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Real Madrid won the Champions League after Vinícius Júnior’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 win over Liverpool in Paris.

The Brazilian met Federico Valverde’s low cross at the far post and swept the ball past Alisson just before the hour mark. The goal proved enough to earn Real Madrid their 14th European Cup as Liverpool failed to find a way past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who produced an inspired display.

Kick-off in Paris was delayed by 35 minutes amid chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France, with many Liverpool fans unable to enter the ground in time for the scheduled kick-off . The players went out for a second warm-up due to the delay, before the game got off to a smooth start.

The first big chance came from Liverpool, with Courtois tipping Sadio Mané’s shot to the post after 21 minutes. Mohamed Salah headed straight for Courtois soon after, with Real Madrid only threatening just before half-time. Karim Benzema swept the ball away after it ricocheted off Fabinho but the goal was disallowed – a decision upheld by VAR after a long delay.

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After Vinícius opened the scoring against the run of play, Courtois twice denied Salah – once at his near post and then with a spectacular save from close range as time ran out for Jürgen Klopp’s side.

The report of David Hytner’s match at the Stade de France to follow soon

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