Real Madrid crowned champions after beating Liverpool in dramatic Champions League final

The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid was delayed amid a chaotic atmosphere just outside the Stade de France.

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Vinicius Junior's brilliance brought Real Madrid their 14th Champions League Trophy.

For the 14th time in an unrivalled history, Real Madrid are once again Champions, proving their pedigree as football heritage.

Real Madrid's Jose Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris.
Real Madrid's Jose Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris.

Chances were few and far between for Real, but a 57th minute goal from in-form Vinicius Jr was enough to earn the Spanish side the trophy in Paris.

The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid was delayed amid a chaotic atmosphere just outside the Stade de France

UEFA blamed the late delay due to security reasons, but the Stade de France screens claimed it was “due to the late arrival of fans”.

Real Madrid's Jose Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris.
Real Madrid's Jose Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris.

Liverpool largely dominated the game with Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane both pulling impressive saves from Thibaut Courtois early in the first half.

Sadio Mane looked to have found it in the 21st minute, impressively jinking into space in the box before getting away a low shot that Courtois tipped onto a post.

Real Madrid though had their time on the attack, almost grabbing the opener in the 43rd minute. Karim Benzema had a shot ricochet pass Alisson; however, the goal was disallowed with the striker ruled offside.

Los Blancos were not to be denied though as Vinicius Jr met with Federico Valverde’s low cross to slot home the goal in the 59th minute.

Liverpool end this season with just the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, meanwhile just a week ago, they were in contention for a quadruple charge.