Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final

Posted May 27, 2018

Gareth Bale scores twice after coming off the bench as Real Madrid defeat Liverpool 3-1 in Champions League final in Kiev.

Gareth Bale's outstanding overheard kick, Loris Karius' shocking mistakes, and that devastating Mohamed Salah injury - it was an unforgettable Champions League final for a number of reasons.

45 more minutes to play. He is to leave Real Madrid this summer. There is Zinedine Zidane's strike against Bayer Leverkusen in the final nearly 20 years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo's bicycle kick against Juventus this season, and then there is what Gareth Bale did on Saturday against Liverpool in the final. But no one has achieved the feat faster - with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game's biggest club prize.

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Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid would fit the bill and give Liverpool one of the top five keepers in the world, while the Roma keeper Alisson Becker is another who would be an upgrade.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane reacted in a similar manner to when Cristiano Ronaldo scored his sensational bicycle kick goal against Juventus earlier in the competition. Liverpool players were inconsolable at full time, needless to say, but once the pain of defeat subsides they can look back with vast pride at their achievements in the competition this term.

Salah attempted to continue but went down to the turf once again before he left the pitch in tears to be replaced by Adam Lallana.

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Liverpool boss Klopp told BT Sport: "Yes, unbelievable".

The Egyptian, who had been expected to play a major role in Saturday's final, was in obvious pain and covered his face with his hands before pointing to his left shoulder.

Sadio Mane leveled in the 55th from close range after a corner.

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Ramos will no doubt receive plenty of questions as to his role in Salah's injury as the Spanish defender made sure Liverpool's main man hit the floor hard and locked his right arm in during the duel.