Madrid: Liverpool won the Champions League on Saturday as the team defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in the final. It is the first time since 2005 that the Reds have managed to win the Champions League. The team had earlier won the European Cup (Champions League) in 1977,1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005.
Tottenham had plenty to smile before the beginning of the match, as Harry Kane started for the Spurs after missing out on the major part of the tournament due to injury.
There was early drama in the match as Sadio Mane earned Liverpool a penalty in the first minute of the match. Mohamed Salah stepped up to take the spot-kick and the Egyptian did not disappoint. Tottenham`s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dived in the right direction but he was unable to prevent Salah from scoring and Liverpool gained a 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute of the match. As a result of this goal, Salah became the first ever Egyptian to score in a European Cup final. This was the second fastest goal in a Champions League final behind Paolo Maldini's goal in 2005 finals.
Spurs were in no mood to be bogged down and made fast-paced moves to get a quick equaliser.
Liverpool, however, kept making imposing moves after scoring the first goal.
The deadlock from here would remain for most parts of the match.
Spurs enjoyed a major part of ball possession in the first half but Liverpool had more attempts on goal in the first half.
In the second half, Spurs once again tried hard to get the equaliser. In the 58th minute of the game, Son Heung-min made a promising move but was not able to convert it into a goal.
In search of the equalising goal, Spurs manager introduced hero from the team`s semi-final win, Lucas Moura, as a substitution in place of Harry Winks in the 66th minute. Eric Dier also came in as a substitution in the 74th minute for the Spurs and he replaced Moussa Cissoko. Tottenham kept on making attack moves but Liverpool`s defenders were up to the task and they did not allow the lead to be squandered.
The Reds had no intention of making attacking moves and all their players pushed deep to defend the ball. In the end, the Belgian Divock Origi sealed the deal for Liverpool as he scored a second goal for the team in the 87th minute and the Reds won the match against Tottenham 2-0. Origi had come in as a substitute for Liverpool.