Liverpool beat Tottenham to be crowned champions of Europe for sixth time
The Reds beat Spurs 2-0 in Madrid to win the Champions League final.
LIVERPOOL ARE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
If you want to know where the @ChampionsLeague final was won, just look at the reaction of @LFC players. @lfc18alberto sprinted off the bench to congratulate @Alissonbecker and rest of team quick to follow pic.twitter.com/Wyp81jO3kl— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) June 1, 2019
WHAT THEY SAID:
It’s first about the team. I’m happy that I could play my part, but every single player fought hard today so it’s just special.You can see the fans, it’s a special day for Liverpool. Divock Origi
We’ve done something special again tonight. I think when we look back on tonight we’re not going to think it was a sluggish game, we’re going to think we’ve just won the European Cup and we’ve done it for all these fans. Trent Alexander-Arnold
“I’m so happy for the boys. I’m so happy for all these people, I’m so happy for my family, they suffer every year when we go to the final last game of the season and we lose it.Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with absolutely no fuel in the tank any more.This is unbelievable, what a night, the night will be much better now.It’s really the best night of my life professional-wise. Jurgen Klopp
Full-time: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 2
It is Liverpool’s night. They have won the Champions League. It’s their sixth piece of premier European silverware.
Into five minutes of stoppage time and surely that’s the game now. Surely Tottenham can’t deny Liverpool their sixth European Cup or Champions League title?
GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL – Divock Origi
Tottenham 0 Liverpool 2
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️@LFC— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 1, 2019
CHANCE FOR SPURS
Big chance for Spurs with an Eriksen free-kick right on the corner of the box. This is his bread and butter but Alisson dives to his left and makes a fantastic save to preserve Liverpool’s lead. Pochettino covers his face with his hands and looks away.
Final change for Spurs
DOUBLE CHANCE FOR TOTTENHAM
Alisson saves a shot from Son to his right before quickly getting down to his left to deny Moura’s deflected strike. At least Spurs are getting some shots on target now but they cannot find a way through.
Trippier sends in a cross from the right but it’s a little too high for Dele, who loops a header over the bar. The clock is ticking down now for Tottenham.
A great break at pace by Son but he is just beaten to the ball by a Liverpool defender who gets in a crucial clearance.
Dele just needed a bit more power on his shot, which spun all the way into Alisson’s hands.
Still, there’s hope for Spurs with Moura on the pitch and this statistic:
Balls are raining across Alisson’s area at the other end but the Brazilian finally plucks the ball from the air as Tottenham fail to make an impact yet again. The ball then flies up to the other end and Lloris is again called into action. It’s still 1-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s side and things finally seem to be heating up.
Sadio Mane breaks down the right and surges into the area before laying the ball off to Milner, who narrowly sends the ball agonisingly wide of Lloris’ post. Very close to a second for Liverpool.
69' - SO CLOSE! A brilliant run by Mane and he finds Milner on the edge of the box. Milner's low effort goes JUST past the post. Great build-up from Sadio.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019
A poor corner from Alexander-Arnold, straight to a Tottenham defender who makes an easy clearance.
Tottenham now make a change, with Moura coming on for the ineffective Winks. Or Winks and you’ll miss him, you might say.
And Liverpool make a second change, with James Milner on for Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Champions League is ending about as well as ‘Game Of Thrones’.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) June 1, 2019
Firmino is replaced by Divock Origi for Liverpool. Firmino has looked off the pace all game. Don’t forget that Origi was the hero in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona, where he scored twice in one of the most epic comebacks in Champions League history.
Corner for Spurs taken by Trippier. Alisson Becker pushes it away and Vertonghen heads over from a follow-up corner.
Salah has a chance one-on-one with Lloris but doesn’t get his shot away. Dele Alli has a shot blocked at the other end. Could this game finally be sparking into life?
Meanwhile Rose has gone down on an Alexander-Arnold challenge.
Tottenham are looking more lively in the second half but that was poor from Harry Winks. He is nowhere near Eriksen’s ball and a chance to put LIverpool under pressure goes begging for Spurs.
Moura is on the bench don’t forget, the man who fired a hat-trick to put Spurs into the final. The question is whether Pochettino will bring him on, and if so, for whom?
Free-kick for Spurs but Son is well offside as he breaks towards goal.
And we’re under way again in Madrid. Liverpool lead Tottenham after Salah’s early penalty.
HALF-TIME: Salah's early strike separates the sides at the break, but we're still well in this one. Another big second-half performance needed in Madrid!— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 1, 2019
⚪️ #THFC 0-1 #LFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/cD0E1DBcPw
HALF-TIME: Tottenham 0 LIverpool 1
45 + 1 min
Christian Eriksen blazes over the bar for Tottenham as the game reaches first half stoppage time. It was a poor shot that kept on rising and was uncharacteristic for the Dane, who is renowned for his accuracy.
Vertonghen is back in action but Liverpool are on the up. Danny Rose gets a block in but concedes a corner but again Tottenham deal with the initial ball and Salah’s follow-up from the edge of the box is poor. They earn another corner and Salah delivers but it is easily cleared by Son Hueng-min.
Andy Robertson’s 30-yard strike is denied by a fingertip save by Spurs goalkeeper Lloris. Salah blazes over from the resulting corner as Tottenham see off the threat.
Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen is down in his own box. This is a worry for Pochettino. The Belgium international appears to have hurt his elbow.
POSSESSION STATS: Tottenham 65% Liverpool 35%
But Spurs haven’t been able to make their dominance with the ball count as yet.
Thirty minutes into this match and after their early goal, Liverpool look comfortable. After the early drama there hasn’t been that much to report, and the quality level has been somewhat poor as far as showpiece finals go.
The passes out of play stats for this half are going to be interesting— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) June 1, 2019
Liverpool take a short corner and it’s worked back, but Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier takes a blow to the face in the process to win a free-kick for his side. He is back in action now.
Some reaction to Salah’s opening goal for Liverpool in Liverpool.
Some great play from Spurs on the edge of the Liverpool boss but the final pass is just a touch heavy and the Reds clear the danger.
Trent Alexander-Arnold sends an angled long-range strike just wide of Hugo Lloris’ post. Liverpool very much riding the momentum and on the front foot here.
I wonder if the Spurs fans are still holding up this banner?
Harry Kane is hacked down and rolls on the floor a while before getting back to his feet. Looked like he was caught by a trailing leg there but he looks to be OK.
Sissoko blazes over the bar for Tottenham as he tries to make amends for the very early penalty.
Early goals are a problem for Spurs but will they be able to overcome this early setback on the biggest of stages?
Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1
Mo Salah steps up to take the spot-kick AND SCORES.
The Egypt international showed no nerves as he sent the ball to Hugo Lloris’ left to put Liverpool 1-0 up in the second minute.
PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL
The referee has given a penalty to Liverpool within the opening 30 seconds after a handball by Moussa Sissoko.
24 seconds in and penalty given after Sadio Mane's cross hits Sissoko's arm— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) June 1, 2019
Liverpool fans sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and the game kicks off.
A minute’s applause for Jose Antonio Reyes is being held.
Kick-off in the Champions League final is now moments away.
Time for a spot of soft rock pre-kick off
Meanwhile, a plane load of Tottenham fans – whose flight was heavily delayed – have landed on Spanish soil and are in a race against time to make the final. It’s less than 15 minutes until kick-off now but will they see any of the match?
Police escort to get us from the plane to the terminal. Gotta keep believing pic.twitter.com/ICh7ed4pjB— Ben Gallop (@BenGallop) June 1, 2019
NBA star LeBron James is behind Liverpool’s bid for a sixth European crown.
Why is Harry Kane so important for Spurs? It’s a gamble as the striker hasn’t played since April – but his inclusion in the side will be a huge boost for Tottenham, and fans alike. On his day he’s the most prolific striker in England but it’s a big call from boss Mauricio Pochettino to drop Lucas Moura – Spurs’ key man in their last game after a scored a hat-trick to get them into the final. No room for sentiment from the Spurs manager.
Liverpool warming up. The final countdown is on.
Are you ready?
Both teams are now warming up on the pitch
There will be a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off tonight to pay respect to former Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes, who died in a car accident today aged 35. Reyes also played for Atletico Madrid, whose stadium is being used for the final.
Less than 45 minutes to go…
A look inside the impressive Wanda Metropolitano Stadium where tonight’s Champions League final will kick-off at 8pm.
More on that Kane decision.
Tonight’s team sheet
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
And Roberto Firmino will start for Liverpool.
TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS
Harry Kane starts for Spurs. Lucas Moura is on the bench.
Spotted in the crowds, former Liverpool player John Aldridge with fans.
One person you might expect to be at a Champions League final is Cristiano Ronaldo, but Juventus went out to Ajax in the quarter-finals meaning this superstar is staying at home. He’s not bitter though, and definitely won’t be throwing darts at his TV…
There’s a time and a place for a half-and-half shirt and this is definitely not it. Just no. No.
On reflection, there’s absolutely no time and place for a half-and-half shirt. Ever.
Want to see what tonight’s match ball looks like? Here you go.
Elsewhere, former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is getting into the spirit of things.
In the Reds’ corner, Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool. The influential forward has not played since the 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp against Barcelona.
Team news is expected at about 7pm UK time and we will bring you the latest here when we get it.
The big question for Spurs fans of course, is whether talisman striker Harry Kane will be fit to make an appearance tonight. The England captain has not featured for the north London side in 54 days when he injured his ankle at the quarter-final stage of this competition. He has returned to training, but will he return to action in Madrid?
And the desperate search for tickets goes on for some travelling fans.
Pretty intense atmosphere outside the Wanda Metropolitano. Not much chanting - mostly people searching for shade or tickets 🥵🎫 pic.twitter.com/qCtvYvEHTe— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) June 1, 2019
The mercury is touching 32 degrees Celsius at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight. It’s going to be a red hot final regardless of the quality of the game.
But here we are... pic.twitter.com/MhSKvL5v2D— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) June 1, 2019
Fans are starting to gather outside Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium ahead of tonight’s Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool.
The Spanish capital has taken on something of a red, white and blue flavour for this all-English final between the two Premier League sides – the first all-English Champions League final in 11 years.
Liverpool and Tottenham fans have been in Madrid all day ahead of European club football's showpiece event pic.twitter.com/9sGP18rhG3— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) June 1, 2019