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Champions League Final 2018 Live: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool, updates and analysis

Other than superstition, it is difficult to determine what exactly will determine this game. It has been featured in Spain, especially as the most balanced in recent years, a much easier deal for Real – aiming to be the first team since 1976 to win the Euro for three consecutive years – than to beat Atletico Madrid in 2016 or Juventus last year.

Liverpool would compete to believe Klopp's intense style – the devastating disturbances that swept away Manchester City and Roma on the way here ̵

1; could hurt Real as much. Most finals tend to look into the structure as tense and dense business. A goal, in one way or another, can be crucial.

Maybe that's the way it goes, but at the same time it's hardly unthinkable that one or another law will be ruin. Real's star quality makes them favorites – Zinedine Zidane's players know this step – but if there is a club that believes to be touched by fate in Europe like Madrid, it's Liverpool. That trophy is central to the identity of both teams.

In Europe, the Half-Time Show First

The British singer Dua Lipa and the Jamaican rapper Sean Paul are currently on the field in Kiev and make people nervous (okay, me) that the game will not kick in time. At the moment, a giant tarpaulin covers satellite photography, dozens of dancers and some machines that shoot fire in the air, covering the entire field.

The players are waiting in the tunnel.

Stadium fills and Team has come

From Rory in Kiev: NSC Olympiskiy in Kiev begins to fill with fans: a few thousand are in the city's northern curve, reserved for Liverpool; "Allez Allez Allez," the soundtrack to the club's season blossoms out. A big encouragement went up, just after 8.20 pm. local time when Liverpool's distinctive cherry-red bus was shown arriving at the stadium. An even bigger was reserved for Mohamed Salah's first glimt.

There are only a few hundred people so far in the bright white of Real Madrid at the southern end: many more choose to lie outside, in the hot sunshine in central Kiev, or (more likely) struggle to do that through strict, but lively, security checks.

For all doubt about the suitability of the city as the place for club football's biggest game, for all the logistical challenges that fans have met to get here and for all the inflated hotel prices they have paid to find a bed, Kiev -now Kyiv, as the locals waste without time pointing out – has pulled out all the stops. Khreschatyk, the largest shopping boulevard, has been shut down as a fan zone; Traffic has been barred from much of downtown all day. Whitney Houston has blown out of major speakers on Maidan, the city's independence square, all day for reasons that are not clear because the fans passed the long hours before the evening and the moment they have been waiting for the whole season.

The rulers are out

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Kemi Casilla, Nacho Fernández, Theo Hernández, Mateo Kovacic, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Gareth Bale

had suggested that Zidane would go with the BBR front line Benzema, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, but also Isco for Bale (which is available as a part) sends an aggressive signal. It also suggests that Zidane has the greatest confidence that his world-led backline, sheltered by Casemiro, may close Salah and Co.

Liverpool: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum; Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah

Bench: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke.

As expected from Klopp, whose front three takes a back seat to nobody, even today. He will need big nights from Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum; If Liverpool gets over in the midfield, it can be a long night.

One more note: Real Madrid is named the same 11 players as a starter last year. (It worked quite well for them that day.) None of Liverpool players have ever appeared in a Champions League final.

"Experience is really important," said Klopp on Friday. "A second before the game Real will be more confident than we are, but it does not matter because the game is not determined in the other. Real is very strong, but they have never played us."

What to expect in Champions League Final

• Goal. Liverpool put a tournament record this season with 46. Their players to watch are Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker who led the Premier League in points and has 44 goals in all competitions. Real Madrid counts with his Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading championship in the Champions League story (120 goals in 152 appearances).

• Ronaldo scored 15 goals in 12 Champions League matches this season. One on Saturday would make him the only player to score in four Champions League finals.


Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

• Today's judge is a Serbian Milorad Mazic. He is not a stranger to big games, has worked four matches in the Champions League this season and last year's Confederation Cup final between Germany and Chile. Next month he will call games in his second straight World Cup. If his day is going well, you will not notice him.

• Real Madrid want to extend his record by winning a 13th Champions League title and becoming the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to claim three in a row.

• "We will never live again," says Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane Friday. "We will live for a while but we will never have today and tomorrow again. We must take advantage of. If there is pressure, yes it's life. It does better. "

• Liverpool chase its sixth Champions League trophy, which would move forward on Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the full-time list. Only Madrid and AC Milan, with seven, have more. Reds final visit to the final was 2007 (a loss to Milan ). Their last triumph was in 2005 when Liverpool rallied from a 3-0 halftime defeat to beat Milan on penalty – a game that has become known as the Miracle of Istanbul.


Liverpool's Mohamed Salah enters the field of warmups.

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• "This club has it in its DNA to win big things," says Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp on Friday. "We are here because we are Liverpool. We can not try to fight their level, but football tactics are there to receive an opponent on your level. "

" "You're Never Walk Alone" is Liverpool's most famous song, but you can hear someone else over and over today. It's "Allez Allez Allez", and Rory tracked it to its source in the 1980s. Italian disco earlier this week.

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