Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo

Spain’s dominance continues

La Liga sides have won 13 of the past 14 European trophies – Champions League, Europa League and Uefa Super Cup.

Speaking of that, the 2018 Super Cup will be a Madrid derby.

More from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to BT Sport: “The first goal I am not sure what happened, whether Karim Benzema stopped it with his hand, and then the overhead kick he could do nothing about. The third goal, the ball had loads of movement on it. It is not the mistakes Loris Karius made, we got to the final as a team and lose as a team. It is about everybody.

“We were not good enough on the night, and I am so proud of the players and the fans who came out for us on the night. I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward.

“Football moves forward, we have a World Cup coming up so you have to move on and the season starts really quickly. We have to be proud of getting here. It will hurt for a while but we have to keep going.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson told BT Sport: “It is disappointing, of course. We did well to get the goal and get back into the game but made mistakes and Real Madrid were really good. They are a fantastic side and will always hurt you, they deserved to win and were better on the night.

“The first 30 or 35 minutes, we dominated with the ball, had a couple of chances but it is frustrating. You have to give credit to them.

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“When Mo Salah got injured they started to dominate with the ball. They scored a goal which was offside in the first half but we stayed in the game. We still believed we could go on but there were a couple of goals on another night which would not have gone in.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the European Cup for the fifth time (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Only Paco Gento has won the title more often (six times – 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1966).

All of Gento’s were at Real Madrid, one of Ronaldo’s was with Manchester United.

‘That’s with him for life now.’

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

Ex Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard speaking on BT Sport: “On a human level you can feel sadness for Loris Karius.

“That’s with him for life now. Mistakes like this are not for this level, the Champions League final. The first one, which kind of changed the momentum of the game, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“It’s a horrible moment for him. he needs some big support from his team-mates now. He didn’t mean that but it’s cost them the game.”