Early Mo Salah penalty, a sublime late strike by Divock Origi and star performance from goalkeeper Alisson gave Liverpool their 6th Champions League title.
Luck smiled Liverpool’s way in the All-English final, as Slovakian referee Damir Skomina awarded a penalty in the 3rd minute when the ball hit Moussa Sissokho’s outstretched arm.
Talisman Mo Salah converted from the spot to give Liverpool an early lead. Tottenham were unable to grab a equaliser, failing to test Alisson early on.
The second half started with more promise from Tottenham with semi-final star Lucas Moura thrown into action. But Mauricio Pochettino’s side were unable to claw back a goal against the Virgil van Dijk-led defense and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing strategy.
Substitute Divock Origi sealed the game in the 87th minute, powering a low shot past a helpless Hugo Lloris from 18 yards out.
Tottenham put in a brave performance in the final third of the game with a number of close chances. However, Liverpool’s Brazillian goalkeeper Alisson stole the show with some world class saves.
A controversial VAR penalty that could have gone the other way on any given day. The ball rebounded from Moussa Sissokho’s chest before going on to hit his outstretched arm. Slovak referee Skomina pointed to the spot in an instant.
Tottenham players protested but the VAR assistant did not object to the decision. Consequently, Salah converted and Tottenham never fully recovered from the early setback.
The definition of handball is a little murky in FIFA’s playbook, and some referees would probably have decided against giving the penalty.
Player of the Match – Alisson Becker
The Brazilian number one stood large in his goal and kept Tottenham’s late barrage at bay.
With a flawless performance, the custodian kept Liverpool with an upper hand right till the end. Alisson’s crucial saves were the difference on the night.
Sixth UCL triumph for Liverpool
Liverpool have emerged as a formidable European powerhouse under German coach Jurgen Klopp and their being crowned Champions of Europe for the sixth time validates their status as continent’s elite.
The English club now stand at third, with only Real Madrid (13) and Milan (7) having won the apex trophy of club football in Europe more times than Liverpool.