CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID 3-1 LIVERPOOL

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the winning goal for Real Madrid!

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Welshman Gareth Bale's spectacular overhead kick

Real Madrid

Real Madrid "Kings of Europe"

Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema scored the match opening goal

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID 3-1 LIVERPOOL

Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley

Sadio Mane scores goal for Liverpool Fc

REAL MADRID CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS FOR 13TH TIME!

Real Madrid continued their dominance of the Champions League by claiming their 13th European title in Kiev. Saturday's 3-1 Champions League final victory against Premier League giant club Liverpool will long be remembered for Welshman Gareth Bale's spectacular overhead kick and two surprising errors made by Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius. Real Madrid footballers were crowned “King of Europe” and wrote their names in European football folklore by winning the Champions League for the fourth time in five years, and it was manager Zinedine Zidane's third title in a row. The Spain La Liga titans have claimed more trophies, won more matches and scored more goals than any other side to date.

Mo Salah and Dani Carvajal left the match early in the first half in tears after being injured. In the second half, Karim Benzema scored the match opening goal for Real Madrid due to a Karius error. Reds goalkeeper Lorius Karius underarmed the ball out and Karim Benzema blocked it, diverting it into the net for a goal. Karius claimed Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper cost them a goal. Within five minutes Sadio Mane scored the equalizer for Liverpool. Gareth Bale scored a stunner for Real Madrid. Welshman Bale replaced Isco and scored barely 3 minutes later with a left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards out. He had to get up high to meet the cross and surprisingly acrobatically scored an unstoppable goal for Los Blancos to the delight of supporters and his teammates. 

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

REAL MADRID WIN THIRD CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE IN A ROW

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius gifted Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema an easy goal for the opener in Kiev. He later allowed a Gareth Bale shot to slip through his hands for Real's third goal. On Sunday, Karius posted on social media: "I'm infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff."

European Cup wins by club

13 Real Madrid (16 finals wins)

7 AC Milan (11)

5 Bayern München (10)

5 Liverpool (8)

5 Barcelona (8)

4 Ajax (6)

3 Internazionale Milano (5)

3 Manchester United (5)

2 Benfica (7)

2 Juventus (9)

2 Nottingham Forest (2)

2 Porto (2)

1 Borussia Dortmund (2)

1 Celtic FC (2)

1 Hamburg (2) 

1 Steaua București (2)

1 Marseille (2)

1 Borussia Dortmund (2)

1 Chelsea (2)

1 Feyenoord (1)

1 Aston Villa (1)

1 PSV Eindhoven (1)

1 Crvena Zvezda (1)

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Welshman Gareth Bale's spectacular overhead kick

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

2018 UEFA Champions League Final Squads

Real Madrid

Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio.

Liverpool

Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Subs: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke.

Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder

Mohamed Salah

Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah

Liverpool's Mo Salah leaves in tears as his Champions League final debut ends in early injury heartbreak

Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year

Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury and tears

Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev