Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final

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Liverpool have been beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final after two goals from Gareth Bale.

The Welshman scored one of the tournament’s finest ever final goals to end the Reds’ hopes of bringing the trophy back to Merseyside.

Liverpool were rocked 30 minutes into the tie in Kiev as their talisman Mo Salah left the field in tears with a shoulder injury.

The Reds had nine shots with Salah on the pitch and none for the rest of the half.

Real Madrid scored their opener at 51 minutes after a gaffe from Reds keeper Lorius Karius allowed Karim Benzema to score.

Liverpool’s only goal came when winger Sadio Mane netted four minutes later to equalise.

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A Liverpool fan watches on as his side lose to Real Madrid

Bale had only been on the pitch two minutes before he rose in the air to execute a stunning bicycle kick that found the top corner.

His goal put Real Madrid 2-1 up after 64 minutes.

Karius suffered further humiliation when Bale’s 83rd minute long-range strike slipped through his hands to put the match out of reach.

Real Madrid’s victory in Kiev marks the third season in a row they have secured European club football’s biggest prize.

The Spanish giants have sealed their 13th European Cup, their fourth in five seasons.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s long wait for a European trophy continues, after the German lost as manager of Dortmund in the 2013 final.

The Reds leading scorer Mo Salah landed awkwardly after a collision with Real defender Sergio Ramos, causing him to leave the pitch with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Ramos was jeered throughout the match after what was a devastating blow for the Liverpool fans.

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