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Real Madrid 3, Liverpool 1: Champions League Final 2018 First Thoughts

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Liverpool lose a heartbreaker in Kyiv as Mo Salah leaves the pitch early.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Benzema 51’, Bale 64’, 82’
Liverpool 1 Mane 54’

  • PRE-MATCH: I’m going to throw up. I know I’ve said that before as a joke or whatever, but this time I’m serious. I am going to throw up.
  • In other news, the scuttlebutt was wrong, and Bale starts on the bench, which points towards Zidane preferring a 4-D-2. Crossing all my fingers that this works out in our favor.
  • Immediate pressing from Liverpool as the whistle blows. They’re clearly looking get a jump on Madrid early. Yes, yes, why don’t we do that.
  • Salah earns a free kick in a good position, but Liverpool try to get fancy, and Modric knocks it away.
  • We were about a half-step away from seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold score in a Champions League final, and therefore about a half-step away from my early death. Would have been worth it.
  • Liverpool look sharp, and they’re pressing Madrid within an inch of their lives but can’t seem to capitalize on it. And as i say that, Trent forces a save out of Navas in the 22nd minute. Me oh my. JUST SCORE, LIVERPOOL!
  • Mohamed Salah down and holding his shoulder. I NEED AIR. WHY IS THERE NO AIR.
  • Mo tries to come back on the pitch and goes back off in tears. KILL THEM. DESTROY THEM.
  • And a mere moments later, Carvajal goes off crying and clutching his hamstring. Jesus, this got depressing fast.
  • Karius makes a crazy save, Benzema gets the rebound but it’s offside. I can’t stop making weird sounds with my mouth.
  • HALFTIME: I remember when I thought this was going to be enjoyable. I just want REVENGE. Let’s regroup at halftime and start again.
  • Real Madrid start off strong. Trent needlessly gives away possession and nearly pays for it as Isco smashes a shot off of the crossbar. I’m not seeing straight anymore.
  • Goal - Benzema 51’ - I have no words for what just happened. I have no words.
  • GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Mane - 54’ - MANE HELPS MAKE THINGS RIGHT. HE GETS THE FIRST TOUCH ON A REBOUND AND THEY’RE ALL SQUARE AGAIN.
  • And here comes Gareth Bale on in he 60th minute. I’m dutifully reporting from behind my couch.
  • Goal - Bale 63’ - yup, there you go. Bale with a goddamn overhead kick. No stopping that. It was a gorgeous goal, fair play.
  • Mané almost gets another one, but his long range effort clips the post.
  • Goal - Bale 84’ - I feel nothing but pity here for Loris Karius, who has put in a performance that will give him nightmares for years to come.
  • FINAL: It was a fun ride. I hope Salah is ok. Sergio Ramos is a snake. That one hurt. A lot.

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