- REAL MADRID 3-1 LIVERPOOL
Gareth Bale then produced two incredible strikes – the first in particular a brilliant overhead kick – to seal the victory, although Karius should have saved the second.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Live Updates (Text)
42: A great ball forward from Benzema on the left, picking out Benzema just outside the box, who slightly flicks the ball back for Ronaldo but the latter does not get the right control as Liverpool manage to clear.
39: Good challenge from Van Dijk as he tracks Modric down the right flank, doing well to get in front of a cross from the Real Madrid midfielder.
Meanwhile, Carvajal finally makes his way down the tunnel. A bit of a cuddle from Salah perhaps?…
37: A very enticing ball over the top from Milner there as he looks to pick out the forward run of Lallana, but it just runs too long and ends up in the hands of Navas.
34: Carvajal is down on the ground now, and he is also in tears. He looks to be distraught after being caught by Robertson.
29: Oh no. This really isn’t good for Salah.
After the corner is delivered, the Egyptian goes to ground in floods of tears. It looks like he doesn’t feel like he can continue. It’s a very sad scene indeed.
28: Good work from Mane there as he takes Varane and Carvajal right down to the baseline as the ball is poked out by the former Real Madrid defender. Varane is arguing with the referee but it’s the right decision.
27: And breath Liverpool fans, Salah is back on his feet and back on the field.
24: SHOTS!! The best so far from Liverpool as Milner gets away down the left before pulling the ball back for Firmino in the middle. The Brazilian turns with the ball before shooting – but it goes straight into the body of Ramos.
The loose ball then lands to Alexander-Arnold on the right who hits a great effort, but Navas makes a brilliant low save to deny him the opener.
23: Another good move from Liverpool but they are thwarted by the experience of Ramos as Firmino tries to slide Mane in down the left of the box, but the Real Madrid defender gets there first to see the ball away.
22: Free kick for Real Madrid just inside their own area as Salah fouls Isco. They do not make too much from it though before winning another in a similar spot, but over on the other side as Milner goes into Carvajal.
The Real Madrid man makes a bit of a meal of it but gets the advantage.
20: All you can hear are the Liverpool fans inside the Kiev Olympic Stadium at the moment and they have plenty to sing about with the Reds doing well so far.
However, Liverpool do win the first corner of the game, and Van Dijk nearly gets his head onto it towards the back post but Navas is just behind him to punch away the danger.
17: A good defensive header from Robertson as Isco whips a cross in from the left-hand side, searching for Ronaldo, but the Liverpool defender heads away with ease.
Carvajal dinks a ball over the top of his defender before setting Ronaldo away down the right flank. The forward then cuts into the area before firing an absolute rocket – but it’s on a tight angle and goes flying over the crossbar.
Danger signs for Liverpool.
13: Real Madrid are seeing their time on the ball now, but they are yet to make too much from it, mostly constricted to their own half.
This comes to an end when Liverpool win the free kick on the halfway line as Kroos fouls Mane.
11: A speculative effort from Marcelo there as he lets fly from just outside the area after getting away from Milner, but it flashes well wide of the post.
Can they make the early pressure count?…
8: CLOSE! Another good move forward from Liverpool as Firmino’s header bounces off the shoulder of Ramos before nearly making it to Alexander-Arnold, but Ramos is out to smother the loose ball before the defender can strike.
7: What a superb ball from Firmino! He plays the ball in behind the Real Madrid defence, trying to pick out Mane through the middle and he nearly succeeds, but Varane is tracking the latter well and manages to skew the ball away along with the helping hands of Navas.
6: An interesting free kick routine as Salah runs past the ball to the middle of the area and is fed the ball by Milner. He strikes, but it hammers into the body of Modric before going clear.
4: A lovely passage of play from Liverpool as they work the ball across the top of the area, with Salah picking out the run of Alexander-Arnold down the right of the field.
The youngster then whips a cross into the area, but Varane does well to see it behind.
3: OFFSIDE! A first test for Karius and he does fairly well, coming off him line to punch a Carvajal cross away from the path of a waiting Isco in the middle.
However, the offside flag is raised against the Real Madrid man as Liverpool win the advantage.
2: Well this has started with a bit of fire! Marcelo bundles Salah off the ball as the Liverpool man tries to make his way into the box, before Lovren leaves one on Ronaldo over on the touchline.
Just letting him know, he’s there, of course…
AND THE MATCH KICK OFF
Contrary to some reports this morning, Gareth Bale will once more have to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench as he did this time last year against Juventus in the final.
Zidane makes two changes from the side which drew 2-2 at Villarreal in their final La Liga game of the season as Karim Benzema replaces the Welshman while Keylor Navas returns in goal in place of Luca Zidane.