NEWS
Saturday June 1 2019
CL: Liverpool see off Spurs for six

Liverpool won their sixth edition of the Champions League, the first for Coach Jurgen Klopp, after a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

It puts the Reds in third place in the all-time charts, behind Milan on seven and Real Madrid's 13 editions.

Just days after Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in another all-English affair to win the Europa League, two more Premier League sides came face-to-face on foreign soil in Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. Harry Kane and Harry Winks were both risked from the start, despite coming back from long-term injuries, leaving semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura on the bench. Jurgen Klopp wanted to end his run of infamous Final defeats, including last season in Kiev.

It was a dramatic start, because within 28 seconds Sadio Mane’s cross was charged down by Moussa Sissoko’s chest and arm. The referee pointed to the spot, with VAR not deciding to intervene despite doubts over whether it hit his torso first, and Mohamed Salah converted with a penalty that squirmed under Hugo Lloris.

The tempo dipped after that opening and Spurs maintained possession without really threatening, while Andy Robertson’s strike was fingertipped over by Lloris.

Their second half was more promising, Dele Alli’s effort charged down by Virgil van Dijk, but again Liverpool were more dangerous with substitute James Milner drilling inches wide.

Alli’s attempt at a lob was scuffed into the arms of Alisson Becker, while Van Dijk was decisive as he sprinted back to stop Son Heung-Min getting the shot away on the counter.

Alli was again their most dangerous player, nodding a Kieran Trippier cross over the bar, but on 80 minutes Alisson finally had to make a save, beating away Son’s snapshot with Lucas Moura hitting the rebound straight at the ex-Roma goalkeeper.

Alisson was involved again, flying to palm a curling Christian Eriksen free kick from the outside edge of the box.

However, Liverpool doubled their lead instead, as Spurs failed to clear a corner and Divock Origi’s angled drive nestled into the far top corner from 12 yards.

Record-breaking signing Alisson kept the clean sheet intact by denying Son in stoppages.

Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

Salah pen 2 (L), Origi 87 (L)

Tottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko (Dier 74), Winks (Lucas 66); Alli (Llorente 82), Eriksen, Son; Kane

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Milner 62), Henderson, Salah, Firmino (Origi 58), Mane

Ref: Skomina (SVN)

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