#UCLfinal: Zidane insists Madrid vs Liverpool is ’50/50′

#UCLfinal: Zidane insists Madrid vs Liverpool is ’50/50′

#UCLfinal: Zidane insists Madrid vs Liverpool is ’50/50′

After a season dominated by injuries and disappointment at dropping down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, Gareth Bale showed why he was once the most expensive player in the world to win a third consecutive Champions League final for Real Madrid.

If the 28-year-old does leave Madrid this summer, he will do so as a victor in at least three Champions League and one Copa del Rey finals and having scored or set up a goal in three of the four matches.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Real Madrid after a horrendous clanger from Karius before Sadio Mane leveled things up not long after.

Real Madrid have already lost to an English team in this season's Champions League, going down against Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage.

Liverpool suffered a huge blow when their Egypt striker Mohamed Salah had to go off on the half hour with a shoulder injury with Adam Lallana brought on.

Ferdinand claims it's because Benzema's role in the side allows players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco to wreak havoc while the Frenchman pins back the central defenders. Instead of waiting 2 more seconds for Karim Benzema to clear the penalty area, the Liverpool goalkeeper rushes the throw, which Benzema quickly reacts to, scoring one of the more freaky goals we've seen this season. As a result, the Real starting line-up is the same as that which took to the field in last year's final, when the Spanish giants beat Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.

Real become the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win Europe's elite club trophy three years in a row and Zinedine Zidane the first coach to win three back-to-back titles.

Bale added to that goal with a big helping hand - quite literally - from Karius, who palmed a long-range shot from Bale into his own net on 84 minutes.

Real Madrid have been way off the pace in La Liga.

It was billed as Salah versus Ronaldo, but the shoulder injury caused by Sergio Ramos's cynical first-half challenge put an end to that sideshow and gave Liverpool the challenge of proving they could prosper without their star man.

The game exploded into life in the second half, when Real took the lead in freakish fashion.

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