Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League for the 14th time in their long and illustrious history on Saturday in Paris. Carlo Ancelotti’s team beat Premier League heavyweights Liverpool 1-0 in the final thanks to a second-half goal from Vinicius Junior on one of their few chances.
Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated possession and opportunities, but their finest opportunity in the second half culminated in the game’s lone goal. In the 59th minute, Federico Valverde delivered a hard pass across the box that found Vinicius Jr. at the back post for a very simple score, leaving the Reds stunned.
Liverpool hit the post in the first half and had the most opportunities of the game, but they couldn’t get one past Thibaut Courtois’ incredible goalkeeping effort. The Belgian shot-stopper, a loser in the final eight years ago with city rivals Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid, is now on the triumphant side with a performance that will be remembered for by Betway’s punters for many years. He denied Liverpool’s high-octane attack and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane with every opportunity he had.
Real Madrid only had four shots in the game, while Liverpool had 24. Real had an xG of 0.88 compared to Liverpool’s 2.44. The soccer betting odds strongly favoured Liverpool to win, given their dominance. On the night, Courtois made nine saves. The expected goals against Courtois were 2.14, demonstrating how important he was to the Spanish giants’ win on the night.
Real Madrid completes a memorable double after winning La Liga earlier this season.
The talking point came in the twenty-first minute. Mane penetrated the area, made a move to cross it, and hit a low drive that deflected Courtois in the opposite direction. The goalie was ready for it, getting a little touch on the ball to deflect it off the post.
Man of the Match
Nobody came close to matching Courtois’ performance. His single-handed effect put his side in a position to win the game, despite being an underdog at the beginning of the contest. He did a great job closing down, he was a sure thing in the air, and he didn’t make any mistakes. It was as near to a flawless goalkeeping performance as you can get.
In this match, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Dani Carvajal joined Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to have played in and won five Champions League crowns. They completed four of them together, with Ronaldo’s first coming in 2008 when Manchester United defeated Chelsea.
Most players in Europe’s top leagues never have a chance to play in the Champions League, but going to five and winning them all is legendary. Furthermore, each created an impression on sports enthusiasts on Betway in this one. Benzema was the creator, Modric was the distributor, while Carvajal played outstanding defence to keep Luis Diaz at bay.
Los Blancos have won 14 European titles, and this never gets old for a team that was given little opportunity to succeed. Remember, this side fell to Sheriff in one of the greatest shocks in the group stage and finished the season by defeating the Premier League’s best; Manchester City and Liverpool, in back-to-back games.