Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in 2022 Champions League final – NBC Chicago

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 2022 Champions League final originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The European Champion Clubs’ Cup is back in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid lifted the trophy again on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final. It is the 14th time that Madrid have won the league, overtaking any other European club, and the fifth time in the last nine years.

The clash was a rematch of the 2018 Champions League final. There were more goals for both sides in this 3-1 match, but this game also ended with Madrid leading.

There was a controversy at the Stade de France even before the start of Saturday’s match. Police deployed tear gas at spectators trying to enter the venue as security struggled to stop a handful of fans from passing. The match was eventually delayed by 37 minutes due to crowd problems.

Once the contest started, Thibaut Courtois stepped up in a major way for Real Madrid. His best moment in the first half came on a sprawling save from a Sadio Mane shot, tipping the ball into the post to keep the game scoreless.

Although Liverpool got the better chances in the first half, Real Madrid came closest to getting on the board in the first half. Karim Benzema found the back of the net after a broken play in the box but was ruled offside. Officials conducted a lengthy VAR review and the initial call stood.

Real Madrid scored their first goal in the 59th minute with precision passing. Casemiro handed it to Federico Valverde, who sent a ball directly to Vinicius Junior through the box for a scored goal.

Once Madrid scored their goal, their goalkeeper was the star to close the game. Courtois made a handful of stellar saves, including one off Mohamed Salah’s boot in the 82nd minute which very well could have been an equalizer:

In the end, Courtois made nine saves in the win to secure his maiden Champions League title.

Madrid Carlo Ancelotti also made history with this victory, becoming the first manager to win eight European trophies.

Lance B. Holton