Liverpool Downs Tottenham 2-0 To Win UEFA Champions League Final

By Sourav Dhar, Sports Editor

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The UEFA Champions League trophy will return to Liverpool.

On Saturday, June 1, English club Liverpool F.C. won the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League final, taking down fellow England side Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 2-0 in Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, with goals for Liverpool from forwards Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi. After two thrilling semifinals where both teams notched thrilling come-from-behind victories against their opponents, the final fixture of the European season was heavily anticipated by fans across the world. However, in a tournament that was filled with many memorable comebacks and highlights, the final was surprisingly straightforward.

This Champions League win is Liverpool’s sixth European cup, and their first win since 2005. The Reds now have the third-most Champions League trophies in Europe, only trailing Spanish side Real Madrid (13 wins) and Italy’s A.C. Milan (seven wins). Liverpool also avenged their loss to Real Madrid in last year’s final, netting manager Jürgen Klopp his first title at Liverpool’s helm.

Salah drew first blood in just the second minute of the match, after Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko was called for a handball a mere 23 seconds after the final had begun. Liverpool’s Egyptian winger converted from the penalty spot to give the Merseyside club the lead, one that they would never relinquish. The goal was especially significant for Salah, as he had been forced off from last year’s final due to injury. From then on, the game began to settle down, but both sides didn’t really have many good chances to score in the first 45 minutes.

In the second half, Tottenham, led by forward Heung-min Son, really began to apply more pressure by consistently pushing upfield in hopes of an equaliser, but Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and the Reds’ back line led by defender Virgil van Dijk held firm, turning away Tottenham at every opportunity they had. The game progressed with both teams beginning to earn some chances on goal, but the two English foes couldn’t find the back of the net. Eventually, after a Liverpool corner, the substitute Origi coolly slotted a perfectly-placed strike past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 87th minute to seal the result, sending the Liverpool side of the stadium into a frenzy.

When the final whistle blew, the celebrations for the Reds began, with the Liverpool faithful belting out renditions of the club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Later, the moment Liverpool fans around the world had been waiting for arrived; midfielder and captain Jordan Henderson finally lifted the trophy for the Reds, after waiting 14 years for this Champions League win.

After barely missing out on the Premier League, with league winners Manchester City finishing one point above them despite having still earned 97 points, the third-highest total in Premier League history, another European trophy will be an extremely satisfactory consolation prize for Liverpool. The club is still looking for their first domestic title since 1990, but, despite the lack of success in England, have firmly re-established themselves among Europe’s elite.