It was a game too far for Liverpool. The 63 in which they fought every open season should have been the crowning glory, the defining moment of Jurgen Klopp’s era.
There were six titles under the coach, including two big ones – the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League the following season. But beating Real Madrid in a magical, near-impossible match to complete a hat-trick in the Cup was a new and more subtle promise.
It should not be. On one night when the kick-off was delayed 37 minutes due to problems for Liverpool fans outside the stadium here in north Paris, their team did everything they could to tackle more than the mystery of Real Madrid, the line the Spanish champions parroting as they parrot how not to. lose this final.
Thibaut Courtois was against Real Madrid and had a night where he made excellent saves and also watched the defenders in front of him put their bodies on the lines and hit Liverpool again and again.
Klopp’s side started brilliantly but were caught by the old masters, as this was their 14th victory in the competition. Vinicius Jr scored before the hour was up, and whatever Liverpool did next, Courtois found a way to screw them up. Carlo Ancelotti made history by lifting the trophy for the fourth time as coach. Liverpool is still very remorseful.
The preliminary match was chaotic, with a Liverpool team bus stuck in a traffic jam at 19.35 local time – less than 90 minutes before kick-off; Five minutes later, the match was delayed because thousands of Liverpool fans were stuck outside the stadium. Some of them said that authorities closed one of the gates supplying their fence, and there was concern as tensions escalated and police fired pepper spray.
And the big screen had broadcast the news of the delay “due to a security problem” and there would be an announcement that this was “due to the late arrival of the fans”, which was denied by Liverpool supporters. Police issued a message on Twitter urging them to “not be forced into”. It was very annoying. Both groups of players re-emerge to warm up, trying to keep the blood pumping. Real hyacinth filled end. They wanted the game to start.
8:44 p.m. Gary Lineker Tweeted He found it “impossible to get to the ground. This looks very dangerous. An absolute massacre.” There were reports of fans crowding into a confined space and it was certainly difficult to be too excited because the cameras picked the likes of the King of Spain, Rafael Nadal and Ronaldo and took the show up front. . the game.
To the late action and great sense of the stage, the ostentation and poise that two of the giants of this competition brought, not to mention the story. Real’s previous defeat in the European Cup final had to go back to 1981, and thanks to Alan Kennedy’s late goal, it came across town at the Parc des Princes against Liverpool. Liverpool were shocked by their last meeting in the 2018 final when Mohamed Salah admitted that there was a goal to be eliminated.
Klopp wanted a strong start and got it, his team rushed high, after the interventions and controlled the ball. With Sadio Mane and Salah showing their intentions with sharp moves, particularly between the lines, Liverpool also had chances – Courtois had to make two excellent saves in the first 20 minutes.
The first was after a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross and Salah was well displayed when he lost his balance. Courtois jumped left low to get his hand. The second leg was better. Mane cut from left to right, opening a gap and the shot from the edge of the box to the near corner was a real hit. Courtois stretched to turn it on the inside of his base and although the ball passed in front of the line he did not turn it. Salah also sent two additional attempts to the goalkeeper before the break.
Real sat low hoping to jump on the counter. After the initial excitement of Liverpool, they carved a foothold in their rhythmic short passing play.
They seemed very cohesive and believed that the time would come, and in the 43rd minute it almost happened when Karim Benzema played a high pass from the right of the goal and shot inside the goal with Alisson from close range.
Pushing Benzema to the left, he pushed Alisson and Ibrahima Konate into a bind. Fede Valverde hit the loose ball, as did Fabinho and when Benzema – who was in an offside position – broke the ball into the net. How did you get there? Had Fabinho gone too far, Liverpool would be in trouble. The VAR ruled that this was accidental so the goal had to be ruled out. It was very difficult to remove.
Real liked to play slower, and as they carefully timed their movements, they felt like they had Liverpool right where they wanted them, even if they didn’t quite differentiate them. With this Madrid team, fear is what they might do, the moment they might make something.
Then it happened. The danger wasn’t so great when Casemiro passed the ball straight to the superb Valverde, but that quickly changed when the midfielder over-passed a low cross. Vinicius had timed behind Alexander-Arnold and swept the empty goal.
What is left of Liverpool? It’s time to dig incredibly deep. Salah cut inside and curled open the far corner however Courtois came and moments later, when substitute Diogo Jota moved forward, Salah saw Courtois blocking him in the near corner.
Casemiro played a square pass with Vinicius and Benzema in front of goal and saved Courtois Salah two more times. And in between, Liverpool substitute Naby lifted Keita high over the bar.