Sensational Gareth Bale goal and two goalkeeping howlers hand Real Madrid title

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 27, 2018

"On a personal level it motivates me a lot".

But even the most optimistic of Real supporters would not have believed how their team would score the first goal, as a lackadaisical throw from Karius was blocked by the leg of Benzema and to the astonishment of everyone, the ball rolled into the Liverpool net to make it 1-0 to Real.

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Ronaldo struck for Manchester United against Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final and hit the last goal from the penalty spot in Real's 4-1 win in extra-time over Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final. Ronaldo joined an elite four-man list featuring Real trio Paco Gento, Alfredo di Stefano and Jose Maria Zarraga, plus AC Milan's Paolo Maldini, as five-time winners of the European Cup.

"I need to be playing week in, week out and that hasn't happened this season for one reason or another", Bale said.

Real become the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the trophy three years in a row and Zinedine Zidane the is the first coach to win three back-to-back titles.

Ronaldo continued to reign supreme in Europe's top club competition, however, and goes into Saturday's final with 15 goals in 12 games this season. I don't want to take over from the unique moment of my teammates who deserve it, who are real champions. "Thanks to them I have won so much". The goalkeeper seems more secure and that is because they have confidence that they have a powerful defender controlling things who can deal with the danger.

Gareth Bale also spoke about the uncertainty over his own future after scoring twice off the bench to lead Madrid past Liverpool.

But just like it was a year ago, after Juventus were beaten in Cardiff by Zidane's men, there is nearly a rush to avoid putting this Real team on the pedestal that many clubs before them have occupied for achieving far less. After leaving the pitch in tears, the Egypt forward will be fearing the worst for his hopes of going to a first World Cup next month. "I would not mind not signing anybody".

We will never know how this game might have played out differently if he had been able to stay on, but everyone could see how Liverpool lost so much momentum with his departure....

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