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Mane makes Champions League history for Liverpool's 'Fab Three'

21:28 BST 26/05/2018
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The Reds forward was among the goals in a final encounter with Real Madrid, allowing him to join Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in double figures

Sadio Mane’s goal against Real Madrid saw Liverpool make Champions League history, with three players reaching double figures in the competition.

Mohamed Salah has been the undoubted star of the show for the Reds in 2017-18, but the Egyptian forward was forced off against the Blancos inside half-an-hour.

An unfortunate shoulder injury robbed Jurgen Klopp of his 44-goal frontman, but Mane and fellow ‘Fab Three’ member Roberto Firmino remained on the field.

The former got Liverpool back into the tie in Kiev after a remarkable mistake from Loris Karius gifted Karim Benzema and Madrid the lead.

After Dejan Lovren rose above Sergio Ramos to nod a corner into the six-yard box, Mane stuck out a boot to turn the ball past Keylor Navas.

That effort, on the grandest of stages, was the Senegalese star’s 10th in European competition this season.

Salah and Firmino have also hit that mark this term, with Liverpool making continental history as a result.

Mane was not able to savour his effort for long, though, as a stunning overhead kick from Gareth Bale shortly after stepping off the bench restored Madrid’s lead.

He is, however, the first player from his country to have netted in a Champions League final, and can take pride in that.

Goals had been expected in Kiev as two attack-minded sides locked horns, and neither disappointed after a cagey opening.