For the third time, Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in the Champions League final on Saturday in Saint-Denis, France.
The time to decide between these European giants after the victory of the Reds in Paris in 1981 (1-0) and Madrid’s revenge in kyiv in 2018 (3-1).
Liverpool, then at the top of their game with Bob Paisley as manager, reached the final of the Champions Clubs’ Cup, as the flagship competition of European football was then designated, on May 27, 1981 at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
Already twice victorious (1977, 1978), the Reds face Real Madrid this time, hungry of the first years of the Champions league (six trophies in 11 years) before experiencing fifteen years of eclipse until nineteen eighty one. “We weren’t afraid of them, quite the contrary.
We had been in the final several times, we knew what it was about. They were the ones who were inexperienced”, said in 2018 Terry McDermott, former midfielder Liverpool ground and top scorer in the competition that year, in an interview with AFP.
Minutes before the game at the Parc des Princes, Bob Paisley was grumpy over a sponsor issue that prompted UEFA officials to order Liverpool players to mask their kit manufacturer’s logo on their shirts with tape. …
This did not prevent the Reds from winning after a lackluster match, concluded with a cross shot from left-back Alan Kennedy late in the game (81st). The Liverpool players were then able to celebrate their success on the Parisian night, going for some to the Moulin Rouge, before returning to present the trophy to the supporters in St George Square, in the center of Liverpool.
In 2018, the dynamics were reversed: it was Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid who went into the final as favorites after two consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017, dreaming of succeeding with the pass of three in kyiv, while Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool was a team still learning.
On May 28, 2018, the start of the match, hit, saw the star of the Reds Mohamed Salah come out injured in a shoulder, victim of a judo hold by Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
And Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, complaining of an elbow from the same Ramos, remains on the pitch but will be diagnosed with a concussion days after the match.
A posteriori, this shock to the face may have weighed on the outcome of the match, with two successive blunders: a hand raise intercepted by Real striker Karim Benzema, who opened the scoring (51st), then a mistake on a long shot from Gareth Bale, which inexplicably escaped his hands (83rd).
Atleast, Karius could do nothing in front of the incredible acrobatic return of the same Bale , one of the most beautiful goals ever scored in the Champions league final, only three minutes after the entry into play of the Welshman.
CR 7 Departure
On Real side, the euphoria of this “Decimotercera” (13th) is showered after the match by the little sentence of the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who announces his departure in veiled words, with a little sentence that freezes the people of Madrid: “It was good to play in this club” .
A few days later, the Portuguese will leave Real after a triumphant decade (2009-2018), joining Juventus Turin.
Today 28 of may 2022 they lock horns again. The question remains who will emerge victorious today?
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