Vinicius Jr. became the 14th king of Europe, a record-breaking 14th time after Real Madrid suffered an off-field problem when they scored the only goal of the match after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday. -Off is delayed by more than 30 minutes.
Brazil’s winger Vinicius turned a low cross for Fede Valverde in the 59th minute on the Stade de France and Liverpool were unable to find an equalizer as Jurgen Klopp’s side lost to the Spanish giants in the Champions League final for the second time in five seasons.
Liverpool will be wondering what would have happened if the brilliant Thibaut Courtois hadn’t shoved a Sadio Mane shot into the post when they reached the top of the first half. Because he didn’t reach the trophy treble.
The English League Cup and FA Cup winners this season have missed Manchester City for their Premier League title and have been denied a win here.
“These boys had an excellent season. Two tournaments we couldn’t win, we didn’t win by the smallest margin possible,” said Klopp.
Instead, Real led Spain to their fifth Champions League title in nine seasons, with Carlo Ancelotti becoming the first manager to win the top prize in European club football for the fourth time.
Ancelotti was also Real’s manager in the 2014 final, where he won the final against AC Milan in 2003 and 2007. The latter victory was against Liverpool.
“We managed the game very well,” said Ancelotti, who called himself a ‘recordman’.
“I was lucky to come here last year and have a fantastic season. Fantastic club, a really good squad with a lot of quality and mental character.”
The match started 35 minutes later than the scheduled 9pm (1900 GMT) start in the French capital after thousands of Liverpool fans were unable to sit due to chaos at the stadium entrance.
UEFA blamed “thousands of fans who bought fake tickets that didn’t work at the ticket gates” to supporters crowding the stadium entrance.
Police also fired tear gas after they saw a handful of young fans trying to fence around the stadium.
The final was moved to the French capital after St. Petersburg was stripped of the match due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A delayed kick-off may be the cause of the delayed start of the match. 16 minutes ago, Mohamed Salah turned a low Trent Alexander-Arnold cross towards the goal for Courtois to save.
Liverpool are starting to lead the match as they are considered the most favored player for revenge for their loss to the Spanish giants in the 2018 final in Kyiv.
Mane jumped into the goal on the 21st minute and took a painful approach, jumping into a shot position inside the penalty box only when Courtois dropped a net-bound shot into the right post.
Starting as midfielders Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara after overcoming fitness problems, Klopp’s team took control but were unable to gain the upper hand.
Real, meanwhile, made almost nothing in the first half while Karim Benzema was quiet, but their captains thought for a moment that he had a breakthrough two minutes before the interval.
The Frenchman headed home after the ball was returned to him within the area but was flagged for offside. Despite Fabinho’s blocking of Valverde’s touch to Benzema, the decision not to concede a goal was maintained after lengthy VAR checks.
However, Ancelotti’s team did not slow down and were rewarded for scoring as the time mark approached.
Valverde was driving down the right, when Vinicius passed his Brazilian teammate Alisson and threw a low ball across the far post.
As in 2018, Real played their first leg, but this time they didn’t have to send Gareth Bale to win.
Courtois was great. He flew to the right and blocked a shot from curling Salah and made two saves in a quick streak in the second half.
First, the Belgian saved substitute Diogo Jota’s attempt at Salah’s goal, after which he created a strong arm to reverse Salah’s strike.
It was a Real Madrid night.