Real Madrid win the Champions League, beating Liverpool 3-1

Real Madrid retained the Champions League, beating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev

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Gareth Bale was the star as Real Madrid won their thirteenth European Cup, defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final.

The reds lost Mo Salah after just half an hour and struggled to recover. They had looked the better team for the majority of the opening stages but after Karim Benzema opened the scoring, Jurgen Klopp's side were always playing catch up.

Bale came off the bench in the second half to put Los Blancos ahead, and in spectacular style too. His overhead kick might as well have been his first touch, having only moment earlier entered play for the departing Isco.

Liverpool team news: Clyne back on bench for Reds

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne is back in training but is likely to be on the bench for the Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Roma.

The England international missed Saturday's draw against West Brom with a muscle injury but has now recovered, although Trent Alexander-Arnold - rested at The Hawthorns - is expected to start against the Italians.

Manager Jurgen Klopp will recall all his big names after making five changes at the weekend, meaning a return for the likes of Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.