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Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to secure sixth European crown

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. Jurgen Klopp wins his first Champions League title as a manager.

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League Final. (Reuters)

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helped Liverpool secure a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. The Egyptian, who missed out in the finals last year due to a shoulder injury, scored the opener for the Reds. Origi, who came as a second-half substitute, scored the final goal of the match to script Liverpool’s epic victory over Spurs in the summit clash. With this win, Liverpool clinched their sixth European title and Jurgen Klopp’s claimed his first silverware after taking over as the club manager in 2015.

FIRST HALF: Liverpool got off to a perfect start as Sadio Mane earned the Reds a penalty right in the first minute of the match, which was later successfully converted by Salah. However, right after conceding Spurs showed signs of a fightback and they continuously pushed for the ball. Despite enjoying possession for the maximum period in the first 45 minutes, Tottenham failed to break the disciplined Liverpool defence line. Spurs went into the interval with 61 percent ball possession but Liverpool dominated the shots as they had a total of eight attempts at the goal.

SECOND HALF:  The second half saw Spurs getting off to an attacking start as Kieran Trippier played a dangerous ball inside the first five minutes of the second half only to be headed away for a goal kick by Dele Alli. After ten minutes, Spurs created another chance as Heung-min Son wriggled his way into the box but was eventually blocked by Robertson before he could deliver a cross. Looking at the rising threat, Klopp made two substitutions right after the hour mark as Origi and James Milner were introduced in the contest in place of Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum.

With time ticking, Mauricio Pochettino tried to put a more attacking formation and introduced Lucas Moura in place of Harry Winks. Spurs then went to make two more changes by bringing in Eric Dier and Fernando Llorente in the match in place of Moussa Sissoko and Alli.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker produced an acrobatic save to deny Christian Eriksen from finding an equaliser in the 85th minute. However, Origi fired the ball into the far post in the 88th minute to crush Spurs’ dream of winning their first European title.