Bale’s Madrid win 3rd straight CL to save the Pope!

May 26, 2018

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: Los Blancos win third straight Champions League title

Bale scored an incredible bicycle kick from the edge of the penalty area to put Real Madrid 2-1 ahead against Liverpool

Bale scored an incredible bicycle kick from the edge of the penalty area to put Real Madrid 2-1 ahead against Liverpool

The Wales international pulled off the unthinkable in the 64th minute, leaving Loris Karius with absolutely no chance

The Wales international pulled off the unthinkable in the 64th minute, leaving Loris Karius with absolutely no chance

Bale lands on the floor while the ball flies into the top corner of Karius' net in the 64th minute on Saturday night

Bale lands on the floor while the ball flies into the top corner of Karius’ net in the 64th minute on Saturday night

Bale celebrates in style after stunning the crowd at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday night

Bale celebrates in style after stunning the crowd at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday night

Bale dives to the floor in celebration as Marcelo goes over to congratulate him for his memorable strike
Bale dives to the floor in celebration as Marcelo goes over to congratulate him for his memorable strike
Bale's Madrid team-mates bundle on top of the match-winner after netting one of the great goals in the Champions League 

Bale’s Madrid team-mates bundle on top of the match-winner after netting one of the great goals in the Champions League 

Gareth Bale pulled off the spectacular to ensure Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League title after beating Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday night.

Liverpool got off to a brilliant start in Kiev, with both Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold among the names to go close for the Reds. However, their impressive opening was somewhat dampened by a shoulder injury to Mohamed Salah, who was forced off in the 31st minute after Sergio Ramos awkwardly hauled him down to the ground.

After Karim Benzema saw a first half effort ruled out for offside, the French striker did open the scoring in bizarre fashion in the 51st minute after intercepting Loris Karius’ throw to poke home into the empty net.

But Liverpool fought back in impressive fashion, when Sadio Mane tapped home past Keylor Navas after latching on to a determined header from team-mate Dejan Lovren.

With the game intriguingly poised, it was Bale who stole the show, scoring an incredible bicycle kick from the edge of the penalty area, which left Karius with absolutely no chance as the ball nestled into the top corner. And he then sealed his side’s victory late on in the game, firing in from long-range, leaving Karius red-faced again as he fumbled the ball into the net.

The former Premier League winner strikes the ball at goal as Liverpool players give him the space outside the penalty area

Karius produced a massive clanger, fumbling Bale's stinging shot into the net to ensure Madrid doubled their lead

The German goalkeeper fails to hold on to Bale's fierce left-footed strike, which sealed victory for the Spanish giants

The German goalkeeper fails to hold on to Bale’s fierce left-footed strike, which sealed victory for the Spanish giants

Bale was the hero in Kiev as he scored twice in the second half after coming off the bench to replace Isco

Bale was the hero in Kiev as he scored twice in the second half after coming off the bench to replace Isco

The 28-year-old celebrates his second with Casemiro and Toni Kroos as Madrid won their third straight Champions League

The 28-year-old celebrates his second with Casemiro and Toni Kroos as Madrid won their third straight Champions League

Karius reacts on the floor by putting his hands over his face following his second clanger of the night in Kiev

Sadio Mane levelled the scoring at 1-1 in the 55th minute after tapping home following a header from Dejan Lovren

Mane got the decisive touch on the ball ahead of Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was left stranded on the ground

Mane got the decisive touch on the ball ahead of Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was left stranded on the ground

Mane gets up to celebrate in front of the delighted Liverpool fans just four minutes after Liverpool went behind

Mane gets up to celebrate in front of the delighted Liverpool fans just four minutes after Liverpool went behind

The speedy winger is mobbed by his Liverpool colleagues after pegging Los Blancos back in the second half

The speedy winger is mobbed by his Liverpool colleagues after pegging Los Blancos back in the second half

Karim Benzema opened the scoring in bizarre fashion after Loris Karius threw the ball directly onto his foot

The Frenchman read the Liverpool goalkeeper's throw out and got a lucky touch on the ball that rolled into the corner

Benzema wheels off to celebrate the opening goal as his Madrid team-mates sprint from behind to celebrate with him

Benzema wheels off to celebrate the opening goal as his Madrid team-mates sprint from behind to celebrate with him

Benzema is the first French goalscorer in a Champions League final since Zinedine Zidane against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002

The striker, who has endured a tough season with Madrid, is mobbed by his jubilant team-mates on Saturday

Isco missed a golden opportunity to put Madrid ahead immediately in the second half, seeing his effort hit the crossbar

Isco and both sets of players watch on as they wait to find out whether his effort will nestle into the net

Isco and both sets of players watch on as they wait to find out whether his effort will nestle into the net

Isco and Sergio Ramos react after the former hits the crossbar after seeing his effort fly over Karius in the Liverpool goal

Isco and Sergio Ramos react after the former hits the crossbar after seeing his effort fly over Karius in the Liverpool goal

Karim Benzema thought he had opened the scoring for the La Liga giants but his effort was ruled out for offside

Karim Benzema thought he had opened the scoring for the La Liga giants but his effort was ruled out for offside

The French striker pounced after Loris Karius did brilliantly to save Ronaldo's bullet header late on in the first half

The French striker pounced after Loris Karius did brilliantly to save Ronaldo’s bullet header late on in the first half

The 30-year-old was marginally offside as he pounced on the ball following Ronaldo's saved header in the 44th minute

Benzema reacts after finding out that the linesman had ruled out his strike at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

Benzema reacts after finding out that the linesman had ruled out his strike at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE:

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal (Nacho 37), Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco (Bale 61), Benzema (Asensio 88), Ronaldo.

Subs: Casilla, Hernandez, Lucas, Kovacic.

Scorers: Benzema 51, Bale 64, 83

Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner (Can 82), Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah (Lallana 31), Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno, Solanke.

Scorers: Mane 55 

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 

This is how Gareth Bale incredibly put Real Madrid 2-1 ahead in the 64th minute on Saturday night against Liverpool. CLICK HERE to take a look at our brilliant MATCH ZONE.

This is how Gareth Bale incredibly put Real Madrid 2-1 ahead in the 64th minute on Saturday night against Liverpool.

Just moments after seeing Mohamed Salah come off with an injury, Dani Carvajal was the next to be forced off 

Just moments after seeing Mohamed Salah come off with an injury, Dani Carvajal was the next to be forced off 

The Madrid right back cries as he walks around the pitch before heading to the tunnel with an injury

The Madrid right back cries as he walks around the pitch before heading to the tunnel with an injury

Mohamed Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury in the 31st minute after Sergio Ramos hauled him down to the ground

Salah lies on the floor in agony on his own after awkwardly falling to the floor following Ramos' clumsy challenge

Salah lies on the floor in agony on his own after awkwardly falling to the floor following Ramos’ clumsy challenge

The Egyptian, who will be desperate to be fit for the World Cup, was visibly emotional as was forced off on the weekend

The Egyptian, who will be desperate to be fit for the World Cup, was visibly emotional as was forced off on the weekend

Ronaldo and Sadio Mane console the very emotional winger, who was replaced by Adam Lallana after 31 minutes

A Liverpool supporter reacts in disappointment after seeing his team's star player sustain the painful shoulder injury

A Liverpool supporter reacts in disappointment after seeing his team’s star player sustain the painful shoulder injury

Youngster Trent-Alexander Arnold goes close to opening the scoring with a stinging effort, which is saved by Keylor Navas

Virgil van Dijk, signed from Southampton for £75million, gets to the ball in the air before Navas but heads over the crossbar

Andy Robertson challenges for the ball with Spain international Isco with both teams battling to break the deadlock

Andy Robertson challenges for the ball with Spain international Isco with both teams battling to break the deadlock

Deadly Liverpool forward Salah goes down following pressure from Madrid defenders Marcelo and Sergio Ramos 

Deadly Liverpool forward Salah goes down following pressure from Madrid defenders Marcelo and Sergio Ramos 

Dejan Lovren makes himself known to five-time Ballon d'Or winner during the opening minutes in Ukraine

Dejan Lovren makes himself known to five-time Ballon d’Or winner during the opening minutes in Ukraine

Liverpool supporters proudly hold up their club scarves during the early stages of the Champions League final

Liverpool supporters proudly hold up their club scarves during the early stages of the Champions League final

Liverpool fans were in full voice before and throughout the match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Saturday

Liverpool fans were in full voice before and throughout the match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Saturday

Popular pop artist Dua Lipa performs on the pitch before kick-off in the eagerly-anticipated showdown

Popular pop artist Dua Lipa performs on the pitch before kick-off in the eagerly-anticipated showdown

Dua Lipa performs on stage just minutes before kick-off between Liverpool and Madrid on Saturday night

Star men: Salah and Ronaldo shake hands as the two teams go through their usual pre-match routine

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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