Not Captain Benzema, but club legend Marcelo is the first to lift the pot. Bild: keystone
Real Madrid crowns an outstanding season with the Champions League title. The Spanish champions defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the delayed final in Paris and took the European crown for the 14th time.
29.05.2022, 00:0429.05.2022, 17:56
Not Sadio Mané or Karim Benzema, but the Brazilian Vinicius Junior decided the game in the Stade de France in the north of Paris. The 21-year-old converted Federico Valverde’s cross pass in the 59th minute and thus made the decision in an intense and at times spectacular game.
The all-important 1:0 by Vinicius Jr. in the 59th minute.Video: streamja
Liverpool, who had dominated the early stages, tried their best from behind, but it seemed as though the intense past few weeks had left their mark on Jürgen Klopp’s team. Real were practically flawless in defense and Thibaut Courtois was there when needed. The Belgian keeper was the second match winner for Los Blancos alongside Vinicius Junior. In the 83rd minute he prevented Mohamed Salah from equalizing with a miraculous save. Courtois brilliantly deflected Sadio Mané’s shot to the post (21′).
21 minutes: Courtois directs Mané’s shot to the post.Video: streamja
69 minutes: Courtois’ save against Salah.Video: streamja
Carlo Ancelotti’s team, on the other hand, put all their experience to good use. The midfield with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro managed to control the game better after the break. The trio, who featured in the 2016-18 title hat-trick, have been written off by many. Now it brought Real Madrid back to their former glory. Like Benzema and Dani Carvajal, the three already have five titles under their belt and thus the same number as their former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, which is a record for the Champions League.
Coach Ancelotti set a single record. The soon to be 63-year-old Italian won the Champions League for the fourth time as a coach after winning the Champions Cup twice as a player with Milan. With his home club, he also won the handle pot twice as a coach and now for the second time with Real Madrid. Ancelotti lost the only final in 2005, when Milan lost a 3-0 lead against Liverpool.
More than half an hour late
The game had started 37 minutes late for safety reasons because English fans had tried to get into the stadium without tickets, which caused some chaotic scenes in front of the stadium. Liverpool, who were clearly the better team in the starting phase, were not impressed by the delay. The Reds created several chances, with Mané coming closest to scoring in the 21st minute when the Senegalese hit the post.
Real was only able to free himself from the grip after half an hour. And the Madrilenians almost took the lead just before the break against the flow of the game. Benzema scored the supposed 1-0, but was offside. However, the ball came to the Frenchman from an opponent, which is why the goal could have been given according to the rules.
In the end it didn’t matter anymore. Real’s victory against the Premier League runners-up capped an outstanding knockout phase in which the Madrilenians had eliminated three heavyweights in Paris Saint-Germain, holders Chelsea and Manchester City, with their backs to the wall on several occasions.
Liverpool – Real Madrid 0:1 (0:0)
Stade de France, Paris. – SR Turpin (FRA).
Tor: 59. Vinicius Junior (Valverde) 0:1.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson (77. Keita), Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara (77. Firmino); Salah, Mané, Luis Diaz (65. Diogo Jota).
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Eder Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric (90. Ceballos), Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde (86. Camavinga), Benzema, Vinicius Junior (93. Rodrygo).
Remarks: Both teams complete. 21. Courtois deflects Mané’s shot to the post. 44th goal by Benzema disallowed for offside. The game started 37 minutes late for safety reasons. Bookings: 62. Fabinho (foul). (pre/sda)
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