The Latest: Ramos, Zidane celebrate more European success
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp was unhappy with the tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that injured his star forward Mohamed Salah.
Klopp described the arm-tangling grapple as “like wrestling, a little bit,” and cited it as a big moment in the game which Liverpool lost 3-1.
Salah left the field in tears at 0-0 in the 30th minute, unable to continue due to the pains in his left shoulder.
Ramos held on to Salah’s right arm and helped pull him in a hard fall to the ground.
“For me, it is a harsh challenge,” said Klopp of the Madrid veteran, who was not shown a yellow card.
The Egypt team said it hopes Salah has only sprained shoulder ligaments, and could still play at the World Cup next month in Russia.
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo immediately raised doubts about staying at Real Madrid amid celebrations of the team’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane seemed keener to keep hold of Ronaldo than Bale.
Zidane said Ronaldo “must stay. He will stay with us at Real Madrid, but we have to see what happens.”
That came after Ronaldo said “in the next few days I will give an answer” on whether he prolongs his nine-year stay in Spain.
Earlier, Bale said: “I need to be playing week in, week out and that hasn’t happened this season.”
Zidane left Bale out of his starting lineup, and said his match-winner’s situation is complicated.
“Everyone has their own interests, their own future to think about,” the coach said.
Egypt says Mohamed Salah sprained his shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final but the team is optimistic he’ll play at the World Cup next month.
The Egypt team says on Twitter that its doctor is in contact with Liverpool medical staff and there is reason to hope that Salah can play in Egypt’s first World Cup campaign for 28 years.
Salah left the stadium with his arm in a sling after Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1. He was forced off in the 30th minute after injuring his shoulder in a hard tackle from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp didn’t appear so hopeful, saying “anything is possible” but that Salah is doubtful for the World Cup.
Egypt’s first Group A game is on June 15 against Uruguay, before matches against Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Some 80,000 Real Madrid fans have been celebrating the team’s third straight Champions League title back in Madrid at their Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The crowd watched the match on eight large screens set up at midfield and wildly celebrated each of the team’s goals in the 3-1 win against Liverpool in Kiev.
Confetti blasted from a stage behind the screens when the players lifted the trophy in Ukraine.
The fans chanted “Campeones, campeones” and sang as “We Are the Champions” was blasted out.
The team is expected to parade through the streets of the Spanish capital on Sunday before returning to another round of celebrations at the Bernabeu.
Club members had free access to the stadium on Saturday, while the general public had to pay 10 euros ($11.6).
The team opened the Bernabeu for the first time in the 2014 final in Lisbon, then did the same in 2016 and 2017.
Madrid won all three previous finals.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has lifted the iconic Champions League trophy for a third straight year.
Ramos has been part of each of Madrid’s four titles in the past five seasons.
It’s the first hat trick of European titles for one team since Bayern Munich won each final from 1974-76.
It also makes Zinedine Zidane the first coach to win three straight European Cup or Champions League titles.
Zidane’s three career titles as a coach matches the record of former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, who won two with AC Milan and Madrid’s 2014 title.
Zidane has never been eliminated from the Champions League since becoming Madrid coach in January 2016.
FINAL SCORE: Real Madrid 3, Liverpool 1
Real Madrid has beaten Liverpool 3-1 to win its third straight Champions League final and record-extending 13th European title overall.
Gareth Bale’s stunning overhead kick to give Madrid a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute will go down in European soccer history.
So will Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius’ two blunders to gift Madrid its other goals, scored by Karim Benzema and substitute Bale.
A goalless first half saw Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah exit in tears with a shoulder injury in the 30th.
Benzema put Madrid ahead in the 51st when he intercepted an unwise attempt by Karius to roll the ball out to a defender.
Sadio Mane leveled in the 55th from close range after a corner. Bale got the decisive goal, then added his second in the 83rd when Karius fumbled a long-range shot into the net.
GOAL: Real Madrid 3, Liverpool 1
Gareth Bale has his second goal, goalkeeper Loris Karius has his second major error, and Real Madrid leads Liverpool 3-1 in the 83rd minute.
Substitute Bale fired a hopeful shot from 25 meters (yards) at head-height for Karius but he let the ball squirm through his hands into the net.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane struck a post with his shot in the 70th minute and his team still trails 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Mane collected the ball 20 meters (yards) from goal and hit a low, left-foot shot that rebounded off the outside of goalkeeper Keylor Navas’ right-hand post.
The play is opening up as Liverpool chases a second equalizer in the last 15 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo seemed poised to make the score 3-1 in the 74th but Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson’s timely tackle diverted the shot away.
Gareth Bale’s spectacular scissor-kick in the 64th minute separates the teams. Mane’s 55th-minute goal leveled Karim Benzema’s 51st-minute opener for Madrid.
GOAL: Real Madrid 2, Liverpool 1
Gareth Bale has scored a stunning goal for Real Madrid within three minutes of coming on as a substitute in the Champions League final.
Bale directed a looping overhead scissor-kick high into the Liverpool goal in the 64th minute. The Wales forward had replaced Isco.
GOAL: Real Madrid 1, Liverpool 1
Liverpool equalized within four minutes of falling behind to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Sadio Mane pounced from close range in the 55th when defender Dejan Lovren rose to guide a header from a corner into the goalmouth.
GOAL: Real Madrid 1, Liverpool 0
Karim Benzema has scored the opening goal of the Champions League final in the 51st minute and Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will get the blame.
Lorius had the ball in his hands and rolled the ball out toward a defender, but Benzema stuck out his right foot and guided the ball slowly into the empty net.
HALFTIME: Real Madrid 0, Liverpool 0
Liverpool was the better team for most of the first half of the Champions League final against Real Madrid, but it lost momentum when star forward Mohamed Salah left the game injured and in tears in the 30th minute.
Madrid had its best spell in the closing minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header was pushed away by goalkeeper Loris Karius, and Karim Benzema was judged offside when he volleyed the rebound into the net.
Salah hurt his left shoulder falling in a tangle with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos soon after Liverpool created its best chance in an impressive start.
Teenage defender Trent Alexander-Arnold forced Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas into an excellent diving save with a low shot in the 23rd.
Ronaldo saw little of the ball early on, though had a clear run on goal and fired a shot over the bar in the 15th.
Madrid also had to make a substitution due to injury, sending on Nacho to replace right-back Dani Carvajal, who also left the field in tears.
Liverpool’s star foward Mohamed Salah is out of the Champions League final after 30 minutes with a shoulder injury with the score at 0-0.
A tearful Salah was in obvious pain and pointing to his left shoulder when he fell to the ground for a second time, four minutes after he tangled with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
The veteran defender grabbed Salah chasing the ball and held on to Salah’s right arm. In their twisting fall, the Egypt forward landed heavily on his left shoulder. Ramos was not shown a yellow card.
Salah was replaced by Adam Lallana.
Real Madrid fans who couldn’t make it to Kiev are packing their home Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the Champions League final against Liverpool.
A near-capacity crowd of 80,000 fans was on hand as the game was broadcast on eight large screens which were set up midfield.
Club members had free access, while the general public had to pay 10 euros ($11.6).
The team opened the stadium for the first time in the 2014 final in Lisbon, then did the same in 2016 and 2017.
Madrid won all three finals.
Liverpool fans are outnumbering and outsinging Real Madrid’s following in the 63,000-capacity crowd.
Both teams’ fan anthems were played before kickoff and the red scarves of Liverpool fans peppered one corner of the end occupied by Madrid supporters during “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
The game kicked off with Liverpool fans’ current Champions League song, “Allez, Allez, Allez,” booming around the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
Both teams were allocated more than 16,000 tickets for the game.
UEFA expects a global television audience of more than 160 million for the Champions League final.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA’s marketing director, says the audience rating will include viewers watching the game streamed live on YouTube in Britain.
Epstein tells The Associated Press that Real Madrid and Liverpool have “two strong brands” and global appeal.
Liverpool, which has a strong following in Asia, is also playing in its first Champions League final for 11 years.
“There has been a lot of hype with the way the teams qualified,” Epstein says. “It’s been a mad season.”
The best-performing recent final was a 175 million “global in-home average audience” for the 2011 final when Barcelona beat Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Real Madrid attack needing to score twice to match his own single-season Champions League record.
The Madrid star has 15 goals in the competition, and got 17 in the 2013-14 title-winning season. His record year included a penalty in the last minute of extra time in the final to cap a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo seems sure to be the Champions League top scorer for the sixth straight year, and outright top scorer in five of them.
He is five goals ahead of Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have 10 each. Sadio Mane, who also starts in the Liverpool attack, has nine.
It’s the same Madrid lineup as last year’s final — a 4-1 win against Juventus.
The lineups have been announced.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Francisco ‘Isco’ Alarcon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema.
Liverpool: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Liverpool has arrived for its final against Real Madrid.
Aiming for its first Champions League title since the 2005 “Miracle of Istanbul,” the team arrived in a bright red bus bearing the slogan “We Are Liverpool.” Fans of the Reds thronged the streets around the Olympic Stadium.
Coach Juergen Klopp led his team out of the bus and into the stadium. Virgil van Dijk chewed gum, while Mohamed Salah was among several players wearing headphones.
Klopp admitted Thursday that Liverpool would face a difficult task against a Madrid team which “works like a clock from Switzerland.”
Klopp is aiming to end a losing streak in his last five major finals.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on crutches due to the season-ending knee injury he suffered last month. He was accompanied by club chairman Tom Werner.
Real Madrid has arrived at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as it seeks its third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday in the final against Liverpool.
Fans lined streets as the team bus approached the stadium, with some supporters waving flares. Cristiano Ronaldo smiled for the cameras as he exited the bus wearing headphones.
The last time a team won Europe’s premier cup competition three years in a row was Bayern Munich in 1976.
Despite Real Madrid’s run of success in Europe, coach Zinedine Zidane said Thursday his team “doesn’t feel like the favorites” for the final.
Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has been walking pitchside at the Olympic Stadium less than two hours before kickoff.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion stopped to pose for selfie photographs by several fans in white Real Madrid shirts.
Klitschko has spent much of the past two days trying to ensure Liverpool fans with tickets could get to his city. He was in talks with the mayor of Liverpool and airline authorities trying to find landing slots at Kiev’s two airports for flights from England which had been canceled.
Klitschko was first elected to office in 2014, two years after his last professional fight.
Goals, goals, goals. This season is the most prolific in the 26-year Champions League era.
A strike rate of 3.20 goals per game — 397 in 124 games so far at one goal every 28 minutes — has beaten the record of 3.04 set last season.
And the two highest-scoring teams are in the final. Liverpool has 40 goals and Real Madrid 30 — half of its total scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Nobody expected us to be here but we are here, because we are Liverpool,” coach Juergen Klopp said. “It’s the most exceptional run to a final with the most goals ever. I can’t believe that its true, but it’s us.”
Liverpool has also been the more efficient team, scoring 10 more than Madrid from 19 fewer attempts, according to UEFA match statistics.
The goal glut in the competition is not just due to more mismatches. Liverpool’s habit of conceding goals when leading games led to a 3-3 draw against group rival Sevilla, and thrilling semifinals against Roma — a 5-2 win and a 4-2 loss.
Madrid’s defense also struggled in the knockout rounds. A 3-1 home loss in the quarterfinals second leg against Juventus was followed by a 2-2 draw against a wasteful Bayern Munich side in the semifinals second leg.
Liverpool hopes European Cup history from May 1981 will repeat itself.
When Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the final 37 years ago, it was the only time an English team beat a Spanish opponent to lift the iconic, large-handled trophy in the competition’s 63-year history.
Each England vs. Spain final since then went Spain’s way, though none involved Madrid.
Barcelona accounted for all three wins, beating Arsenal in the 2006 final, and Manchester United twice, in 2009 and two years later.
Madrid has lost all three of its European finals against British teams.
An Aberdeen team managed by Alex Ferguson beat Alfredo Di Stefano’s Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup final. In the same competition, Madrid lost the 1971 final to Chelsea.
European fans may have struggled to make it to the Champions League final in Kiev, but Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters from elsewhere in the world are making their presence felt.
Ukraine has a simpler visa process than many European Union countries, and in the city center fans are bearing flags from countries as varied as South Africa, Ecuador and Bahrain. Liverpool appears to have brought more fans from Asia and Africa, while Real has supporters from South America.
Some had long journeys, like Liverpool supporter Eric Luk, who came from Hong Kong via Kazakhstan over almost a whole day and night.
It’s not been all plain sailing. Australian fans Lachlan Garrard and Ian Dennis complained of waiting four hours to be issued a visa on arrival at one of Kiev’s airports, and everyone must contend with astronomical hotel prices.
English clubs won the last two Champions League finals played outside the European Union. Manchester United won on penalties over Chelsea in Moscow in 2008 and Liverpool staged a spectacular comeback against AC Milan in Turkey in 2005 — the famous “Miracle of Istanbul.”
Four years ago, Kiev’s central square was a battleground. Now it’s packed with fans ahead of the Champions League final.
Popularly known as Maidan, in late 2013 and early 2014 the square was the scene of protests which eventually ousted then-President Viktor Yanukovych.
Crowds camped out on the square for weeks, battled police, and more than 100 people were shot dead on the square and in surrounding streets.
On Saturday, Real Madrid and Liverpool supporters mixed with locals on the square as musical fountains played Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
“I came here in 2014 and these buildings were all charred and there were tires everywhere after the demonstrations,” says Stefan Polotajko, a British Liverpool fan with relatives in Ukraine. “The way it’s been transformed is absolutely amazing.”
Also on the square was Lyudmyla Agafonova, who moved to Kiev with her family because of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in her home city of Donetsk.
She says “the Real fans are more fun. Liverpool are a bit more restrained, like the English in general. We’re happy it’s all happening here.”
Her husband Serhiy adds “it’s great to have all these foreigners here,” and “Ukraine is slowly getting closer to Europe.”
Kiev police say they evacuated five stations on the city’s subway network after a hoax caller warned of bomb attacks.
Ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, police checked the stations and “dangerous items were not found.”
Subway operations are now back to normal.
The police say they’re now hunting the hoax caller.
Besides the bomb scare, police have so far registered 26 crimes involving foreigners, whether as victims or perpetrators.
That includes 10 cases of theft, three of hooliganism and two of fraud. Other foreigners were fined for causing a road accident and drinking in public.
Police earlier detained two people after Liverpool fans were attacked at a restaurant on Thursday, leaving two injured.
Fans are thronging the center of Kiev after many experienced travel problems.
Flight cancellations meant more than 1,000 Liverpool supporters could not leave Britain, while soaring accommodation prices persuaded roughly the same number of Madrid fans to have their ticket money refunded rather than travel to Ukraine.
Organizer UEFA has said refunded tickets will be made available to locals but there is likely to be the unusual sight of empty seats at a Champions League final.
Those fans who did make it are largely positive about Kiev, where the beer is cheap and a festival atmosphere is apparent in the city center.
Madrid fans Fabino Mohino and Yago Saez said they spent about 750 euros ($875) apiece on flights and traveled for 20 hours through Barcelona.
“We were lucky to have a friend of a friend in the suburbs,” Mohino said, meaning they could dodge Kiev hotel prices which are as much as $2,000 a night.
“Loving it,” added Saez, who has attended six of the last seven Champions League finals. “So far, so good.”
Security is tight in Kiev, with police lining the center, which has been closed to traffic. That seems to have prevented repeats of Thursday night’s attack on Liverpool fans at a restaurant — apparently by Ukrainian hooligans — which left two injured.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will be supported at the Champions League final by a Premier League counterpart — Huddersfield’s David Wagner.
The two coaches have been friends for more than 25 years, starting in Germany and continuing in England.
Speaking in Kiev ahead of Saturday’s final against Real Madrid, Wagner said “we have texted a few times in the last week … and I am sure his team will be on fire tonight.”
Klopp is godfather to Wagner’s daughter. Wagner was Klopp’s best man. They played for the same Mainz team in the Bundesliga in the early 1990s. They were coach (Klopp) and assistant coach (Wagner) for Borussia Dortmund from 2011-15.
Klopp was hired by Liverpool in 2015 when Wagner was appointed Huddersfield manager.
Wagner says Klopp “is able to deliver an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed but focused enough and this is why I am pretty confident they have a chance.”
There is 4.5 million euros ($5.2 million) extra prize money at stake for the winner Saturday, on top of the tens of millions Liverpool and Real Madrid have earned already from organizer UEFA this season.
The champion will earn 15.5 million euros ($18.1 million) and the runner-up gets 11 million euros ($12.8 million). That money from UEFA includes each club’s share of ticket revenue.
UEFA will distribute more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in prize money among the 32 teams that qualified for the group stage.
All 32 clubs get almost 13 million euros ($15.2 million) for entering, bonuses for wins and draws in group-stage games, fees for reaching each knockout round, and a share of their national broadcasting deal (known as “market pool” money).
Madrid is on target to pocket at least 80 million euros ($93.3 million) from UEFA. Liverpool should get at least 75 million euros ($87.5 million), including a 2 million euros ($2.3 million) bonus for advancing from the playoff round last August.
Prize money is expected to rise by around 30 percent next season when a new, three-year cycle of broadcasting and sponsorship deals kick in.
Don’t be surprised if it takes until Sunday for the Champions League title to be decided.
Real Madrid and Liverpool kick off at 9:45 p.m. local time in Kiev, that’s 1845 GMT. The game will go beyond midnight if the score is level after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time are needed.
Three of the past six finals also needed a penalty shootout after extra time, and that would push the action close to 12:30 a.m. in the Ukrainian capital.
Madrid and Liverpool have combined to win 17 titles since the competition began in the 1955-56 season.
While Madrid is chasing a record-extending 13th win, Liverpool would go third on the all-time list by winning its sixth. AC Milan ranks second with seven European titles.
Of all the teams with at least three titles, Madrid and Liverpool boast the best record in finals.
Two-time defending champion Madrid is chasing the first hat-trick of titles since Bayern Munich won each European Cup final from 1974-76. Ajax also won three in a row from 1971-73.
It would also give Madrid four titles in five years — the best streak since the Spanish club won the first five editions through 1960.
Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are gathering in Kiev for the first Champions League final to be played in Ukraine.
The final is a rare prestige moment for a country whose recent years have been dominated by the conflict with Russia-backed separatists and severe economic problems.
But it’s one of the most logistically-challenging locations chosen by UEFA for its showpiece club final, with a shortage of hotel rooms and a lack of flight landing slots.
Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals, Madrid is chasing a 13th European Cup title.
Liverpool has reached the final for the first time in 11 years. The Premier League club won the last of its five European titles in 2005.