The best in Europe! Real Madrid beat Liverpool to reach Champions League final

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to win Europe’s premier football tournament for a record 14th time.

Vinicius Junior’s goal shortly before the hour mark sealed Spain’s victory in the Champions League final.

Goalkeeper Thibault Courtois played an important role, making a series of excellent saves to beat off Jurgen Klopp’s wards.

The Paris triumph capped off a remarkable Champions League streak for Madrid, who came from behind to knock out Chelsea and Manchester City.

At one point, Liverpool looked to complete an unprecedented quad after winning both domestic cup competitions.

But last week they almost lost the Premier League title to Manchester City, and today Real Madrid won.

Master class Courtois

The English team couldn’t get past Madrid goalkeeper Courtois, who deflected a first-half Sadio Mane shot into the post and made an even better save by deflecting a shot from Mohamed Salah in the 81st minute.

Madrid have cemented their status as the king of European football, with the Spanish giant holding twice as many European cups as No. 1. 2nd on the list, AC Milan. Liverpool remained in sixth.

However, pre-match crowd troubles have marred this final and are likely to be the subject of an investigation by UEFA and the authorities in the coming days.

With 45 minutes left before kick-off, Liverpool fans were still standing in long lines waiting to be allowed into the stadium and there were sporadic cases of fans breaking through security and rushing into the lobby.

The Associated Press saw two fans, one wearing a Liverpool uniform, being knocked to the ground and pushed out of the goal by the stewards, while the others managed to make their way to the arena.

Things began to spiral out of control when riot police fired tear gas at Liverpool supporters in line while some fans climbed over fences. Officers with batons and shields ran from gate to gate to prevent fans from rushing into the stadium without showing their tickets.

Approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the match at 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT), a delay was announced due to the late arrival of fans at the stadium. At the stadium, he was greeted with derision, given that these fans had already stood in long lines.