Report and report on the Champions League final: Vinicius Junior scores the only goal for Real Madrid against Liverpool and achieves the European Cup 14 | Champions League

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final thanks to a second-half goal from Vinicius Junior.

important moments

21′ Courtois turns Mane’s shot over to the post
44 ‘ Benzema’s goal was ruled out for offside
59′ Vinicius Junior turns around from close range
83 ‘ Courtois makes an amazing save to deny Salah

The match in brief: Courtois and Vinicius are the champions of Madrid

Vinicius Junior celebrates his decisive goal Getty Images

Often victorious after having had their backs against the wall in this season’s competition, Real Madrid were once again the least assertive team for extended periods of this game. As always, they found a way.

Thibaut Courtois secures a massive credit, having saved a string of excellent balls to keep Liverpool in turmoil. Mohamed Salah was rejected on several occasions, although Sadio Mane came closest in the first half – this time Courtois had a job to thank for completing the task.

Karim Benzema got the ball into the net just before the end of the first half when the video assistant referee (VAR) intervened. Merengues’ celebrations were given a full sound before the hour mark, but Federico Valverde’s shot passed Vinicius into space at the back post. He can not miss the number 20 shirt in Madrid.

Courtois bounced back seven minutes before the end, and Salah once again dismissed the man with his quick reflexes. Real Madrid threatened to add a second in the second half after that, but not for the first time, they did enough.

PlayStation® Player of the Match: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Player of the match: Thibaut Courtois

Player of the match: Thibaut Courtois

“The decisive save in crucial moments during the first half when Liverpool were at the top. Also an extraordinary save to deny Salah late.”
UEFA Technical Monitor Panel

Joseph Walker, Real Madrid reporter

What can you say? Madrid only knows how to win finals. They get the job done, whatever it takes, and thanks to Courtois and Vinicius, they have won the European Championship 14 times. Once they took the lead, they didn’t look like they lost and kept Liverpool an arm’s length away. Editorial, as they say about these parts.

Rio Ferdinand, BT Sport

“I’ve never seen a more difficult path to the final. Real Madrid beat the champions of France, the champions of England. It amazed me. They put in a great performance.”

Matthew Howarth, Liverpool correspondent

Without Courtois, Liverpool would have been celebrating their seventh European Cup. The Belgium goalkeeper was simply brilliant in Paris, providing save after save to frustrate the likes of Salah and Mane. Given their exploits in the previous rounds of the competition, this may have always been the year for Real Madrid – but it will not be at all comfortable for Jurgen Klopp and his players. They enjoyed a great campaign both domestically and in Europe, but it is a pity that it ended with these more painful defeats.

reaction

Carlo Ancelotti: We achieved something no one expected

Carlo Ancelotti: We achieved something no one expected

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti“I can’t believe I won four Champions Leagues! It was a tough match, we struggled in the first half but in the end with all the games we played I think we deserved to win this competition. We achieved something that nobody expected from us at the start of the season, and we did.” It’s thanks to our quality, our commitment, our history and everything. We are very happy.”

Karim Benzema, captain of Real Madrid: “We are very happy and proud of this team. We did the double and deserved it. It was a tough match but it was always the Champions League, and even more so in the final. It means a lot to me to win the Champions League again here at my home.”

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool coach: “The problem is when you play against Real Madrid and they play so deep, their counterattack threat is massive. You saw us do a lot of good things, but it wasn’t enough. We accept that. They scored a goal and we didn’t – that’s the easiest explanation in world football.” It’s cruel, but of course we respect it.”

Klopp: We'll be back again

Klopp: We’ll be back again

Key stats

  • Real Madrid has now won twice as many European Cups as any other club (Milan won seven); They have won all eight of the finals they have played in the UEFA Champions League era.
  • Carlo Ancelotti is the first coach to win the European Cup four times. He is also the only one to have led a team to five finals.
  • Karim Benzema finished as the top scorer in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League with 15 goals.
  • Benzema, Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric equaled Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of five Champions League titles.
  • 1-0 is the most common score in the UEFA Champions League finals. This is the sixth final – and third in a row – to score just one goal. Five have finished both 1-1 and 2-1.

fantasy star artists

Thibaut Courtois – 12
Edir Militao – 9
Dani Carvajal – 8

line up

Liverpool: Alison. Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dyck, Robertson; Henderson (Keta 77), Fabinho, Thiago (Firmino 77); Salah, Mane, Luis Diaz (Jota 65)

Real Madrid: Courtois. Carvajal, Edir; Militao, Alaba, Mindy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric (Ceballos 90); Valverde (Camavinga 86), Benzema, Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo 90 +3)

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