GOAL! Another howler from Karius here, this should really be the end of his career in Liverpool you have to say. Bale gets a brace, he had hit it brilliantly from outside of the box with his left-foot. The ball dip suddenly but its hit straight at Karius, he fumbles badly and the ball ends up in the back off the net here. 3-1 to Real Madrid here.
GOAL! Karius has gifted a goal to Real Madrid here, he collects the ball easily and then looks to release it but Benzema gets his foot in there at the right time, the ball deflects off Benzema's leg and goes into the back of the net. Disastrous stuff this from Karius. Liverpool have a mountain to climb now
So, that's the end of the first-half here. It ends 0-0 and you have to say no great chances for either team. Benzema's goal was ruled offside, but the big talking point there will be the injuries. Mo Salah coming off in tears and then Carvajal also being subsituted, he was equally distraught as well. All to play for in the second half now!
As a result, the Real starting line-up is the same as that which took to the field in last year's final, when the Spanish giants beat Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the attack as Real look to win the Champions League for the third season running, something no team has achieved since Bayern Munich in 1976.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp goes, as expected, with the same team that started the second leg of their semi-final against Roma.
Mohamed Salah, who has 44 goals in all competitions this season, has inspired the Anfield club on their run to a first Champions League final since 2007, when they lost to AC Milan in Athens.
Real Madrid (4-3-1-2)
Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (capt), Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Isco; Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo
Coach: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)
Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson (capt), James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Coach: Jurgen Klopp (GER)
Liverpool though is in the midst of an absolute adventure courtesy their 44 goal hero Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has netted 11 in a record breaking tally of 46 for the Kop in Europe. Standing alongside with him is the duo of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and the troika is undoubtedly a scary prospect for any defensive unit.
Keeping them quiet will be quite a task, and as Klopp has rightly picked on, Madrid’s defensive frailties and penchant for playing the opponents half would lay the perfect foundation for them to do their thing – find the back of the net with aplomb. There is nothing that suggests Sergio Ramos will have a comfortable time or Marcelo can saunter about at will and entertain with his bag of tricks.
The UEFA Champions League final represents a clash of styles as both Liverpool and Real Madrid are on the cusp of history that would eventually help shape or define their respective eras.
The Red Stadium of Trotsky, as the Olympic Stadium was once called will be the scene for what is undoubtedly going to a fascinating battle of tactics and nerves. Madrid, who this year felt more at home in Europe will be in for a rude shock as if the Red Stadium lives up to its name.
Once Real and Zidane realised the importance of the competition in terms of what it meant to their season, the emphasis shifted and they engineered wins by concentrating on where to land the killer blow one round at a time. Madrid, 12-time winners of the competition, notwithstanding their struggles they made hay while the sun shone.
Hello everyone and welcome to our live blog for the big game today between Liverpool and Real Madrid! On the red side on May 26th in Kyiv, Ukraine, will be the intense synchronized raging Liverpool led by the German Jurgen Klopp. The five-time European champions have mastered the art of taking to the contest with such hostility that it effectively disrupts and dismantles oppositions with ease. On the other end of the spectrum, it is all about painting the canvas white – to standout irrespective of the circumstances. Real Madrid under the stewardship of Zinedine Zidane has either left teams in awe with their work of art or with the sheer ability escape tight situations.
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