Real Madrid and Liverpool will rekindle their rivalry on the UEFA Champions League (UCL) stage when the two teams meet in the final. The two teams survived their respective semifinal tie this week to book their spot in the final scheduled to take place in Paris at the end of the month.
The UCL final this season would be a repeat of the one from four seasons ago when Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the last of their 13 European titles. Welshman Gareth Bale was the star of the game after he scored twice to lead his team to victory.
The 2018 UCL final between Liverpool and Real Madrid is famous for the incident involving Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah. The incident happened at the start of the game and it left Salah injured. The Egyptian international picked up a shoulder injury from the collision and he had to leave the game. His exit affected Liverpool for the rest of the game as they struggled to test the Real Madrid defence without their talisman. A lot of Liverpool fans were of the opinion that the collision was a deliberate one from Ramos as he wanted to nullify the Reds by taking out their best player. The injury almost forced Salah to miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Liverpool sealed their place in the 2022 UCL final in Paris after beating Spanish team Villarreal 3-2 in the second leg having been down by two goals at the interval thereby sealing a 5-2 aggregate win. On their part, Real Madrid had to endure a more difficult semifinal tie as they needed extra time to see off Premier League side Manchester City. Frenchman Karim Benzema scored the all-important goal in extra time via a spot kick to seal a 3-1 win in the second leg and an aggregate scoreline of 6-5.