The 2017/18 UEFA Champions League Finalists have been confirmed as Real Madrid and Liverpool book an epic encounter in Kiev.
The final which kicks off in the Ukranian capital on May 26 will be the third consecutive final of the Whites of Madrid and that of Liverpool after 9 years.
The defending Champions, will seek their thirteenth European Cup, the third consecutive after becoming the first club that retained the crown last season and wait rival Liverpool for his sixteenth final.
Real Madrid survived a scare from Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabau after Karim Benzema scored twice to ensure his side are in their third straight final.
Joshua Kimmich who opened the scoreline in German in the first leg was again the one who gave the opener on Tuesday night in Madrid. Real Madrid loanee, James Rodriguez scored the second to make it 2-2 after Benzema had been gifted an easy passage by Toliso on the 46th minute.
The Bavarians pressed for the third goal but their efforts were not rewarded with a goal, especially when Referee Curker decided not to award them two clear penalties.
There was also drama in Rome when Liverpool lost 2-4 to AS Roma on Wednesday night. Liverpool were also lucky to have survived another scare by the Romans as they broke the home record of Roma with 2 goals in the first half.
Sadio Mane pounced on a back pass from Nainggolan to slot home the first goal after just 8 minutes of the game. James Milner scored an own goal to equalize for Roma but another header to the path of Widjinaldum was enough to secure Liverpool a passage to the final in Kiev. Roma also had two clear penalties disallowed by Referee Damien Skomina which could have changed the complexion of the game.
Ronaldo – Salah clash
The Kiev final will be an encounter between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah as both have scored decisive goals to see their sides come this far.
Ronaldo was kept at bay by the defence of Bayern in the semi finals, therefore was not able to score any goal in both legs. Salah who had a field day in Anfield during the first leg, was also kept silent in Roma as he could not find even a single shot on target.
If Real Madrid got their passport to Kiev after 2-2 on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabéu against Bayern (1-2 in the first leg for the Whites), Liverpool sealed their qualification despite losing at the Olympic. Klopp already has his trident Salah-Firmino-Mané ready (31 goals between the three) to return the glory to Liverpool.
Not only because of the story of its protagonists is it called to be a grand finale. The two sides face off as the sides with most goals in the competition: 39 leads Liverpool and 30 Madrid. The Whites will measure themselves against a rival in a state of grace and with epic to end Real Madrid’s reign