WATCH: Real Madrid are kings of Europe
Real Madrid are European champions for a 14th time, with the Blancos getting their hands on a famous trophy once again.
So that's it for another continental campaign and we will leave you with the trophy lift from the 2022 winners.
GOAL will be back for more next season, so make sure you join us then.
CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE FOR THE FOURTEENTH TIME. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/fVtkjGsH9M— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 28, 2022
Drawing a blank
Carlo Ancelotti has won more European Cups as a manager than any other, and he is revelling in that fact after Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool.
The Italian has told BT Sport: "I can't believe it. We had a fantastic season. We did really well. It was a difficult game and we suffered a lot, more so in the first half. In the end I think we deserved to win this competition.
"We're really happy. What can I say? I can't say more.
"I am a record man. I had luck to come here last year and have a fantastic season. A fantastic club, a really good squad with a lot of quality and mental character.
"The season was top.
"I think we passed through really difficult games. The supporters helped us a lot in the last game. They helped us tonight. We're happy and they're happy."
Carlo Ancelotti is the first manager to win FOUR Champions League titles 🏆 pic.twitter.com/bHzS7EUvtr— GOAL (@goal) May 28, 2022
Does Courtois deserve more respect?
Vinicius Jr may have got Real Madrid’s goal, but Thibaut Courtois was a colossus between the sticks. He claims he deserves more respect, telling BT Sport: "Yesterday in the press conference I said that when Madrid plays finals they win. I was on the good side of history.
"I saw a lot of tweets coming my way that I would get humbled today it was the other way round.
"Today I needed to win a final for my career, for all the hard work to put respect on my name as I don't think I get enough respect, especially in England. I saw a lot of criticism even after a great season.
"I am really proud of the team. We stuck to it and when I needed to be there I was there for the team. We beat some the best clubs of the world. City and Liverpool were unbelievable this season. They fought to the end in the Premier League, Liverpool won two cups and they were really strong.
"We played a great game today. We had one chance and scored it."
WATCH: Real Madrid win 2022 Champions League
Here is the moment that Real Madrid were crowned the kings of Europe...
The moment Real Madrid clinched their FOURTEENTH European title. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Hytfip4FSM— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 28, 2022
FT: Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid
The Blancos claim their 14th European crown courtesy of a solitary strike from Vinicius Jr.
Liverpool will feel hard done by, with Courtois producing a stunning performance in goal for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
The Reds have to settle for two trophies in 2021-22 and need to take positives from what has still been a remarkable campaign.
10 - Vinícius Júnior (4 goals, 6 assists) is the first South American player to be directly involved in 10+ goals in a single UEFA Champions League campaign while aged 21 or under since Lionel Messi in 2008-09 (14 – 9 goals, 5 assists). Talent. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/3xEzXmes4h— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 28, 2022
Incredible save Courtois from Salah— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Statement from Liverpool on the scenes involving access problems for Reds supporters that led to a delayed kick-off: "We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.
"This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight.
"We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues."
If one doesn't get you, the other will
Courtois again, readjusting to save after Jota diverted Salah's shot— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Real rocking in Paris and Madrid
Klopp rolling the dice
Keita and Firmino for Henderson and Thiago— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Belgian brick wall
Real keeper won't be beaten
Huge save Courtois again from Salah— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
WATCH: Vinicius Jr fires Real in front
He is how Vinicius Jr broke the deadlock for Real Madrid...
VINICIUS JR. BREAKTHROUGH FOR REAL MADRID. 💥 pic.twitter.com/GVzH0BsgvZ— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 28, 2022
Reds go close
Salah denied at full stretch by Courtois— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Cool as you like
GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid
Breakthrough in Paris, and it comes from Vinicius Jr.
Valverde drills over a low cross from the right, with Real's Brazilian winger stealing in behind Alexander-Arnold to bundle home.
Close offside call, which goes in the Blancos' favour.
Coming to life
Courtois beats away a dangerous, fired cross from Alexander-Arnold, which Thiago very nearly diverted home. Liverpool started the second half slowly, but have picked up last few mins.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
No way through
10 - Only Bayern München against Chelsea in 2012 (16) made more shots in the first half of an #UCLfinal than Liverpool tonight against Real Madrid (10, as many as the German team against Inter in 2010 and Barcelona against Man. Utd in 2011). Siege. pic.twitter.com/0uv2qUKXtR— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 28, 2022
Lively end to the half
WATCH: Benzema goal ruled out
Here is the effort from Benzema that was ruled out for offside. Right call?
BENZEMA WITH THE BALL IN THE NET. ...But he's ruled offside. 😲 pic.twitter.com/obMLUwCQBF— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 28, 2022
HT: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid
After a delayed start to proceedings, we are still waiting on the fuse to be lit.
Liverpool have seen more possession, with Courtois producing a couple of outstanding saves.
Real have had the ball in the net, but Benzema’s efforts was ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR review.
Still all to play for in the second 45.
Benzema goal ruled out
Benzema has the ball in the net, following a scramble inside the Liverpool box, but the flag goes up.
Alisson flapped at the ball at one stage, with the Reds all over the place, while Real's No.9 took a first touch when he could have shot first time.
Offside call, after a VAR review, is very tight and the final touch through to Benzema came off a Liverpool player.
Henderson catches hold of a 25-yard volley after a corner is cleared, but it's well wide.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Plenty of medals between them
Salah heads Alexander-Arnold's cross straight at Courtois after Konate stepped out of defence superbly to start the attack— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Liverpool dominating possession
The Reds remain in control of the contest, but haven’t forced a breakthrough.
That means that Real remain a threat on the counter, with the Blancos happy to soak up spells of pressure before breaking forward. Mere glimpses so far of what they are capable of.
WATCH: Stunning save from Courtois to deny Mane
Here, with the aid of the upright, is how Courtois prevented Mane from giving Liverpool the lead...
Thibaut Courtois coming up huge again! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/wk0RXP5gIP— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 28, 2022
Another brilliant save
Mane does brilliantly to beat two and work a shot. Courtois down to his right to turn against the post. Liverpool are all over Real.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Salah forces smart stop
Mohamed Salah pokes the ball towards goal, as he stretches six yards out, with Courtois producing a smart low stop.
Liverpool have been dominating possession, forcing the Blancos back.
Real threat on the counter
Vinicus' first dangerous foray forward is stopped in some style by Konate.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Early knock for Mane
No holding back in a game of this magnitude, with Mane catching a full-blooded challenge early on.
He has been holding his thigh, but appears to be okay.
A winning team?
Here we go!
The 2022 Champions League final is up and running.
So much at stake, with both sides well versed in what it takes to win this competition, but who will come out on top?
No late change for Reds
Kick-off approaching… at last
Scenes nobody wanted to see
Champions League royalty
Real raring to go
New kick-off time
Second warm up
Old head on young shoulders
Tear gas used by French police
You can still see loads of empty seats in the Liverpool section.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 28, 2022
Reports from outside the stadium sound horrendous. Listen to those who are there experiencing it, not those who will inevitably look to deflect the blame away from their own incompetence.#LFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/v9tK4oI5Ty
While kick-off has been pushed back, Camila Cabello will be delivering the pre-match show.
Here is all you need to know about the Cuban-American singer and actress.
Expect better from a major final?
The wait goes on
Change for Reds?
3 - Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet for a third time in the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, the most between two clubs across the history of the two competitions. Liverpool won the first final back in 1981, before Madrid beat Klopp’s side in 2018. Revenge? pic.twitter.com/b2uNmTZ3LY— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 28, 2022
4 - Tonight will be the fourth UEFA Champions League final between two managers who have already previously won the competition, after 2007 (Ancelotti v Benítez), 2010 (Mourinho v Van Gaal) and 2011 (Guardiola v Ferguson). Formula. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/QcklJEnTCV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 28, 2022
Is he fit?
Van Dijk feeling the noise
Superstars wherever you look
Revenge for Salah?
Mohamed Salah was forced off early in the 2018 Champions League final after tangling with Sergio Ramos.
He has spoken of having a score to settle, but why is that the case for the Liverpool superstar and will he get his wish? GOAL mulls over those posers right here.
Will Bale get a look in today?
Modern day great
Time to snap the sequence?
9 - This will be the ninth meeting between Liverpool and Real Madrid in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League – after winning the first three between 1981 and 2009, the Reds are winless in the last five (D1 L4), including a defeat in the final in 2018. Reacquainted. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/qZR5aRaP2R— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 28, 2022
Back in Madrid
Liverpool team news
Real in the building
Vinicius Junior has emerged as a ken man for Real Madrid, providing the perfect foil from the flanks to prolific frontman Karim Benzema, and he is about to come into direct competition with buccaneering Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Could that be a key battle in a continental contest filled with plenty of them all over the field? GOAL takes a look here.
Real Madrid have been famed for their ‘Galacticos’ recruitment model under Florentino Perez, with the likes of Ronaldo, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo acquired in the past.
They are now showing greater faith in youth, with the likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Eduardo Camavinga stepping up.
Here, GOAL casts an eye over the ‘Baby Galacticos’.
Leading from the front
57 - Jordan Henderson is set to make his 57th appearance of the season for Liverpool tonight; this would see him end 2021-22 as the player with the most games played for a club within Europe's big five leagues across all competitions. Leader. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/nwo64OmT2M— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 28, 2022
Some atmosphere in Paris
Calm before the storm
Liverpool’s most important player?
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane get the goals and Alisson helps to keep them out at the other end of the field, but is Virgil van Dijk the Reds’ most important player.
GOAL provides an answer to that question here.
Liverpool and Real Madrid have shown themselves to be the cream of a European crop in 2021-22, with the Reds and Blancos showing that they boast the talent and mental toughness to overcome any challenge.
What sets them apart from the rest? GOAL takes a look right here.
The stage is set
Real Madrid team news
The Blancos like to name their side early, to avoid any more unwanted leaks, and today is no different.
No surprises in the starting XI, with Bale and Hazard among those hoping to be given an opportunity to make an impact off the bench.
Welcome to GOAL Matchday Live!
The day is finally here – the 2022 Champions League final is set to see Liverpool and Real Madrid lock horns for the right to be considered the best club side in Europe.
Who will prevail? Will the Reds get their hands on a seventh continental crown or will the Blancos savour triumph number 14?
We are about to find out and you can stay across the best of the build-up, action and reaction with GOAL’s rolling blog.