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Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 2 Liverpool



 

Liverpool are champions of Europe again.

Mohamed Salah’s second-minute penalty and a late Divock Origi strike saw the Reds claim the continent’s biggest club prize for a sixth time by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano.

Clinical finishing, coupled with an indomitable performance from Alisson Becker, proved the difference in a tight, tense encounter played out amid stifling heat.

Defeated 12 months ago in Kiev, Jürgen Klopp’s men were not to be denied Champions League glory this time around.

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Team news

Roberto Firmino started after missing Liverpool’s previous three matches due to a muscle injury, while Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were picked in midfield.

For Tottenham, Harry Kane was passed fit to start following his ankle issue, with Lucas Moura making way for the striker.

First half

The term ‘perfect start’ perhaps counts as overused footballing parlance, but it would be remiss to describe the opening couple of minutes in any other way from a Liverpool point of view.

Around 30 seconds had elapsed when Sadio Mane’s early enterprise was rewarded, as referee Damir Skomina pointed to the spot once the No.10’s attempted cross struck Moussa Sissoko high on the arm.

With James Milner on the bench, the task from 12 yards was Salah’s - a responsibility the Egyptian relished, drilling his penalty hard and true past Hugo Lloris.

Spurs responded well to that earliest of setbacks, although Alisson remained untroubled thanks to the organisation and solidity displayed by those in front of him.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, the first player in history under the age of 21 to start consecutive Champions League finals, then showcased his prodigious talents at both ends of the field within a thrilling three-minute spell.

First, the right-back whistled a long-range shot just past the far post after Fabinho had hungrily regained possession centrally, before he then superbly thwarted Heung-Min Son in a one-on-one duel after the forward’s out-to-in run had been found from deep by Christian Eriksen.

Unsurprisingly given the prize at stake, plus the quality of opposition, neither side was willing to over-commit with the scoreline so delicately poised.

Liverpool’s other full-back, Andy Robertson, was next to try his luck on goal with seven minutes of the first period remaining.

Joel Matip picked out the Scot with a beautiful, faded pass and the No.26 rampaged into Spurs territory before forcing Lloris to palm his rasping, rising drive from distance over the crossbar.

Second half

With the lead theirs and the onus on Tottenham, Liverpool seemed to adopt a reactive, rather than proactive, approach in the early going of the second 45.

But, after Lloris had just beaten Mane to Robertson’s cross from the left and Alexander-Arnold blocked Dele Alli’s attempt at the other end, Klopp signalled his intention to switch that stance with a double substitution around the hour mark.

Origi and Milner were those summoned - in place of Firmino and Wijnaldum - and the latter was a matter of inches away from making it 2-0 soon after his introduction.

A surging dribble from Mane brought about the chance, and Salah teed up the vice-captain 16 yards out. His low, left-footed effort left Lloris motionless, but rolled agonisingly wide of the post.

As time ticked away, Spurs upped the ante in search of the equaliser.

Yet another example of imperious defending by Virgil van Dijk ensured Son’s surging run could not end with a shot on goal, before Alisson took centre stage.

The Brazilian produced a brilliant double-save to deny Son then Moura, and dived sharply to his left to tip Eriksen’s whipped free-kick from an angle wide with five minutes remaining.

And then, Origi sealed it.

Spurs could only partially clear Milner’s corner and, after collecting Matip’s cushioned pass, Origi unerringly sent a left-footed shot back across Lloris and into the net behind which Liverpool’s fans duly celebrated a sixth European Cup win in delirious fashion.


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Champions League, Final, Saturday 1st June 2019
Tottenham Hotspur Kick Off - 20:00pm Liver;pool

0:2


Half Time 0:1
Venue - Estadio Metropolitano Shirt Worn - Home Live on - BT Sports

Goals
0:1  2' Mohamed Salah / Penalty
0:2  87' Divock Origi / left footed shot assisted by Matip

 Line-Ups
 1  Hugo Lloris    13  Alisson  
 5  Jan Vertonghen    66  Trent Alexander-Arnold  
 3  Danny Rose    4  Virgil van Dijk  
 2  Kieran Trippier    32  Joel Matip  
 4  Toby Alderweireld    26  Andrew Robertson  
 23  Christian Eriksen    14  Jordan Henderson  
 8  Harry Winks     5  Georginio Wijnaldum   
 7  Son Heung-Min    3  Fabinho  
 20  Dele Alli     11  Mohamed Salah  
 17  Moussa Sissoko     10  Sadio Mané   
 10  Harry Kane    8  Roberto Firmino   

 Substitutes  Substitues

 27 Lucas Moura     62  Caoimhin Kelleher  
 18  Fernando Llorente     18  Alberto Moreno  
 16  Kyle Walker-Peters    6  Dejan Lovren  
 15  Eric Dier     15  Daniel Sturridge  
 12  Victor Wanyama    23  Xherdan Shaqiri  
 33  Ben Davies    12  Joseph Gomez   
 13  Michel Vorm    27  Divock Origi   
 6  Davinson Sánchez    20  Adam Lallana  
 24  Serge Aurier    24  Rhian Brewster  
 21  Juan Foyth    21  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain  
 11  Erik Lamela    22  Simon Mignolet  
 22  Paulo Gazzaniga    7  James Milner   

 Manager: Mauricio Pochettino  Manager: Jurgen Klopp

 Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid
 63,272
 Damir Skomina (SVN)
 Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN),
 Danny Makkelie (NED)
 Mark Borsch (GER), Pol van Boekel (NED), Felix Zwayer (GER)
 Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur Stats Liverpool
Attacking
0 Goals 2
16 Total Shots (inc blocked shots) 14
8 Shots on Target 3
2 Blocked Shots 6
7 Shots from outside the box 8
9 Shots from inside the box 6
57.1% Shot Accuracy (excluding blocked shots) 37.55
0 Woodwork Hit 0
General Play
64.6% Possession % 35.4%
53.1% Duels Won % 46.9%
51.7% Aerial Duels Won % 48.3%
6 Interceptions 4
7 Dribbles 2
3 Offsides 2
8 Corners 9
Distribution
510 Total Passes 272
15.1% % of Passes Long 22.4%
80% Passing Accuaracy % 64.3%
64.5% Passing Accuracy opp Half % 50.6%
21 Total Crosses 16
28.6% Successful Crosses % 6.3%
Defence & Discipline
7 Tackles 11
42.9% Tackles Won % 81.8%
23 Clearances 34
5 Fouls Conceded 6
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0