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
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’s Madrid team-mates bundle on top of the match-winner after netting one of the great goals in the Champions League
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 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
The 28-year-old celebrates his second with Casemiro and Toni Kroos as Madrid won their third straight Champions League
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
The speedy winger is mobbed by his Liverpool colleagues after pegging Los Blancos back in the second half
Benzema wheels off to celebrate the opening goal as his Madrid team-mates sprint from behind to celebrate with him
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
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
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.
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
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
A Liverpool supporter reacts in disappointment after seeing his team’s star player sustain the painful shoulder injury
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
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 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