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Champions League final: Zidane to start Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo against Liverpool

Champions League final: Zidane to start Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo against Liverpool

This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.

"It is always tough to choose your team for a final and it is never easy for a Coach, there are some very hard words to be said".

Real Madrid won their third straight Champions League thanks to a moment of sublime brilliance from Gareth Bale and Loris Karius' errors.

Real Madrid is going for an incredible hat-trick of titles in Kiev to cement their status as the dominant force in European football.

The goal emulated his manager Zinedine Zidane's famous volley in the 2002 final at Hampden Park against Bayer Leverkusen, although Bale's strike required even more acrobatic ability.

He said: "I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season".

Liverpool suffered a huge blow mid-way through the first half when star striker Mohamed Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly following a tussle with Real defender Sergio Ramos.

Ronaldo is bidding to join a group of players who have won the European Cup five times, including former Real great Di Stefano.

Ugly foul from dirty player Ramos on MoSalah
Ugly foul from dirty player Ramos on MoSalah

Zinedine Zidane could get sacked if he loses the Champions League final, according to Paul Merson.

Gareth Bale's sensational strike proved the victor as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to lift their third straight Champions League crown.

The Portuguese knows what it is like to depart a big final hurt, doing so in the Euro 2016 finale against France.

"But, Liverpool also have got history in the Champions League, in the European Cup".

The loss to injury of Salah after just 30 minutes of this game was every Liverpool supporter's worst nightmare.

Former Barcelona man Gary Lineker believes that Liverpool should be fearful of Bale too, as he has a point to prove, with it looking likely that he would leave the Bernabeu a few times over the a year ago.

Klopp's men were showing that they were really up for this game and were growing in confidence after each chance as they put it up to Madrid early on. Real lost their fear of Liverpool just when Klopp's team had a 10-minute period of doubt.

Four minutes later, Sadio Mane nets his tenth UCL goal of the season to bring Liverpool level.

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