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Matchday LIVE: Real Madrid defeat Liverpool in epic Champions League final clash

Relive the Champions League final at the Stade de France from Saturday night

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WATCH: Real Madrid are kings of Europe

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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.

Drawing a blank

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β€˜Record man’

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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."

Does Courtois deserve more respect?

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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."

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Stunning display

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WATCH: Real Madrid win 2022 Champions League

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Here is the moment that Real Madrid were crowned the kings of Europe...

FT: Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid

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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.

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Decent company

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And again...

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Entrance issues

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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."

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On repeat

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Klopp rolling the dice

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Star boy

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Real keeper won't be beaten

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WATCH: Vinicius Jr fires Real in front

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He is how Vinicius Jr broke the deadlock for Real Madrid...

Reds go close

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GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid

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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

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No way through

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Back underway

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The second half is up and running at Stade de France.

Will we get a winner inside 90 minutes or is this game going to go the distance?

Goal coming?

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WATCH: Benzema goal ruled out

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Here is the effort from Benzema that was ruled out for offside. Right call?

HT: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid

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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.

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Benzema goal ruled out

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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.

Well struck

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Another chance

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Liverpool dominating possession

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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.

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WATCH: Stunning save from Courtois to deny Mane

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Here, with the aid of the upright, is how Courtois prevented Mane from giving Liverpool the lead...

Another brilliant save

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Salah forces smart stop

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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.

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Real threat on the counter

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Early knock for Mane

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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.

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Here we go!

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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

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Proud moment

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New kick-off time

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Second warm up

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Old head on young shoulders

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Tear gas used by French police

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Pre-match show

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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.

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Expect better from a major final?

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The wait goes on

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Change for Reds?

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Familiar foes

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Proven winners

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Is he fit?

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Entrance issues

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Revenge for Salah?

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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.

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Time to snap the sequence?

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Liverpool team news

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Thiago and Fabinho start for the Reds, with welcome returns from injury being made by a key midfield duo.

Key battle

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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.

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Baby Galacticos

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Real Madrid have been famed for their β€˜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 β€˜Baby Galacticos’.

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Leading from the front

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Vast experience

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Liverpool’s most important player?

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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.

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Mentality monsters

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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.

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Real Madrid team news

2022-05-28T16:44:12.545Z

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!

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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.