Champions League final: Salah, Origi goals give Liverpool sixth Champions League title

Follow the LIVE score and updates from the Champions League final between English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Tottenham's Harry Kane and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah are their team's respective talismans.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Good evening and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

 

Liverpool in all its Champions League glory. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

 

Liverpool now goes up to collect the Champions League title. Jordan Henderson is handed the trophy and he lifts it aloft in pure delight in the company of his team-mates and the Liverpool staff.

Ian Rush brings out the Champions League trophy out to the podium. Sadio Mane impatiently runs towards him and has a light moment.  Spurs come to collect their runners-up medals.

This is Liverpool's night! So many heroes to pick out from over the course of the season. Salah, Mane, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Origi, Wijnaldum, Henderson among other support cast. And then there was the collosal center-back Virgil Van Dijk and the impenetrable Allison Becker in goal! Liverpool has truly transformed into a team in Jurgen Klopp's image. The final wasn't a pretty performance with Liverpool winning with just 35 per cent possession, the lowest in a Champions League win since Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in 2010.  This, however, shows Klopp can alter his philosophy and can set up his team to be smart with its possession play.

Harry Kane is dejected and hasn't moved from his spot in the last five minutes. Pochettino was worried in the pre-match over how and when he would Kane in the final. There will surely be question marks on his decision to start the England striker in favour of the in-form Moura tonight. Kane looked largely peripheral on the night. There will also be fingers pointed in the way of the referee, Damir Skomina, for awarding the first minute penalty and, perhaps, the debate will rage on into the night and beyond.

Origi's goal which sealed Liverpool's Champions League title. PHOTO: REUTERS   -  Reuters

 

Referee blows final whistle and Liverpool wins the Champions League title! It's first Champions League since 2005, sixth European Cup/Champions League. This is Liverpool's first trophy since 2012 and the first of the Jurgen Klopp era. Redemption for many of the Liverpool players after their disappointment of last season's Champions League final and its narrow loss to Manchester City in the Premier League title race earlier this month.

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'You will never walk alone' sung by Reds fans in the stands

90+ 3' Allison with two more saves! A diving left handed effort from a Son drive then a regulation save hit straight at him by Kane.

90+ 1' Rose cuts in from the left and takes a right footed shot and Allison again dives low to make the save.

FIVE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

90' Spurs have gone for the long ball approach now but they are finding Allison and not a Spurs attacker.

87' NAME ON THE TROPHY!!!!! DIVOCK ORIGI HAS SURELY SEALED LIVERPOOL'S SIXTH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE! A Liverpool corner is deflected into Origi's path on the left inside the box and he slams it low into the bottom corner. The celebrations have started in the stands!

84' ALLISON AGAIN! That's why Liverpool paid the big bucks for the shot-stopper! Eriksen's effort is thwarted out with a full-stretch save from Allisson!

83' Foul right outside Liverpool's box! Milner clips Rose just outside the penalty area. Eriksen behind it.

Alli goes off for Fernando Llorente.

80' A double save from Allison! Son stings the 'keeper's palm from the right before Moura was found in the center by Rose, but Allison dives low to keep the ball from not going in.

79' Kane finds Trippier on the right with a cross-field pass. Trippier's cross is accurate but Alli's header is off target from over six yards out.

75' Son tries to break into the Liverpool box but Van Dijk, as he has been for most of thos extra-ordinary season, is there to clear the ball away from danger.

Sissoko goes off for Eric Dier

73' Son plays Alli on the left but the latter's curling effort had no power behind it and Allison collects it with ease. For a moment it looked like the ball was going in to the far corner.

71' Some desperate defending from Spurs!!! Salah on the counter plays the ball into the box and is cleared away from danger first by Sissoko and then by Vertonghen.


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Milner!! Mane with a superb display of pace and strength makes a run into Spurs' box whioch allows Salah to set Milner. The midfielder's left-footed shot narrowly misses the near post.

We have got through to Pochettino. He brings Moura on for Harry Winks.  25 minutes to go in the half. Spurs to play in a 4-2-3-1 with Eriksen sitting with Sissoko.

Where is Lucas Moura?!

Second Liverpool change. James Milner comes for his 98th European appearance, replacing Wijnaldum.

61'  Eriksen facnies another shot from distance and he strikes his own player, Harry Kane, this time.

58' Vertonghen's off target header from a corner is followed by the first substitution of the evening. Divock Origi comes on for Firmino, who had an ordinary outing tonight.  The Belgian striker will play through the middle.

57' Son dribbles in Liverpool area but he can't find a way past Robertson and has to contend with a corner.

55' Spurs have a big chance at the other end!  A ball over the top finds Alli inside Liverpool's box, who sets himself up for a shot. His shot is blocked by Liverpool defender.

54' Liverpool nearly had its second goal there. Salah was played one-on-one, who cut inside and struck his shot at Vertonghen.

53' Fabinho's effort form distance is deflected and is collected easily by Lloris.

52' Spurs break on the counter through Sissoko and Eriksen, who plays a ball on the right to Winks. Winks loooks to break into the box but is blocked by Robertson.

48' Kane swings in a cross from the left and it just evades Son inside the box.

46' We are back for the second half. Can Spurs mount a comeback? No changes for both sides.

Second half

 

It will be quite a story for Mohamed Salah if his penalty wins Liverpool the Champions League. Many would remember his tearful substitution in last year's final against Real Madrid after a collision with Sergio Ramos injured his shoulder. What would be talked about by Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool's first half performance?

There will be question marks now on Harry Kane's inclusion, who has not had an effect on the final in the first half. Lucas Moura must be bemused by his relegation to the bench but there is another 45 minutes to play with and Spurs just have a goal to overturn.

Referee blows for half-time whistle. Liverpool goes into the break with the lead.  But since Salah's penalty it has been all Spurs. Liverpool has been happy to concede possession and look to play on the break. Spurs haven't yet made the possession dominace count and have failed to convert it into any meaningful chance yet.

45' Son sets up Eriksen outside the box, who fancies it. But his shot is left to be desired as he blazes it in the crowd.

44' Spurs with a three on four counter attack with Alli in possession but his pass is mishit as he looks for Son. Allison comes out to collect the ball.  A wasted opportunity for Spurs.

43' Oh Lloris. He fluffs Salah's tame deflected shot from range into another corner kick. Luckily for him, the resulting corner from Liverpool is poor.

Here is the moment Salah gave Liverpool the lead. PHOTO: REUTERS

 

39' Vertonghen hurts his right elbow from the resulting corner. He looks okay to continue.

It took just one pass for Liverpool to cut Spurs open there. Liverpool looks threatening on the counter.

38' Robertson! The Livperool left-back rockets a shot at goal from outside the box after a surging run. Lloris does well to get his fingertips to thwart it away from goal.

Tottenham is winning... the possession stat with 65%.

36' Henderson does well to intercept a cross-field pass and makes a run down the right channel. But his cross is dreadful and finds no Liverpool attacker.

33' Nearly.... Sissoko holds off his marker and looks to thread a ball to Son behind Liverpool's defence. Matip, however, is alert to the danger and snuffs it out.

32' Rose makes a surging run after a nutmeg on Henderson but Spurs' momentum is halted after his pass is behind Son and the ball goes out for a throw in.

28' Son is released with a superb long ball from Alderweireld but the assistant flags him offside. Replay shows Son was onside.

Not much goal-mouth action since the goal. Spurs have shaded the possession but haven't yet been able to penetrate Liverpool's defence.

Damir Skomina, referee on the night, is a familiar name from this Champions League season. Know more about him.

24' Trippier goes down injured after Robertson catches him in the face while on the run.

23' Robertson showing once again why he is one of the deadliest crossers in the game. He whips in a first-time cross from the left and luckily for Spurs Rose gets a defensive header in before Salah, who was waiting to nod it in.

20' Son breaks through on a one-on-one foot race with Alexander-Arnold but hits the ball against  the defender.

19' Liverpool play the ball out from defence with neat one-touch play but Sissoko comes out to the right side and steals the ball away from Robertson.

17' Liverpool'sright-back Alexander-Arnold cuts across the all from range as the ball whisks away from the far post. 

EDIT: There are some new football rules coming into effect from next season.  READ more about it here.

This is the first time Liverpool has taken the lead in a Champions League/European Cup final since 1984 against AS Roma.

11' Liverpool corner is cleared out of Spursd' box by Eriksen.

Salah's goal is the second fastest in Champions League final. AC Milan's Paolo Maldini scored the fastest in 52 seconds against Liverpool in THAT FINAL in Istanbul in 2005.

9' Some neat interplay between Kane and Son wich sees the latter dribble his way past into a Liverpool traffic inside the box. Sissoko blazes the ball into the stands off the clearance.

Spurs playing the patitent build-up game while Liverpool is going for a direct style.

5' Spurs look for a comeback and Son wins a corner. The first of the game. The corner is cleared awya from inside the box by a Liverpool defender.

2' SALAH SCORES!!!! The Egyptian slams it past Lloris and slides into a celebration! What a start to the final and for Liverpool! A huge setback for Spurs so early in the game. The Reds supporter are in full voice at the Metropolitano.

1' PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL! WHAT A START! Mane's ball strikes Sissoko's outstretched arm and the referee points to the spot. VAR call taken and the decision stands.

Referee Damir Skomina blows the whistle and we are underway

First half

A minute of silence for former Sevilla and Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes, who tragically passed away earlier in the day.

◙ Liverpool and Spurs legends, Ian Rush and Ledley King place the Champions League trophy near the sideline as the players make their way out to the middle.

◙ We are just moments away from kick-off. Imagine Dragons is performing 'Believer' at the Metropolitano. They are now going through their best hits.  Let's get going already.

◙ It's an English party in Madrid! Watch both Tottenham and Liverpool fans swarm the host city ahead of the final.             

Pochettino v Klopp, Salah v Rose, Eriksen v Wijnaldum - Here are the five key battles that are likely to decide tonight's Champions League final

◙ A big call from Pochettino. Lucas Moura, Spurs' hat-trick hero at Ajax, is replaced in the starting line-up for the returning Harry Kane. A more straight-forward swap in Liverpool's XI with key striker Roberto Firmino coming in for Divock Origi, despite his two-goal show in the 4-0 semifinal win over Barcelona.

◙ Spurs XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.

◙ LFC XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

◙ Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson both picked out Tottenham forward Lucas Moura as a major threat to Liverpool's bid for Champions League glory in Madrid. But it remains to be seen if the Brazilian finds a place in the starting XI. Edit: Moura is on the bench.

◙ So Naby Keita will miss tonight's clash as he has failed to recover from an adductor injury, while Roberto Firmino is expected to play a part after recovering from a groin injury. More on the Reds' team news here

◙ Who do you think will drop the "loser tag" tonight? Will it be Jurgen Klopp high-flying Reds or will Spurs spring up a surprise?

◙ No team has conceded more goals in the Champions League this season than Tottenham's 17, close to half of which have been scored in the opening 15 matches. Here's tonight's clash decoded in numbers

Andrew Robertson: From being broke at 17 to a second successive Champions League final - Liverpool signed Robertson from Hull City ahead of the 2017-18 season, spending an initial £8 million to seal the move. Since signing for the English top flight giant, Robertson has played in one Champions League final - losing to Real Madrid last season - and will play in his second final tonight.

◙ "Every time that I watch the video I cry because it's so emotional," Lucas Moura had said after his match-winning hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League semifinal. Do you think the Brazilian will be able to weave his magic in Madrid tonight? 

We have reached the climax of one of the most enthralling Champions League season in recent memory. The drama, the comebacks, the exuberance of youth in Ajax's semifinal run, and much more. This is the first Champions League final where neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi haven't featured since 2014.

For the grand finale, Liverpool is back to have another crack and rectify its heart-break from last season, and Tottenham has defied expectations and made its first Champions League final in miraculous circumstances.

Tottenham was close to being eliminated in the group stages, before a late goal at Barcelona. Then in the quarterfinals and then in the semifinals. Here, relive Tottenham's journey to the final.

 

Liverpool, too, had a similar scare in the group stages after having lost its three away matches. Here's the Reds route to the final.