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Live Commentary: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Liverpool - as it happened

Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham as the Reds lifted the Champions League for the first time since 2005.
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An early penalty from Mohamed Salah and a late strike from Divock Origi earned Liverpool a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.

Salah converted from the spot after Moussa Sissoko was deemed to have handled Sadio Mane's cross inside the opening 30 seconds.

Tottenham were the better side for the majority of the match, but the Reds killed off the contest three minutes from time through substitute Origi's crisp finish.

Relive how the 90 minutes of action unfolded with Sports Mole's live text coverage below.


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Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live text coverage of the Champions League final showdown between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Reds are seeking a sixth triumph in UEFA's elite club competition, 14 years on from their most recent success, while Spurs are competing in the final for the first time in their history.

Both teams defied the odds to make it this far, each recovering from three-goal deficits in the semi-finals - against Barcelona and Ajax respectively - but only one of the sides can come out on top in this all-English affair in Madrid.


Tottenham finished 26 points below Premier League runners-up Liverpool this season and are therefore the underdogs in Madrid this evening. Mauricio Pochettino described the semi-final clash with Ajax as the biggest match of his career and it goes without saying that this game is even bigger.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have been here before, meanwhile, having conquered Europe five times already. They also reached this stage 12 months ago when going down 3-1 to holders Real Madrid in Kiev. That took Klopp's record to six final defeats in a row in all competitions, stretching back to his time at Borussia Dortmund.


Before taking a look at the two sides' runs to the final in a little more detail, let us first switch focus to some confirmed team news from the Wanda Metropolitano.

Both managers had one or two big decisions to make for tonight's huge showdown - will it be Harry Kane who leads the Tottenham line? Will Roberto Firmino be fit enough to start through the middle for Liverpool? Let us find out...


TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS!

STARTING XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Winks; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane

SUBS: Gazzaniga, Vorm, Sanchez, Foyth, Davies, Aurier, Dier, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Lucas Moura, Lamela, Llorente


KANE STARTS! There is some big team news as far as Tottenham are concerned as Kane, who has not featured since injuring his ankle in the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City on April 9, is named in the starting lineup.

That is a truly massive call from Pochettino, and it is one that many expected him to make given that Kane has had more than a week's training. The big loser is Lucas Moura, the scorer of a hat-trick in the last round, as he drops to the bench.


Harry Winks being named in the starting lineup is also a tad surprising, though Pochettino did put him up to speak to the media on Friday which is often an indication that a player is going to start. Winks has also been out since the start of April, so he has gone nearly two months between games.

Pochettino has a lot of faith in the England international and he does tend to shine on the European stage. Winks is used alongside Moussa Sissoko - a key performer in this run to the final - in holding midfield.


All in all Pochettino makes six changes from the 2-2 draw with Everton on the final day of the Premier League season. As well as restoring Kane and Winks, there are also returns for Jan Vertonghen, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Son Heung-min.

Rose and Trippier will operate at full-back, with Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld used in the middle in what is a 4-2-3-1 formation. Son will presumably start on the left of a three-man attacking midfield, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli also offering support for Kane.


LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS!

STARTING XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

SUBS: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Brewster, Origi, Kelleher


FIRMINO RETURNS! The big team news from Liverpool's point of view is that Firmino is indeed deemed fit enough to start, as was expected to be the case. The Brazilian forward has missed the Reds' last three matches, including the semi-final second leg against Barcelona, but he has had a further three weeks to recover.

Firmino starts in a full-strength attack that also includes Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who has been arguably Liverpool's star performer this season.


If the front three and back four picks itself, Klopp had a big call to make in central midfield. The German has opted for the tried and trusted formula of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho, with James Milner on the bench and Naby Keita out because of an injury.

Divock Origi was the hero of the semi-final triumph against Barcelona, but he drops down to the bench today to make way for Firmino. In defence, it is Joel Matip over Dejan Lovren alongside Virgil van Dijk.


Trent Alexander-Arnold, at 20 years and 237 days, is the first ever player aged under 21 to start in consecutive Champions League finals, having played a full part against Real Madrid 12 months ago.

On the opposite flank is Andrew Robertson, who also has an extra year's experience under his belt following that heartbreaking defeat to Los Blancos in 2018. In goal, meanwhile, it is no surprise to see Alisson Becker get the nod after a sensational first season in English football.


Harry Kane injured his ankle on April 9 and has not featured for Tottenham since - until today. The England international returns to the Lilywhites' starting lineup in place of semi-final hero Lucas Moura, who drops down to the bench.

Liverpool have Roberto Firmino back in their ranks, meanwhile, with the Brazilian returning from a month-long layoff.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane suffers ankle injury in challenge with Manchester City's Fabian Delph in the Champions League on April 9, 2019.© Reuters


Kane has been directly involved in 17 goals in 18 Champions League appearances for Tottenham, scoring 14 and assisting three.

The Englishman has scored five goals in nine matches against Liverpool, while also providing two assists, but his last goal versus today's opponents came back in February 2018.

Make no mistake about it - Pochettino's decision to recall his leading goalscorer is massive, and it will no doubt be dissected in plenty of detail depending on whether Tottenham win or lose today.


Liverpool are competing in their ninth European Cup final tonight - more than any other English side. They have won the trophy five times but have lost their last two finals - against Real Madrid 12 months ago and versus AC Milan in 2007, two years after beating the same side in arguably the competition's most famous final.

The Reds struggled a little in the group phase this time around, however, with back-to-back losses to Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain leaving them needing to beat Napoli in their final fixture. They prevailed 1-0 at Anfield through a first-half goal from Mohamed Salah, though if not for a late save from Alisson Becker they would have been out.


That Alisson save has, in many ways, altered Liverpool's history as they are now one game away from lifting the famous trophy for a sixth time. The Reds have not exactly had an easy path to the final, either, as after finishing second in a tough group, they overcame Bayern Munich 3-1 in the last 16.

A goalless draw at Anfield was seen as a negative result by many, but Klopp's side always have goals in them and that proved in the second leg in Bavaria as they progressed through thanks to a couple of Sadio Mane goals and one from Virgil van Dijk. Incredibly, that was not even the most memorable result of this European campaign.


Following a rather routine victory over Porto in the quarter-finals, Liverpool pulled off one of the most famous results in their history. Three goals down from the first leg of their semi-final with Barcelona, the Reds won 4-0 on home soil to go through 4-3 on aggregate.

Again, many things happened across the two legs that make you think that Klopp's side are simply destined to lift the trophy. Ousmane Dembele's late miss in the first leg with the scoreline at 3-0 sticks out in particular, as Liverpool more than rode their luck before producing the unthinkable on Merseyside to set up this all-English final in Madrid.


Tottenham have had just as memorable a run to this stage. They collected just one point from the first nine on offer in the group stage - a 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven that they dominated - but they pulled off the great escape of sorts by beating PSV late on in the reverse fixture, before winning 1-0 at home to Inter and drawing 1-1 at Barcelona.

Even so much as reaching the knockout stages, having been placed in a very tough group, has to be considered a good achievement for the Lilywhites, especially when taking into account their lack of transfer activity over the past year and a half.

In case you have been living under a rock, Pochettino has not added to his squad since Lucas joined from PSG in January 2018.


Spurs were then dealt a tricky hand in the last 16 as they were paired with Borussia Dortmund, who were leading the way in Bundesliga at the time. The Lilywhites won 3-0 at Wembley Stadium thanks to an impressive second-half display and completed the job with a 1-0 victory in Germany - Kane scoring the only goal of the game that night.

What followed in the next two rounds was truly staggering. Tottenham beat Man City 4-4 on away goals in what was, personally speaking, the best game of this and many other seasons.

That is even accounting for the 3-3 away-goals win against Ajax when recovering from three goals down with 35 minutes of the match to play in Amsterdam. Lucas was the hero, but his reward for that display is a place on the bench today!


Tottenham may have been in incredible form on the continent, but domestically speaking their trailed off as the season went on. They were in outside title contention with three months of the campaign to go, only to lose their way with four losses and a draw in five matches heading into April.

Spurs ended the Premier League campaign with two losses and a draw, though they still did enough to hold off bitter rivals Arsenal for fourth place. No matter what happens today, then, they will be competing in the Champions League again next season.


Liverpool fell just short in their mission of lifting the Premier League for the first time, meanwhile, finishing a point behind back-to-back champions Man City in an astonishing title race.

The Reds are officially the best runners-up in top-flight history, though that will count for little in the grand scheme of things. Some say winning the Champions League would not make up for finishing second, but try telling that to those supporters celebrating into the early hours if their side do come out on top in Madrid.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS! Liverpool won both of their league meetings with Spurs this season. In total, they have met at least three times in all competitions in 13 previous campaigns - Liverpool have only beaten Tottenham three times in a single season in one of those (1985-86 - four times).

The only previous meeting between the Reds and Spurs in a major final was in the 1982 EFL Cup final, with the Merseysiders coming from behind to win 3-1 after extra time.


That most recent encounter between the sides may have finished 2-1 to Liverpool, but they were perhaps fortunate to prevail.

Lucas cancelled out Firmino's goal at Anfield and Sissoko then had a huge chance to win the match for Spurs late on, only to blaze high over the bar following some impressive defending from Van Dijk.

A frantic finale then saw Alderweireld put the ball into his own net as the Reds claimed a slender win to keep their title hopes well and truly alive.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld in the Premier League on March 31, 2019© Reuters


Liverpool were of course the better side over the duration of the Premier League campaign, yet Tottenham's results on the continent show just why Klopp has been so full of praise for them.

Spurs have defeated the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Manchester City over the past two seasons, while also claiming a draw at Barcelona, so they have players in their squad used to competing against the world's very best sides.


Yet for all of the quality in Tottenham's squad, even more so given that Kane is fit to start, Liverpool have had a phenomenal season and have also produced some incredible football to make it this far for the second season running.

Klopp's record in finals has been mentioned a lot in the build-up to this match and, should that run stretch to a seventh defeat in a row, he will have plenty to answer for.

Unlike in the majority of those previous finals, though, his side head into this clash as favourites. There really can be no excuses for the German come full time this evening.


DID YOU KNOW? This will be Tottenham's first major final in any European competition since the 1984 UEFA Cup. They are looking to become just the third English side to win all three of the major UEFA tournaments after Chelsea and Manchester United (European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League and Cup Winners' Cup).

Liverpool have lost their last four appearances in major domestic and European finals since winning the 2012 EFL Cup. Meanwhile, Spurs' last major trophy win was also the EFL Cup (2008), losing their last two finals since then.


No matter what way you look at it, something has got to give tonight. Will Klopp's poor finals record come to an end? Will it be a first major trophy for Pochettino? And, which of Tottenham or Liverpool will have a first piece of serious silverware to add to the cabinet - sorry, EFL Cup fans - for the first time in over a decade?

Both teams have given us plenty of thrills both in the Premier League and Champions League over the past nine months, so fingers crossed for some entertainment in the biggest game of them all this evening. This one should live up to the hype it has been given.


MANAGERS' COMMENTS!

Mauricio Pochettino: "We all have fears. It's not that you are not going to fear anything. You are still going to have fears, but you're going to be free to work [through them]. People without fears don't exist.

"The difference is people who tackle their fears, who cope with them, and who achieve. The other people are those that freeze with fear. Successful people have the same fears as other people. It's just that they take them on."

Jurgen Klopp: "The thing is, you - the outside world - judges us by what we win and what we don't. Look back in 20 years and nobody will talk about our brilliant season, unless another team comes close to 97 points. Nobody will really speak about it but, for me, it will stay forever.

"But the outside world is different and we have to accept that. Coaches, most of us, judge each other not on trophies - and not because most of us don't win them - but because we know about the job."


Plenty has been made about Pochettino's comments before and after the semi-final win over Ajax - and rightly so - as he strongly hinted he will leave Tottenham this summer should his side win the Champions League.

The ex-Southampton manager's thinking is that once you lift the biggest club trophy there is to win, there is nothing else left to do.

Klopp will definitely still be at Anfield next season, meanwhile, having once again dismissed rumours linking him to the Juventus job this week.


PREDICTION!

Spurs are capable of beating Liverpool in a one-off match, but the Reds have been so impressive throughout the season and showed no sign of buckling when the pressure was on during the closing stages of the Premier League season.

Klopp's side should be better suited to rise to such a grand occasion, then, and we are backing them to add a sixth European Cup to their honours list. 3-1.


PRE-MATCH STATS! This is the first Champions League final between two sides who both failed to win their respective groups since Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich in 2010.

This will be the second all-English European Cup/Champions League final, with Manchester United beating Chelsea on penalties in 2008 in the other.

Liverpool were the losing finalists in last season's Champions League final – the last side to lose consecutive finals in the competition were Valencia in 2000 and 2001.

Of players to have scored at least 10 Champions League goals, Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored the highest percentage of them in the knockout stages of the competition (71.4%, 10/14).


After three weeks of build-up, we are now just seconds away from kickoff at the Wanda Metropolitano! This is the biggest game in world football in 2019, given that there is no World Cup - which side will come out on top?

Madrid has been taken over by Tottenham and Liverpool fans in the past few days, but the trip will end in heartbreak for one of these sides.

This year's Champions League has been the best ever, giving us twists and turns galore. Fingers crossed for one final night of drama. Here. We. Go!

A generic image of the Champions League trophy on August 15, 2018© Reuters


KICKOFF:  Unlike in the Europa League a few days ago, the atmosphere inside the Wanda Metropolitano is fantastic. It is packed with supporters from both teams and they could have sold it out three or four times over.

Following a minute's silence for Jose Antonio Reyes, who tragically died in a car accident, it is Liverpool who get the final underway!


PENALTY!  LIVERPOOL HAVE A PENALTY 24 SECONDS IN!!! Wow! I make it 24 seconds - it may have been fewer - and Liverpool have a penalty. Mane's pass hits the arm of Sissoko. The midfielder's arm was definitely outstretched so the decision will stand, despite a VAR check.

GOAL!  TOTTENHAM 0-1 LIVERPOOL (MOHAMED SALAH, PEN)

SALAH CONVERTS THE PENALTY! In front of Tottenham's band of travelling supporters, Salah sends the penalty pretty much down the middle and Lloris is unable to keep it out. What a start for Liverpool!

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah converts a penalty against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League final on June 1, 2019© Reuters


Tottenham cannot afford to let that goal rattle them. They barely had a touch of the ball prior to Salah putting Liverpool in front from the penalty spot.

The Reds' supporters are the ones making all the noise now, buoyed by that early goal. Salah has now scored six goals versus Spurs - his joint-best opponent in his European club career (also Bournemouth and Watford).


Alli takes the ball off Alexander-Arnold and plays the ball into the feet of Son. The forward cannot quite adjust his feet inside the box and a corner is the best he can manage.

It is whipped towards Vertonghen but Van Dijk gets his head to the ball first.


Alisson is forced to boot the ball out of play under pressure. Tottenham have settled well since falling behind inside the first few minutes.

The ball is spread to Rose high up on the left but he miscontrols it and Liverpool have a throw.


Sissoko thumps the ball high into the stands from range following a positive move from Tottenham. Liverpool have not really offered a great deal since going in front, but a breakdown in communication leads to Sane winning a preventable corner.



Matip goes in quite hard on Kane, who initially looked to be in a bit of pain but he is soon back on his feet and OK to continue.

A word on the conditions in Madrid - it is incredibly hot, even now, and that will no doubt play a part as this match goes on. Spurs are the side on top at the moment.


Alexander-Arnold is being given a tough time of it down Liverpool's right, with Tottenham overloading down that side.

Tottenham have been pretty dominant in terms of possession after settling into the match, though they are chasing a goal with a quarter of an hour played.


SHOT!  Liverpool get the ball forward and Alexander-Arnold really puts his boot through it from 30 yards. The ball arrows across Lloris' goal but it ends a yard or so wide.

Play is stopped for 30 seconds or so because there is a streaker on the field.


Liverpool are not really getting anywhere at the moment - their passing has not been as slick as usual, put it that way.

Pochettino will be pleased enough with his side's response to falling behind, but they need to start testing Alisson. Son is one-on-one with Alexander-Arnold but cannot get past his man.


The cross from the left is hit straight at Alisson, who gathers on his line. Tottenham are continuing to see more of the ball and you sense that they could easily find a leveller before half time.

Salah's shot from 25 yards deflects wide off Alderweireld.


Salah turns Vertonghen and is keen to get a shot away, but he slashes at the ball and it goes out for a throw.

A cross from the left via Robertson is then brilliantly defended by Rose - had he not got there Salah would have had a second.


Salah's opener for Liverpool is the second-fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldini (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005.

The Reds are now enjoying a spell on top, culminating in another corner being won. Their set pieces have been pretty good so far.


Robertson catches Trippier in the face with a flailing arm and a couple of Tottenham players want a red card to be shown. The referee is right to award a free kick and nothing else.

The referee gives Pochettino a little talking to as the manager was among those who felt there was malice from Robertson.


The game has gone a little quiet over the last few minutes, with both teams enjoying spells on the ball without really getting it forward.

Tottenham are trying to get the ball forward from deep. The ball is finally launched forward, Son takes it in his stride but the offside flag eventually goes up.


Liverpool launch the ball forward from a free kick but it goes straight behind without a touch for a goal kick.

This is a key period in the match - neither side are managing to find any momentum. Fabinho drags down Kane just inside his own half.


The game has definitely slowed down over the last five minutes. Rose plays a simple pass straight out of play, with Son asking his teammate what he was attempting.

Another stray pass in midfield, this time from a Liverpool player, is gobbled up by Sissoko. Neither team can find any sort of rhythm to their game at the comment.


The final ball is constantly letting Spurs down. The only shot on target in the game so far came through Salah's penalty in the second minute.

Alli gets the wrong side of Robertson but all he can manage is a corner, which is worked short to Trippier before being cleared.


The atmosphere has been sucked out of the Wanda Metropolitano, not helped by the heat! It has gone very quiet in this impressive stadium, reflecting the poor quality of football on show over the last 20 minutes.

Salah's goal (1:48) was his quickest at club level since November 2015, when he scored after 1:36 for Roma against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.


SAVE!  Robertson, without a goal this season, thumps the ball on target from 25 yards. Lloris gets a fingertip to the ball to deny Liverpool a second goal.

That was the best either side have offered since Salah's early breakthrough goal. The corner is wasted, though, as Salah volleys over from the edge of the box.

Andy Robertson has a shot kept out by Hugo Lloris during Liverpool's Champions League final showdown with Tottenham Hotspur on June 1, 2019© Reuters


There is a stoppage in play as Vertonghen has an elbow injury - not quite sure what happened there. In fact, a replay shows that he may have hit his elbow against Mane when defending the corner.

The Belgian centre-back is given the green light to continue. Liverpool are knocking the ball around but are not really looking for the killer final ball.

A shot deflects into the path of Firmino but he plays it out wide rather than going for goal, and a corner is won.


Alexander-Arnold's outswinger is half-cleared by the head of Kane and Salah's shot deflects behind for another set piece.

This is Liverpool's best spell of the match, right at the end of the first half. This latest corner is cleared by Son.


Spurs work a three-on-three situation but Alli plays the ball straight to Alisson. The midfielder was looking for Son's run but the pass was terrible - and not necessarily a tough one.

I think both sides could do with half time now as the game has not really got going so far.


HALF TIME:  TOTTENHAM 0-1 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool took a one-goal lead into half time thanks to a Salah penalty two minutes in. It has been a low-quality match so far but at least we have plenty still to play for in the second half.

Liverpool were in front with two minutes on the clock thanks to Mohamed Salah's successfully-converted penalty down the middle, awarded after Sadio Mane's cross hit the outstretched arm of Moussa Sissoko in the box with less than 30 seconds played.

That was one of just two on-target attempts in a low-quality first half, with Andy Robertson's long-ranger - forcing Hugo Lloris into a fingertip stop - the other.


Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a bullet strike wide from the best of the speculative efforts from range as both teams struggled to find any real momentum.

Tottenham have not been ahead in any of their 13 Champions League games this season, though they still went on to win six of the previous 12, so they still have hope ahead of the second period in Madrid.


BENCH WATCH!

TOTTENHAM SUBS: Gazzaniga, Vorm, Sanchez, Foyth, Davies, Aurier, Dier, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Lucas Moura, Lamela, Llorente

LIVERPOOL SUBS: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Brewster, Origi, Kelleher

Lucas Moura watches on as Spurs go down to Ajax on April 30, 2019© Reuters


KICKOFF:  Tottenham get the 2019 Champions League final back up and running at the Wanda Metropolitano. The second half should be more entertaining than the first as Tottenham know they have just 45 minutes to find a response.

In his first appearance in two months, Kane had just 11 touches during the first half - fewer than any other Tottenham player - while Liverpool's tally of 101 completed passes was their fewest in the first half of a game across all competitions this season.

Tottenham have started the second half on top, sending a few balls into the opposition area.


The second half has started in the same way as the majority of the first half in the sense that both teams are really struggling to get the ball forward.

Maybe it is the three-week gap between matches, the heat or just simply the occasion, but this has been a pretty poor match in terms of the quality of football on display.


Son tees up the shot for Vertonghen 10 yards from goal and it strikes a Liverpool player. Even if it had crept in, though, it would not have stood as the offside flag eventually went up.

Pochettino must surely be tempted to turn to his bench in the next 10 minutes to give his side something a little different - Lucas for Alli or Son is the obvious choice.


SAVE!  Alexander-Arnold sends in the cross of the night but nobody in a red top can get on the end of it. Liverpool have finally woken up following a positive five-minute spell from their opponents.

Fabinho's effort from a long way out is easily dealt with by Lloris.


Another teasing cross comes in, this time from Robertson, but Lloris is alert to the danger.

Up the other end moments later, Alli makes a positive run and a shot inside the box is blocked. The game has opened up a fair bit all of a sudden.


Son is rewarded for some positive play by winning his side a corner out of Robertson. Alderweireld and Vertonghen go up, Trippier swings it in and Alisson gets a touch to it.

The shot arrives and it goes behind for another corner from the other side, which Vertonghen heads over the crossbar. Half a chance, that!


LIVERPOOL SUB! Firmino, who has looked well off the pace today, is replaced by semi-final hero Origi for the final 30 minutes of normal time.

I cannot believe just how sloppy both sides have been tonight. The game is crying out for some quality - it would be a shame if the game was to be settled by a penalty awarded 30 seconds in.

Tottenham are probing away but a clean shot does not arrive and Alli's pass goes behind for a goal kick. Klopp appears to be readying another substitution.


LIVERPOOL SUB! Wijnaldum, another who has not got going today, is replaced by the experienced Milner in a like-for-like midfield change. Pochettino has still yet to turn to his bench.

A roar goes up around the ground as both sets of supporters urge their respective sides on. It has been a pretty dire contest - one of the lowest-quality games we have seen in this season's Champions League.

Tottenham have seen 65% of the ball in the opening 64 minutes but have very little to show for it. Pochettino is about to make his first change.


TOTTENHAM SUB! Semi-final hero Lucas is brought on. The player to make way is a surprising one, as Winks - probably Tottenham's best player - leaves the field. That said, he is not fully fit and Pochettino had to change something.

Pochettino has two more changes to make in normal time, compared to Klopp's one.


Alexander-Arnold fizzes the ball into the area and Alderweireld heads it behind for a corner. The set piece, surprise surprise, is poor.

There are now a little over 20 minutes for Liverpool to see through for a sixth European Cup triumph.


CLOSE!  Finally, something of note has happened! Mane skips past Eriksen with ease with a drop of the shoulder and it is worked to Milner in the box.

The midfielder's shot had Lloris rooted to the spot but it is inches wide of the bottom corner. Very close to being curtains for Tottenham!


Liverpool are backing off and Tottenham manage to get in behind. Trippier's cross is decent but none of his teammates get on the end of it.

Trippier then sends in a second cross and pulls up, seemingly with a hamstring injury. Liverpool counter and Alderweireld takes the ball off Mane's boot before he can shoot.

Sissoko and Rose are also on the ground so there will be a stoppage in play.


SAVE!  You would not rule out extra time at this point because Spurs could easily snatch a goal. Kane has barely touched the ball today but the Lilywhites have thrived on late drama in Europe this term.

Dier and Davies are warming up with Trippier, Sissoko and Rose each carrying injuries.

Alli's chipped shot is plucked out of the air by Alisson - a rare shot on target for Spurs.


TOTTENHAM SUB! Sissoko, who picked up an injury as few minutes ago, is replaced by Dier. That is not a chance Pochettino would have wanted to make, leaving him with just one more sub.

Son charges through the middle and all of a sudden it looks as though he has just Alisson to beat. Van Dijk makes a recovery challenge, though, and all the South Korean has to show for his burst is a corner.

That Alli shot a few minutes ago was Tottenham's first on target all evening. They are looking a lot more positive now compared to the first hour of the game.


All of a sudden then are just 11 minutes of the final to play. It has been a pretty poor showing from Liverpool but they will not care one bit if they can hold on.

Tottenham are being allowed to dominate possession but they frustratingly go all the way back to Lloris instead of keeping their momentum going.


Trippier brings down a diagonal ball and swings in a delightful cross for Alli. The midfielder heads over from seven yards, but he would have been penalised for a shove had it gone in.

SAVE!  Tottenham are seriously turning the screw now. Son gets a shot away from nothing which Alisson parries. The next shot arrives from Lucas a few seconds later and Alisson again gets down low to make the save, this time getting two hands to it.

Liverpool are playing a dangerous game as Son's latest shot rolls down the middle for Alisson to keep out.


TOTTENHAM SUB! Llorente is on for Alli in Tottenham's final change of normal time. It is now or never for the Lilywhites, with seven minutes of the final to go.

Henderson's shot from a fair way out is dragged horribly wide. Liverpool have barely got the ball into Tottenham's half of the field over the last 15 minutes, instead focusing entirely on defending.

Rose is caught by Milner a yard outside the box. The full-backs asks the referee to check VAR, which confirms the contact was definitely outside the area. Still, this is a chance for Spurs.


SAVE!  Eriksen, despite the angle being against him, shoots from the free kick and forces Alisson into a good stop. The Brazilian keeper takes no risks as he pushes the ball behind for a corner.

The free kick is helped on by Moura and Son lifts it over the bar from a few yards out, though he was offside anyway.


Liverpool finally get the ball forward and another corner is won, which they take their time over. Alderweireld has picked up a facial injury but is allowed to come back onto the field to defend the set piece.

GOAL!  TOTTENHAM 0-2 LIVERPOOL (DIVOCK ORIGI)

ORIGI KILLS OFF TOTTENHAM! A sloppy goal to seal a sloppy final! Tottenham are unable to clear the corner and it drops for Origi, who picks out the bottom corner with a pretty crisp finish. That should do it for Liverpool!

Divock Origi celebrates after scoring Liverpool's second goal in the Champions League final win over Tottenham Hotspur on June 1, 2019© Reuters


SAVE!  Matip comes across Kane inside the box but no penalty is awarded. The England international left his leg dangling, clearly looking to initiate the contact.

Rose then gets a shot away which is very tame and easy for Alisson to deal with down to his right.


SAVE!  Alisson produces another save to push away Son's powerful drive. Tottenham have been the better side overall this evening but they have not been as clinical as their opponents.

There are three minutes of added time to come.


SAVE!  Tottenham are shooting at will now as Kane is allowed to get an effort away on his left, which Alisson is again equal to. Spurs have around 120 seconds to score a couple of goals - it is unlikely to say the least.

FULL TIME:  TOTTENHAM 0-2 LIVERPOOL

LIVERPOOL ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!

Liverpool are champions of Europe for a sixth time! This was far from a classic but the Reds will not care one little bit.

Salah opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes in after Sissoko handled Mane's cross and, despite plenty of toiling from Tottenham, Klopp's men added a second three minutes from time through Origi's crisp finish.

Credit to Tottenham for reaching the final, but it was one match too far for them.


That concludes Sports Mole's live text coverage of events from the Wanda Metropolitano.

An on-the-whistle report can be found by clicking here, and be sure to stick around for some reaction from both camps.

Thanks for joining us today. See you again soon!


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· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

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· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

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