Liverpool were crowned European champions for the sixth time as goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi gave them a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid.
Liverpool were given a helping hand after just 22 seconds when Sadio Mane’s ball brushed Moussa Sissoko’s arm at close range, prompting Slovenian referee Damir Skomina to point to the spot for Salah to convert down the middle (2).
It was an otherwise turgid affair in sweltering conditions in the Spanish capital, until sub Origi, the two-goal hero in Liverpool’s unforgettable semi-final win over Barcelona, struck a pinpoint low effort into the far corner from the left of the box (87).
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After finishing second to Manchester City in the Premier League by just a point, Jurgen Klopp finally earned his first trophy at Liverpool in his fourth final, while Mauricio Pochettino still waits for his first piece of silverware at Spurs.
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Trippier (6), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Rose (6), Winks (7), Sissoko (5), Alli (4), Eriksen (6), Son (6), Kane (4)
Subs: Moura (5), Dier (5), Llorente (NA)
Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (7), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (8), Fabinho (7), Wijnaldum (6), Henderson (7), Salah (7), Firmino (4), Mane (7)
Subs: Origi (7), Milner (7), Gomez (NA)
Man of the match: Alisson Becker
Liverpool have won their sixth Champions League/European Cup trophy – twice as many as any other English team has won (Man Utd, 3).
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ended a run of six consecutive unsuccessful finals in major competitions, since winning the DFB-Pokal with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
Liverpool (35.4 per cent) have become the first side to win the Champions League final despite having less possession than the opposition since Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in 2010; a final which was also played in Madrid.
This was the first ever Champions League final without a single card shown.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah became the fifth different African player to score in a Champions League/European Cup final, after Rabah Madjer, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Sadio Mane.
Salah’s opener for Liverpool was the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldini (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005.