Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the Champions League Final 2018 for a third successive season
Gareth Bale’s two goals off the bench, stunning bicycle kick the other a blunder — gave Real Madrid a 3-1 victory in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Bale, who had been controversially left on the bench despite his recent good form, scored twice in a final packed full of memorable moments for good and bad reasons.
Having been in fine form ahead of the final, Bale would’ve been devastated to have been left on the bench.
With Liverpool struggling to find a way through, Bale hit a speculative effort from range, with Karius letting it slip through his hands.
The victory was Madrid’s third in a row in the tournament, a feat unseen in the competition since Bayern Munich won three consecutive European Cups from 1974-76. It gave Madrid 13 titles over all, extending its Champions League record, and four in the past five years.
Without Salah things looked tough for liverpool. However, just four minutes later they were level when, after a canny corner caught the holders out, Dejan Lovren headed into the path of Mane, to poke home for the equaliser.
The Egypt international, who has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, hurt his left shoulder while battling for the ball with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Salah attempted to continue but went down to the turf once again before he left the pitch in tears to be replaced by Adam Lallana.
Soon after Dani Carvajal was forced to depart for Madrid through injury. He hurt his hamstring when he tried a backheel to Ronaldo.