What a match!
Real Madrid have defeated Liverpool FC 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League final. Vinícius Junior scored the deciding goal in the 59th minute, becoming the fifth-youngest player to score in a UCL final. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was the hero for Madrid, recording nine saves and turning away a scary chance from Mohamed Salah in the waning minutes. It's Madrid's record 14th UEFA Champions League/European Cup title and their first since 2018.
Madrid had a strong UCL season, winning five times and losing only against Manchester City. They avenged that loss soon enough, however, engineering an incredible comeback by scoring twice after the 90th minute -- just enough to win 6-5 on aggregate.
This game wasn't quite as dramatic as their victory against Manchester City, but it wasn't entirely without controversy. In the first half, Karim Benzema took advantage of a chaotic sequence in front of Liverpool's goal, scoring in the 42nd minute. The goal was disallowed, however, after a VAR (video assistant referee) review determined that he was offside.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, a noted fan of Madrid, was not happy with the decision.
He was behind the GK but the deflection came from the defender so that's a goal in my books and the rules— Joel "Troel" Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 28, 2022
VARpool paid the refs... that's a goal— Joel "Troel" Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 28, 2022
Other notable athletes across the sports world reacted to the final, heaping praise on Vinicius Junior and Courtois.
HALA MADRID— Joel "Troel" Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 28, 2022
Congrats @realmadrid! 👑🤍🔥😍 Champions of Europe! What a season - happy for the club & all the fans!!! #UCL #UCLfinal— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) May 28, 2022
Its so nice to be a REAL MADRID fan!😊— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) May 28, 2022
Vini Jr so cold !! Omg🤯⚽️— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) May 28, 2022
GOLASOOO!!! 🔵⚪️#ChampionsLeagueFinal ⚽️— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) May 28, 2022
Vamos MADRID!!! 🔥— Willy Hernangómez Geuer (@willyhg94) May 28, 2022
Congrats @RealMadrid for the #UCL-title 2022. Congratulations @ToniKroos & @David_Alaba!— Bastian Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) May 28, 2022
But the best tonight: @thibautcourtois - absolutely world class performance👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #UCLfinal