blancos were forced into a substitution of their own as Dani Carvajal landed awkwardly and was replaced by Nacho.

Los Blancos ended the first half stronger and had the ball in the net on 42 minutes, but Karim Benzema's strike was flagged offside after Loris Karius produced a superb save to keep out Ronaldo's header.

Five minutes into the second half, Los Blancos took the lead in bizarre fashion as Benzema stuck his foot out and deflected Karius' thrown clearance into the back of the net.

The lead was short-lived as Liverpool leveled matters in the 55th minute, with Mane showing great reactions to get to a knock-on from a corner to slot home from six-yards out.

Bale was introduced a few moments later and the Welshman made the perfect impact when he restored Real's lead in the 64th with an incredible bicycle-kick following a cross from Marcelo.

Mane went agonisingly close to equalising once again as he rattled the upright with a low strike from 20 yards out.

However, Bale sealed the win in the 83rd minute as the Wales international unleashed a strike from distance, which Karius unbelievably fumbled to ultimately drop the ball into the back of his own net.

The Reds tried to push for another goal in the closing stages but Los Blancos remained resolute to seal a third straight Champions League crown.


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Temzoza Joined: 24 Aug 2014
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Temzoza Jun 30, 2018 04:01 PM
I was robbed
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Temzoza Jun 08, 2018 08:20 PM
And my poits?
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pato May 28, 2018 06:54 AM
@Bucsfever16 the last time Salah was interviewed he didnt mwntion africans but arabs go on and lick until your tongue is brown....mane is my african brother and im happy for him he scored in the final
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pato May 28, 2018 06:50 AM
Ehh banna people are still hurt, yooh
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Nick#10 May 27, 2018 09:25 PM
@alizebucs1986 how is my little queen chasing Penaldos shadow last time I remember Penaldo jst equalled Messi's record of 5 Ballon D'or who's chasing who? I will say this again if Penaldo is ur best player in da world I bet Kane is ur best player in EPL
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Soni_JX May 27, 2018 08:34 PM
To all COWtalonya doffs.....Ronaldo is the leading goal scorer of this tonarment.......what are you YAPPING ABOUT??
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Faysal May 27, 2018 03:53 PM
Madrid is level with ac Milan
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alizebucs1986 May 27, 2018 12:57 PM
@RayzaKhosistency it's a pity that when Madrid are being Pushed by Refs they Win the Trophy because they r also the best unlike Cowcerlona when the r pushed by Referees they end up being Punished by even Smaller Teams Like Roma,u think we Forgot what Happened to PSG sies
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alizebucs1986 May 27, 2018 12:54 PM
@Nick#10 he has 5 champions League,he has been Top Scorer on 4 Occassions where Madrid Won it,ur little queen is chasing CR7's shaddow
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Bucsfever16 May 27, 2018 12:42 PM
@@ Tchillimbou 2-0 : you can try to justify Penaldo's attitude as much as you like but the Penaldo we all know becomes bitter and jealousy at teammates whenever they score.Remember one incident he was so angry at teammate for scoring ahead of him...he claimed the player should've left the ball for him to score as he was in contention with King Messi for the Pichichi,he never even bother to celebrate that goal with teammates.it was shocking...infact Cp7's attitude sucks.
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Nick#10 May 27, 2018 12:19 PM
@Tchillimbou 2-0 are u talking for urself or Penaldo coz the CP7 we know does not correspond to ur statement m sure u were one of those who claimed before the game that he will score now that he ddnt suddenly u dint need him to score every game.Penaldo does not need to be followed hes always in da box
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@ Tchillimbou 2-0 May 27, 2018 12:10 PM
@ Nick#10 for Real Madrid to be in this Final its bcoz of him n his team mates, CR7 is star n it doesnt mean he must score everyday or in everygame lezo mbuzi ze defenders they were chasing him while leaving Bale with some space to kill them viva R Madrid viva
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Nick#10 May 27, 2018 11:59 AM
I heard Penaldo wants to leave Madrugs becoz he was no wehere to be found yet again nd bail stunner was bitter to him
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@ Tchillimbou 2-0 May 27, 2018 11:31 AM
Liverpool failed to win a single domestican cup being knocked by Burnley Or Bornemouth fc n they think they will lift ths one by beating World Champs, hayi suka, when did they last lift any cup in England,
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LeCowhlohlo May 27, 2018 10:36 AM
Great goals by Gareth Bale, Liverpool goalkeeper was a joke of the day.
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Bucsfever16 May 27, 2018 10:07 AM
I never liked this Ramos monster and now I hate him even more for intentionally injuring the African prince Salah.
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Maosa May 27, 2018 09:59 AM
Va Barcapools vo nyuma swesw
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RayzaKhosistency May 27, 2018 09:58 AM
exactly what uefa wanted to see madrid lift it for the third time.we wont forget how they got there
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pato May 27, 2018 09:43 AM
Guys Shabba didnt travel to Ukraine, to take his famous selfie?? Please share
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pato May 27, 2018 09:37 AM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN madrid was everywhere to be found

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