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2018 UEFA Champions League Final
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Real Madrid players celebrate after lifting the trophy for the 13th time.
Event 2017–18 UEFA Champions League
Date 26 May 2018 (2018-05-26)
Venue NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev
Man of the Match Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Referee Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Attendance 61,561
Weather Sunny
20 °C (68 °F)
37% humidity
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The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final was the last game of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, Europe's top club football tournament run by UEFA. It was played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May 2018. The game was between reigning champions Real Madrid, and five-time winners Liverpool. Madrid opened the scoring in the second half with a goal from Karim Benzema, but Liverpool quickly equalised through Sadio Mané. Gareth Bale then scored two goals for Real Madrid to win the game, which finished 3-1.

Road to the final

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Spain Real Madrid Round England Liverpool
Bye Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Play-off round Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 6–3 2–1 (A) 4–2 (H)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Republic of Cyprus APOEL 3–0 (H) Matchday 1 Spain Sevilla 2–2 (H)
Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–1 (A) Matchday 2 Russia Spartak Moscow 1–1 (A)
England Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 (H) Matchday 3 Slovenia Maribor 7–0 (A)
England Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 (A) Matchday 4 Slovenia Maribor 3–0 (H)
Republic of Cyprus APOEL 6–0 (A) Matchday 5 Spain Sevilla 3–3 (A)
Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–2 (H) Matchday 6 Russia Spartak Moscow 7–0 (H)
Group H runners-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 England Tottenham Hotspur 6 16
2 Spain Real Madrid 6 13
3 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 2
4 Republic of Cyprus APOEL 6 2
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group E winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 England Liverpool 6 12
2 Spain Sevilla 6 9
3 Russia Spartak Moscow 6 6
4 Slovenia Maribor 6 3
Source: UEFA
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
France Paris Saint-Germain 5–2 3–1 (H) 2–1 (A) Round of 16 Portugal Porto 5–0 5–0 (A) 0–0 (H)
Italy Juventus 4–3 3–0 (A) 1–3 (H) Quarter-finals England Manchester City 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A)
Germany Bayern Munich 4–3 2–1 (A) 2–2 (H) Semi-finals Italy Roma 7–6 5–2 (H) 2–4 (A)

Match

Details

The "home" team (for business reasons) was decided by an extra draw held after the semi-final draw. It was held on 13 April 2018, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

26 May 2018 (2018-05-26)
21:45 EEST
Real Madrid Spain 3–1 England Liverpool NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev
Attendance: 61,561
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Benzema Goal 51'

Bale Goal 64'83'

Report Mané Goal 55'

Real Madrid
Liverpool
GK 1 Costa Rica Keylor Navas
RB 2 Spain Dani Carvajal Substituted off in the 37th minute 37'
CB 5 France Raphaël Varane
CB 4 Spain Sergio Ramos (c)
LB 12 Brazil Marcelo
CM 10 Croatia Luka Modrić
CM 14 Brazil Casemiro
CM 8 Germany Toni Kroos
AM 22 Spain Isco Substituted off in the 61st minute 61'
CF 9 France Karim Benzema Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
CF 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Substitutes:
GK 13 Spain Kiko Casilla
DF 6 Spain Nacho Substituted on in the 37th minute 37'
DF 15 France Theo Hernández
MF 20 Spain Marco Asensio Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
MF 23 Croatia Mateo Kovačić
FW 11 Wales Gareth Bale Substituted on in the 61st minute 61'
FW 17 Spain Lucas Vázquez
Manager:
France Zinedine Zidane
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GK 1 Germany Loris Karius
RB 66 England Trent Alexander-Arnold
CB 6 Croatia Dejan Lovren
CB 4 Netherlands Virgil van Dijk
LB 26 Scotland Andrew Robertson
CM 7 England James Milner Substituted off in the 83rd minute 83'
CM 14 England Jordan Henderson (c)
CM 5 Netherlands Georginio Wijnaldum
RF 11 Egypt Mohamed Salah Substituted off in the 31st minute 31'
CF 9 Brazil Roberto Firmino
LF 19 Senegal Sadio Mané Booked in the 82nd minute 82'
Substitutes:
GK 22 Belgium Simon Mignolet
DF 2 England Nathaniel Clyne
DF 17 Estonia Ragnar Klavan
DF 18 Spain Alberto Moreno
MF 20 England Adam Lallana Substituted on in the 31st minute 31'
MF 23 Germany Emre Can Substituted on in the 83rd minute 83'
FW 29 England Dominic Solanke
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klopp

Man of the Match:
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Assistant referees:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
Fourth official:
Clément Turpin (France)
Additional assistant referees:
Nenad Đokić (Serbia)
Danilo Grujić (Serbia)
Reserve assistant referee:
Nemanja Petrović (Serbia)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

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