Liverpool and Real Madrid in a duel for the European “throne” – football

Four years after Gareth Bale’s brilliant ‘bike’ show and Loris Karius’ ‘disastrous’ show in Kyiv, Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet again to decide the Champions League final for the third time.

The Spanish champions and runners-up of the English Premier League held a duel scheduled on Saturday, at the Stade de France, in the outskirts of Paris, in a rematch of the 2018 decision, when the Merengues team won for the thirteenth time the main European Cup. Compete with football and clubs and consolidate their position as record holders.

On May 26 of that year, two goals from Welshman Gareth Bale – one of which was an acrobatic kick – and the goal of Frenchman Karim Benzema gave expression to a 3-1 victory over the “Reds”, which was even tied in the match by Sadio Mane. But they could not resist the mistakes of the goalkeeper himself, the German Karius, who “presented” “Chinese” goals to the opponent.

40 years ago, in 1981, the two logos actually faced each other for the first time in the European Cup final, curiously in Paris, where Liverpool won 1-0 and won one of the six “ears” in their history, the last of which was raised in Kyiv’s “hangover”, in 2019, after a final against Tottenham Hotspur, in Madrid.

On the other hand, it was the third and final defeat for Real Madrid who won the last seven matches.

On Saturday, in Saint-Denis, two of the clubs that won the tournament more than once and participated in the final, with Real Madrid reaching 17th place, and Liverpool 10th, will face each other.

Despite the surprise defeat at home to Sharif, the Spaniards finished the group stage as leaders, ahead of Inter Milan, Moldova and Shakhtar Donetsk, to qualify for the 25th consecutive time for the knockout stage of the ‘Champions’, in which they cemented their special relationship. With this competition, this was the almost “epic” way in which they beat the three “new rich people” in European football: Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Parisians were on the verge of qualifying in the round of 16, winning 1-0 in the first leg and taking a 1-0 lead in the second, but Benzema smashed the ‘hopes’ of his compatriots, and in 17 minutes. , signed the “hat-trick” that put Carlo Ancelotti’s group in the “quarters”.

The 3-1 win at home to Chelsea, again with three goals from the Frenchman, seemed to lead Real Madrid to the next stage, but the English hit back in the Spanish capital and arrived at the 3-0 score that would have given them the qualification, had that been the case. The Brazilian Rodrygo does not have a reduced and forced extra time, during which Benzema secured the madridista’s passing.

With no two without three, the semi-final against Manchester City was also full of suspense: the English won at home 4-3 and were on the verge of repeating their presence in the decision when Mahrez extended the supremacy in a draw in Madrid. . However, Rodrygo eliminated this advantage, scoring twice in the 90th and 90+1 minutes, and Benzema – again – confirmed the pass in overtime.

The quietest was the way for Liverpool led by Diogo Jota, who had an impressive group stage, with six victories in the same number of matches, against FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, before eliminating Inter Milan in the round of 16. , with a 2-0 victory in Italy and a 0-1 defeat at home.

Benfica followed in the quarter-finals, where the team led by Jurgen Klopp practically completed the qualifiers at the Estadio da Luz (3-1 win), before drawing 3-3 at Anfield Road, a “relaxation” similar to what happened in the semi-final which, in these The situation, it could have dire consequences for the English team.

After achieving 2-0 in England, the “Reds” saw Villarreal draw “El Madrigal”, but Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane expressed the overwhelming reaction of Liverpool, who won 3-2 and qualified for the final, a year after landing in the quarter-final competition “Million Dollars”, on the feet of Real Madrid.

The Champions League final, which will devote the successor to Chelsea, is scheduled for Saturday, at 8:00 pm (Lisbon time), at the Stade de France, with the refereeing by the Frenchman Clement Turpin.

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