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Real Madrid captures 3rd straight Champions League title

Real Madrid captures 3rd straight Champions League title

Real Madrid, who play in Spain's La Liga, are led by Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo in the attack. "I thought we did well to get the goal and get back in the game", Henderson said. "I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it".

Players of Real Madrid celebrate after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018.

Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season, came off just half an hour into the game in tears after hurting himself in a challenge with Sergio Ramos. After leaving the pitch in tears, the Egypt forward will be fearing the worst for his hopes of going to a first World Cup next month.

Despite Salah's performance, Madrid is a favorite for the Champions League final, which will take place in Kiev on Saturday.

The same starting XI that produced the 12th European crown for Real was relied upon to deliver the 13th, as manager Zinedine Zidane used the exact same line-up that defeated Juventus 4-1 in last year's final, meaning Bale was relegated to the bench.




A win Saturday would see them victors three consecutive years, the first team to do so since Germany's Bayern Munich won the then-called European Cup final from 1974-76.

In the tunnel before kickoff there was a furtive glance across to Salah, but the showdown between the world player of the year and a contender for his throne never materialized.

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. Fittingly, Zidane had predicted Madrid's latest rewriting of the history books when he faced the press on Friday.

"From what I said so far it doesn't look really good".

It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance.


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