Vinicius leads Madrid to 14th UCL title

One shot on goal, one goal, and Real Madrid are champions of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League for the fourteenth time. Many will say they didn’t deserve it, but they played pragmatically and had Thibaut Courtois to thank for some excellent saves. The Belgian giant made nine saves in total. Karim Benzema did not add to his 15 UCL goals, but it was fitting that it was his main partner Vinicius who scored the only goal. The Whites beat PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United en route to the final. The match was delayed 30 minutes because some fans were unable to enter the Stade de France. Thiago’s Achilles heel held and Jurgen Klopp was able to name his favorite starting eleven, while Carlo Ancelotti also had his best eleven on the pitch. Liverpool made the early run as the trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric fell behind to form a tight five-back unit. Although Liverpool had more of the ball, they did not create chances. Courtois made his first save in the 16th minute from a move by Mohamed Salah. The second followed almost immediately, although this was an easy curler from Thiago. Three minutes later, Salah fired a direct volley at the Real Madrid goalkeeper as Liverpool exploded into attack. The Real Madrid players celebrate the final whistle. Liverpool’s best scoring chance was created by Sadio Mane in the 21st minute. The Senegalese with a burst of speed and change of direction hit Courtois’s right post and bounced nicely off the goalkeeper’s hands. With David Alaba and Eder Militao very close and close to their goalkeeper, Real gave Liverpool no room to exploit. Salah headed another direct opportunity to Courtois in the 34th minute. At that moment, the question on the lips of many was: How is Real Madrid doing in this match? Mané deflected Militao in the 40th minute but his shot was blocked for a corner. Then the Whites came to life with a deep ball over the Liverpool defense to find Benzema wavering. The ball then bounced off Fabinho on his way and he scored, but the assistant referee raised the flag. A lengthy VAR check agreed, but that was a tough call. It could have been for anyone. At the end of the first half, Liverpool had five shots on target and Thibaut Courtois made five saves, although Karim Benzema had the ball in the net, only to be ruled offside. The second half was a closer affair as Real Madrid advanced at least five yards and began to dominate the ball in central midfield. His first shot on goal brought the first goal. A good play from behind led to a pass down the right wing to Federico Valverde whose cross shot fell to Vinicius who showed composure to pass the ball over Alisson. Klopp put on Roberto FirminoNaby Keita, and Diogo Jota and the rojillos created chances but one man, Real Madrid defended bravely and Courtois was magnificent to stop everything that was thrown at him. In the end, Salah did not take his revenge, as Real Madrid beat the best the British threw at him and has won this season’s title by Thoroughbred. Go Madrid! SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Vinicius leads Madrid to 14th UCL title