Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday to win the trophy for a record-extending 14th time. Vinicius Junior scored the game’s only goal.
The delayed kick-off due to problems outside the stadium may have contributed to the game’s lethargic start, as it took 16 minutes for Mohamed Salah to turn a low Trent Alexander-Arnold cross towards goal, only for Courtois to save.
Liverpool were considered favorites to avenge their loss to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv, and they quickly took control of the game.
In the 21st minute, Mane skipped his way into a shooting position inside the box, only for Courtois to tip his goal-bound attempt onto his right-hand post.
Klopp’s side were on top, with Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara starting in midfield after overcoming fitness concerns, but they were unable to convert their advantage into a lead.
Real, on the other hand, created absolutely nothing in the first half, with Karim Benzema remaining quiet, but their captain thought he had scored two minutes before the break.
After the ball broke back to him inside the box, the Frenchman prodded home, but the offside flag was raised.
Despite Fabinho deflecting Valverde’s touch through to Benzema, the goal was disallowed following a long VAR review.
As the hour mark came, though, Ancelotti’s team maintained their composure and were rewarded with a goal.
Valverde drove down the right flank before shooting a low ball across the face of goal for Vinicius to turn in at the far post past Alisson of the Brazilian national team.
Real had drew first blood, just as they did in 2018, but this time there was no need to send on Gareth Bale to ensure victory.
Courtois was outstanding, leaping to his right to prevent a Salah curler before making two rapid saves late in the game.
When substitute Diogo Jota redirected Salah’s shot towards goal, the Belgian got down low, and then he used a strong arm to turn a Salah strike behind.