Real Madrid captures 3rd straight Champions League title

Liverpool and Real Madrid will face off in the Champions League final in Kiev Ukraine on Saturday

The former Real Madrid striker has been impressed by Egyptian rising star Mo Salah, who has starred this season with 44 goals in his first campaign with the Reds.

Three minutes into the second-half Isco struck the crossbar when he should have scored but the breakthrough came in the 51st minute in unfortunate circumstances for Liverpool goalkeeper Karius.

The Egypt worldwide, who has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, hurt his left shoulder while battling for the ball with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. "Not only are we a really good football team, it's in the club's DNA to go for the big things".

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. We didn't win the final, we lost a very important player and Egypt maybe lost a very important player for the World Cup.

Ronaldo at that time told several Real teammates of his intention to leave Madrid at the end of the season, AS reported, after club president Florentino Perez promised Ronaldo a new contract shortly after he helped Los Blancos retain the Champions League last season.

While Cristiano Ronaldo became the first five-time victor in the post-1993 Champions League era, this was a comparatively muted performance in a final for a player who has contributed decisive goals in the three finals Madrid had contested in the previous four seasons.

It was too much for Liverpool to overcome and Real confidently saw out the final minutes to begin a celebration that has become an annual occurrence in the Spanish capital.

He also showed nerves of steel to strike the decisive injury-time penalty in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu to pull Madrid through to the semis 4-3 on aggregate. (EPA) Salah was in tears as he left the pitch.

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Four minutes later, the tears were flowing down the face of Carvajal after the Madrid right back appeared to injure a hamstring while attempting a back-heel. Liverpool, so assertive early on, made Madrid look edgy.

Real thought they had taken the lead just before half-time when Benzema, preferred to Bale, turned in from close range after Ronaldo's header was parried by Karius - but an offside flag cut short the celebrations.

Meanwhile, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane tempered expectations.

He said: "Nobody expected us to be here, but we are because we are Liverpool".

"I've had an wonderful season in the Champions League", said Ronaldo, who has scored a record 120 goals in the competition overall.

"The best I've been doing is to come on and make an impact, and I did".

"I feel great, I am ready for the final".

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