Real Madrid win 14th UCL title (Sports News) – Real Madrid bucked the odds and narrowly defeated Liverpool 1-0 as they won the UEFA Champions League for a record-extending 14th time, with Vinicius Jr. scoring the only goal of the match on 59 minutes, and a sensational performance by Thibaut Courtois between the sticks. Let’s look more into the details of this historic event.
Real Madrid Win 14th UCL – Match Recap
The final was delayed due to tension outside at the Stade de France, as fans without tickets tried to break into the stadium. Liverpool were the favourites in the match, and were on track to winning the last and biggest trophy they were in competition for. However, the Reds, though attacking plenty failed to see an opening and was constantly frustrated by Thibaut Courtois’ brilliant saves. The Belgian keeperpushed Mané’s shot in the first half shot onto the post, and denied Salah’s curling shot from landing onto the side netting.
On the other hand, Real Madrid delayed their attack on Liverpool, and were almost close to breaking the deadlock after a brilliant Karim Benzema goal play was ruled offside. The video assisted referee (VAR) check upheld the ruling, preserving the stalemate at the break.
Los Blancos finally found the breakthrough before the hour mark when Vinicius Jr combined in a drive, with Vini netting past Alisson. The effort sent Madrid fans into a frenzy, while Liverpool supporters fell silent. The Reds were unable to equalise in full time, to give Los Blancos their first UCL title since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid Win 14th UCL – Benzema Tournament’s Top Scorer
Benzema was also named top scorer of the 2021/22 Champions League season, a feat that he accomplished for the first time. With a goal tally of 12 this season, he beat other starts such as Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah for the honour. This honour will serve as a boost to his campaign for the 2022 Ballon d’Or, of which he is the frontrunner.
The top five goal scorers for the UCL are the following:
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid (15)
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich (13)
Sebastien Haller, Ajax (11)
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (8)
(tie) Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City (7); Christopher Nkunku, RB Leipzig (7)
Real Madrid Win 14th UCL – Disappoinment for Liverpool
Meanwhile, losing manager Jurgen Klopp lamented the change in fortunes for Liverpool after a great start to the year with to cups. “In the dressing room nobody feels it was a great season at this moment,” said the German-born Reds boss.
With the UCL final result, Liverpool lost their second trophy competition in a week, having failed to win the English Premier League days earlier. Once contenders for a season Quadruple, they now settle for a domestic double, winning the English Football League (EFL) Carabao Cup and FA Cup by beating Chelsea by penalties on both occasions.
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