Updated: Liverpool smash Tottenham to win sixth Champions League title

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Liverpool defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win their sixth Champions League title in Madrid, thanks to an early goal from Mohamed Salah and late goal from Divock Origi.

Less than two minutes of play, Salah smashed in his spot-kick after Moussa Sissoko had been penalised for handball in the area.

Sadio Mané’s cross struck first the chest of the France midfielder and then his right arm, which was out in front of him, pointing. The referee, Damir Skomina, pointed to the spot after only 22 seconds. Salah struck the ball just off centre to Hugo Lloris’s left. The goalkeeper went the right way but the shot had far too much power.

The win at the Wanda Metropolitano was sweet redemption for Salah and especially Klopp, who had suffered defeat in his last six major finals, including Champions League showpieces with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool last year.

“I am so happy for the boys all these people, and my family. They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody,” said the elated German.

“Did you ever see a team like, this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? And we have a keeper (Alisson Becker) who makes difficult things look easy. It is the best night of our professional lives.”

His opposite number Mauricio Pochettino praised his team’s determined efforts to get themselves back into the game.

“We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, a little bit unlucky. To be 1-0 down from the start was tough, we changed our plans but we are very proud of these players and these fans. We can be optimistic.”

Perhaps the occasion was just too much for Tottenham in their first ever appearance in the Champions League final.

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UEFA Champions League final: 5 things to expect as Liverpool battle Tottenham

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After months of upsets, drama and nailbiting moments, the European soccer season comes to a climax with the UEFA Champions League final this Saturday, taking place in the city of Madrid.

Last season runners-up, Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspurs in an all-English cracker at the famous Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Tottenham are in their first ever Champions League final while Liverpool are last season’s runners-up and will be hoping to clinch their sixth European title.

Both teams mounted spectacular semi-final comebacks to reach the final, each recovering from three goals down.

While Liverpool won 4-0 in their second leg against Barcelona at Anfield to progress 4-3 on aggregate, Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena gave Spurs a 3-2 victory at Ajax, and an away-goals success.

In terms of head-to-head, Tottenham and Liverpool have met in 170 previous matches across all competitions. However, the Reds have dominated the rivalry, claiming 79 wins compared to 48 for Spurs, while 43 matches have been drawn.

Here we analyze the possible outcomes from this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final.

Sixth European Cup for Liverpool

 Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are bidding to win their sixth European Cup and the first since the unforgettable night in Istanbul in 2005. Should they triumph, Liverpool will go above Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the list of winners, behind only AC Milan with 7 wins and Real Madrid holding 13 wins.

Harry Kane Absence

Tottenham will be without their star player Harry Kane. The England captain has not played since an ankle ligament injury suffered against Manchester City on April 9.  Whether he will be ready to start in a game of such intensity is another matter. Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says it is a decision he is giving a … Read More...