Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 to win the Champions League Final, their 3rd in a row, and 4th in five years. This game had a little bit of everything, back and forth play, an injury to Mo Salah in controversial fashion, a spectacular overhead kick goal by Gareth Bale, a couple of howlers by Liverpool goalie Loris Karius. It was a game full of action, and a final that delivered. It’s unfortunate that we were deprived a full game of Salah against Real Madrid’s defenders, though. Mark Ogden of ESPN describes what this win means for Real Madrid, and this Madrid’s team place in history.
When Mo Salah was brought down on his shoulder and forced to leave the Champions League final, it was a tough moment for Liverpool fans and for neutrals who were hoping he could continue. The injury seemed to be a double blow for Salah, as he was forced to leave the final, and that put his World Cup status in doubt, with the tournament just a few weeks away. Thankfully, all indications so far point to Salah being able to participate. He released a statement on social media saying that he is “confident” he will be playing in Russia. The Egyptian FA was also optimistic, saying the x-rays on Salah’s shoulder were negative. Hopefully the reports are true and Mohamed Salah will be ready for the World Cup. Dani Carvajal, who was also forced out of the final with an injury, sounds like he will also be able to play in the World Cup for Spain.
Neymar has been recovering from an injury he received a few months ago with PSG. He will be playing in the World Cup for Brazil, but he described how he is still dealing with some discomfort because of the ankle injury. “Physically I am well, my foot is fine. I am adapting in a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me,” Neymar said to journalists at Brazil’s football confederation headquarters. Brazil are one of the favorites of the tournament, and are looking to make up for their devastating loss against Germany at the 2014 World Cup. Neymar is their best player, and we will see how he can perform while still dealing with the after effects of his injury.
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