Liverpool Captures Sixth European Cup Title
Liverpool redeemed themselves from last year’s disappointment in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.
The all-English Champions League final had Liverpool taking on Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs overcame several injuries to star players this Spring to make it to the club’s first ever Europe final.
Mohamed Salah scored the second-quickest goal in a Champions League final on a penalty shot. Moussa Sissoko committed a handball foul inside the box which led to the penalty.
The score remained 1-0 into the second half where Tottenham created several chances late but was unable to find the equalizer. Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura both put shots on net forcing Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker to make crucial saves. Christian Eriksen almost scored on a free kick outside the box but was also thwarted by Alisson.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino made what turned out to be a disastrous decision of starting Harry Kane. Kane, the Spurs top striker, has been out since the first leg of the quarterfinal match against Manchester City with a severe ankle injury. Kane failed to impact the play and looked sluggish and not at optimal fitness.
Divock Origi sealed victory in the 87th minute after Tottenham failed to clear a corner kick from out of their box. Origi came on in the 58th minute, and the decision by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp turned fruitful.
Liverpool’s sixth European Cup takes them to third pulling them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the all-time list.