Karius Mistakes Doom Liverpool As Real Madrid Wins Third Straight Champions League Title

Two Loris Karius mistakes proved to be the difference as an opportunistic Madrid side warded off Liverpool for its third consecutive Champions League title.

Two Loris Karius mistakes gifted Real Madrid a pair of goals in the Champions League Final, and those proved to be the difference in the game. After a cagey first half in which Sergio Ramos took out Mo Salah, Karim Benzema took advantage of Karius' lapse in judgment and opened the scoring for Real Madrid.

Sadio Mane equalized for Liverpool minutes later, and it looked as if Karius might be let off the hook.

That was until Madrid's super sub Gareth Bale put his side ahead for good with a sensational bicycle kick. Bale was expected by many to start for Real Madrid, and it didn't take him long to make an impact coming off the bench in the second half for Los Blancos. This Bale bicycle kick will go down as one of the all-time great goals in Champions League history.

Similar to how Bayern's goalkeeper Sven Ulreich was victimized in the semifinal, Karius couldn't escape the wrath of the Madrid attack. His first error on the Bale goal was compounded by a misplay on a Bale strike from thirty yards out. Bale's shot dipped and changed directions, and Karius scuffed an attempted save, helplessly watching the ball fall into the net.

There's no shame in allowing the Bale bicycle kick, but Benzema's goal and Bale's final strike will haunt Karius and Liverpool fans for years to come.

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Real Madrid becomes the first team to win three straight Champions League titles since Bayern Munich's three peat from 1974-76.

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