Striker Vinicius Junior’s only goal helped Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 2021/22 Champions League final in Paris. Courtois is the hero.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid
- Real Madrid: Vinicius (59′)
Compared to Liverpool, Real Madrid entered cautiously and calculated. The 13-time Champions League winner played very cautiously against a Liverpool ready to press and not afraid to attack.
The pressure was created by Liverpool right after the opening whistle. In the 16th minute, Courtois saved Real after Salah’s shot in the penalty area. Then there was Thiago, but Courtois easily caught the ball.
In the 21st minute, Mane made a decisive shot on the right-wing. Goalkeeper Courtois flew to push the ball into the post, the ball touched the back of the former Chelsea player but still did not go into the net. Unfortunately for Liverpool and lucky for Real.
Not attacking massively like Liverpool, but every phase of Real’s ball is always potentially dangerous. In the 45th minute, Real made Liverpool’s defense in trouble.
45 minutes, Benzema scored against Liverpool. But after the VAR check, Benzema’s goal was disallowed because his heel was offside.
In the second half, the game was still interesting. Real Madrid let Liverpool hold the ball more, but they still played proactively from defense and attack. Although Liverpool controlled the game, they were stuck in front of Real’s defense.
By the 59th minute, the balance of the match was broken. Real had a good attack on the right when Valverde had a nasty pass to the left for Vinicius to knock Alisson down. 1-0 for the Royal team.
The next time, Liverpool focused on attacking but goalkeeper Thibaurt Courtois played too stable and excellent. The former Chelsea goalkeeper had a series of saves to help Real preserve the victory.
Winning the match, Real has won the Champions League for the 14th time and they are still the most successful team in this arena.
People called that Real Madrid has the DNA of the Champions League.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid line-up
- Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Thiago, Henderson, Fabinho, Diaz, Mane, Salah.
- Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Vinicius, Benzema, Valverde.