Liverpool player ratings vs Real Madrid: Karius' fingerprints on Los Blancos' trophy

Lawrence Cooper
May 27, 2018

The Egyptian winger was forced off early in the Champions League final after colliding with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

His goal put Real Madrid 2-1 up after 64 minutes.

Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane but the five-time European champions were only fleetingly back in the game.

With the game at 1-1 after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener, Bale entered the fray and made an nearly immediate impact with an incredible overhead-kick goal to restore Real's lead.

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid shoots and scores his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League final.

"I've had an fantastic season in the Champions League", said Ronaldo, who has scored a record 120 goals in the competition overall. "The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did".

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Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.

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He scored a second later in the game following a poor piece of goalkeeping from Karius, but it's his first effort that will live long in the memory.

The Egypt worldwide, who has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, hurt his left shoulder while battling for the ball with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

The match had implications for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation, with Liverpool's Egyptian star forward Mohamed Salah leaving the game in tears with a shoulder injury just seven minutes before Real lost Spanish right-back Dani Carvajal to injury.

It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance.

Bale scored an insurance goal in the 84th minute, with help from Karius.

Klopp's side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mané turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner's corner.

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