Super Bale sinks Liverpool as Madrid make it three in a row

Real Madrid's Marcelo celebrates a goal with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos. AFP

Bale took a step back and delivered the wonderful score with a insane bicycle kick, spinning it off the outside of his left foot to direct it by helpless Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius and give Real Madrid a 2-1 lead.

Karius made good saves in this Champions League final, but he won't be remembered for the two that denied Ronaldo or the one that prevented Isco from scoring for Real Madrid.

Liverpool's talismanic forward Mohamed Salah was forced off in the first half with a suspected dislocated shoulder after tangling with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, while Real defender Dani Carvajal also left the pitch in tears after getting injured before halftime.

In the semifinals, Real won 2-1 in Munich against Bayern in the first leg and led by the same score in the second leg, before Bayern equalized and came within inches of a finding a late victor.

Philippe Coutinho sent the tie to extra-time when he cancelled out Fernandinho's opener, but Liverpool's goalscorer was one of three Reds players to miss their penalties as City won the shootout 3-1.

If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.

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The clash is set to pair two attacking minded teams with a combined 70 goals scored in the tournament's 12 matches preceding the final, according to UEFA's website. All Karius had to do when he collected the ball that Kroos had aimed for Benzema was to roll it out to where Trent Alexander-Arnold was waiting to his right.

But Real and their fans didn't have to wait long for a goal as they took the lead in the 51st minute following an astonishing mistake by Karius.

Karius blocked Benzema's effort as time ticked down but the goalkeeper was at fault once more seven minutes from time as he allowed Bale's 30-yard strike to slip through his hands.

Sadio Mane leveled in the 55th from close range after a corner.

Dortmund made a flawless start, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang giving them the lead just five minutes in, but Wolfsburg produced an emphatic response, scoring three goals in 16 first-half minutes.

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