Champions League final: Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in Kyiv

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The Portuguese has had to take extra responsibility in attack this season for Madrid as Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have struggled for form at various stages of the season.

Liverpool have been beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final after two goals from Gareth Bale.

"Very disappointed not to start the game; I felt like I deserved it".

Liverpool's hopes of securing a sixth UEFA Champions League crown were rocked as star winger Mohamed Salah exited the 2018 final in the 30th minute with tears streaming down his cheeks after suffering a suspected shoulder injury.

Fans are gathering in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for the biggest event in the footballing calendar - the European Champions League final.

The former Manchester United favourite scored twice in last year's final against Juventus and in the 2014 win over City rivals Atletico.

The Egyptian tried to continue but went down to the turf once again four minutes later in obvious pain and pointing to his left shoulder, before he was replaced by Adam Lallana.

18-Liverpool earns the first corner kick of the game, but Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk loses a ball in the air to Real Madrid Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, resulting in a goalkick.

His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal - the Real right back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.

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

But a second mistake from Karius, who spilled a long shot from Bale into his net in the 83rd minute, sealed victory for Madrid and a 13th European Cup success. Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane but the five-time European champions were only fleetingly back in the game.

And not in a good way, for Loris Karius at least.

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