Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Courtois miracles earn 14th European Cup

Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Courtois miracles earn 14th European Cup

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Carlo Ancelotti's side beat the Premier League side despite being second best in Paris

Thibaut Courtois produced a man-of-the-match performance as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to win the Champions League for the 14th time in the club's history on Saturday. 

Vinicius Jr. scored the game's only goal in the second half as Liverpool were made to rue missed chances and Courtois' brilliance.

The Belgian goalkeeper made nine saves to keep the English side out and was crowned man of the match as Madrid added the European Cup to their LaLiga trophy. 

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, after becoming the first manager to win Europe's five major leagues this season, now also becomes the first to win four Champions Leagues.

Liverpool end the season with the FA Cup and the League Cup, while they missed out on the Premier League on the final day of the campaign to Manchester City. 

Jurgen Klopp's side were dominant in the first half but whenever they broke through they were stopped by Coirtois, who made several saves from Salah. 

His best save in the first half came from Sadio Mane, though, with the Senegal's fine strike somehow tipped on to the post. 

Madrid almost scored on the stroke of half-time on a rare foray forward but Karim Benzema's strike was controversially ruled out following a deflection of a Liverpool defender. 

They soon did take the lead in the second half when Vinicius capped a fine season by slipping in behind Trent Alexader-Arnold to tap home Fede Valverde's cross. 

That set the stage for a Liverpool push but they could just not beat Courtois and their belief diminished with each save. 

The former Chelsea stopper made three more top saves from Salah and another from substitute Diogo Jota late on as Madrid saw the game out despite having just four shots on the night in comparison to Liverpool's 24.

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