Vinicius Junior scored the game-winning goal as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s rescheduled Champions League final in Paris.
Liverpool supporters battled to obtain access to the Stade de France, delaying the start of the match by more than 30 minutes. Once inside, they were able to watch Jurgen Klopp’s squad dominate the majority of the action.
In the 59th minute, Vinicius scored the game-winning goal for Madrid, his fourth of this season’s competition, on one of only four Blancos shots.
Premier League runners-up Carlo Ancelotti’s side won the European Cup for the fourteenth time, seven more than any other team.
Following the delay, Liverpool began the game in a confident manner and were only unable to grab the lead in the opening 20 minutes due to two excellent saves by Courtois.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper dived fast to block Mohamed Salah’s instinctive shot, and then he deftly deflected Sadio Mane’s thunderous shot onto the post.
Shortly before halftime, Madrid believed they had grabbed the lead when Karim Benzema scored after some sloppy defending by Liverpool. However, the goal was ruled out for offside against the France international, a judgement confirmed by the VAR after a lengthy review.
They were not to be denied, though, as Vinicius snuck in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold to finish Federico Valverde’s low cross just before the hour mark.
Courtois produced three crucial saves from Mohamed Salah in the closing 20 minutes, the last of which was particularly impressive, to finish a superb individual performance and guarantee Ancelotti’s men earned a record-extending victory.