Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League Final to win the European title for the sixth time in their history. The victory allowed them to erase the horrible memory of last year’s defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev. An early penalty from Mohamed Salah gave them the lead, before a late finish from Divock Origi sealed the victory late in the game.
Liverpool got off to a perfect start as they were given a penalty inside two minutes, Moussa Sissoko was judged to have handled Sadio Mane’s pass inside the area. Salah stepped up and slotted the penalty straight down the middle to put his side ahead.
After the goal Tottenham started to get back into the game. The London side had a lot of possession but were struggling to break down a stubborn Liverpool defence. With the game beginning to fizzle out as both sides failed to create chances, Andrew Robertson came close late in the half. The full-back shot was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris late in the half.
Early in the second half, Salah went close as his effort as his goal-bound effort was blocked. Minutes later Deli Alli looked to be through on goal before being denied by a brilliant recovery tackle by Robertson. Jan Vertonghen headed just over from a corner from Danny Rose’s corner just before the hour mark. Mane’s run in the 68th minute led to ball falling to James Milner who dragged a shot inches from the post.
Dele Alli had a chip saved by goalkeeper Alisson before the 23-year-old headed over the bar from Kieran Trippier’s cross. Son Heung-Min had a shot saved before the Brazilian keeper denied substitute Lucas Moura.
Alisson was having a busy time as he brilliantly kept out Christian Eriksen’s free kick. The Reds finally doubled their lead in the 87th minute as substitute Origi slammed a shot into the bottom corner to seal the victory.
The AFP reported that Salah who went off injured early in last year’s final loss to Madrid spoke after the game. "Everyone is happy now, I am glad to play the second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally," Salah told BT Sport.
"Everyone did his best today, no great individual performances today, all the team was unbelievable."
The AFP reported that Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said this was probably the best night of his career. “I'm so happy for the boys, I'm so happy for my family, they suffer every year when we go to a final ... they deserve it more than anybody," Klopp said to BT Sport. “It’s maybe the best night of my life."