Liverpool was crowned Champions League 2018-2019 after winning 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. The stage: an imposing Metropolitan Wanda, in Madrid, Spain, with grandstands full of loud fans who did not tire of encouraging their teams throughout the match.
After a minute of silence in homage to the Spanish soccer player José Antonio Reyes, who died on Sunday in a vehicular accident, the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham began with an early start.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s scorer, scored a penalty before the clock marked the two minutes of the match. The referee decided the penalty kick by a hand of Moussa Sissoko, defender of Tottenham Hotspur. He did not need to appeal to the VAR to issue his verdict.
The frenetic pace of this final of English teams was yielding to a slower and full of truncated plays. The dominance of Liverpool, however, resulted in greater arrivals to the arch-rival.
The second goal came courtesy of Divock Origi in the 87th minute. It was the goal that sealed the victory for Liverpool, a triumph that meant the first Champions League for his coach Jorgen Klopp, after having lost in two previous occasions.
“Honestly, I do not know what to say, but I’m very happy to play in the second consecutive final and finally play 90 minutes,” Salah said in BT Sport, shortly after the final whistle. “It’s not individual performance, the whole team was amazing today,” Salah added, recalling his participation in the last final.
The victory gives Liverpool its sixth victory in the Champions League, counting its predecessor the European Cup.
The victory also gives Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp his first Champions League final in three attempts and breaks his curse of six straight defeats in big finals.