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PHOTOS: Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win UEFA Champions League title

Last updated on: May 27, 2018 02:49 IST

Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Liverpool 3-1 to win the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday

IMAGE: Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Liverpool 3-1 to win the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday. Photograph: UCL/Twitter

Gareth Bale came off the bench and scored two scorchers to help Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 and defend the UEFA Champions League title in Kiev on Saturday.

Karim Benzema scored the opener in the 51st minute for Real and Liverpool equalised 2 minutes later through Sadio Mane off a corner.

 

This is Real Madrid's third consecutive Champions League title.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores off an overhead kick to put Real back in the lead

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores off an overhead kick to put Real back in the lead. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Bale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous overhead acrobatic effort in the 64th minute to put Real back in front.

The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as a dreadful mistake from Liverpool keeper Loris Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's winner, his second goal, during the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's winner, his second goal, during the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

In the first half,  Liverpool suffered a huge blow when their Egypt striker Mohamed Salah had to go off on the half hour with a shoulder injury with Adam Lallana brought on.

Then seven minutes later, Real lost right-back Dani Carvajal to an injury with utility man Nacho replacing him.

Liverpool's Mohamed Mo Salah is consoled by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as he is taken off the field following injury 

IMAGE: Liverpool's Mohamed Mo Salah is consoled by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as he is taken off the field following injury. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The English side had started brightly with Trent Alexander-Arnold testing goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a low drive but Real gradually took charge of the game.

The Spanish side had a Karim Benzema effort disallowed for offside in the 44th minute after Cristiano Ronaldo’s header was saved by Liverpool keeper Loris Karius.