I would define the final in 4 moments. The first moment ofcourse being the Ramos foul on Salah. So many talking points and debates are still raging today. Ramos was labelled as dirty,unsporting and he aquired a host of other Titles.
Ramos is a No nonsence defender,Hard,Knows the tricks of the trade and Like Italian defenders they f#4k you up in tackles. You dnt see this on TV But I remember Alan Shearer being marked by Ciro Ferarra in a World Cup Qualfier. Shearer said he had bruises and was Blue all over courtesy of the Italian.
My take,Yes Ramos hooked him.Ramos intended to foul him No doubt.But I dont think he intended to hurt him or put him out of commission. Salah fell akwardly.He had to be subsitituted. Liverpool were not expecting this.They lost intensity and tempo and the match changed and swung in Real Madrids favour
The second moment was obviously the Howler and shocking error by Karrius.
He Blindly threw the ball onto Benzemas foot and it trickled into the net. Look at this level and in a European Final you simply cannot make mistakes of that Nature. Its unaceptable. Especially after the momentum swung. Liverpool must have been shattered. They regrouped an Mane whom I thought was the best on the night for Liverpool equalised. It was game on. Then this happend. Moment 3
Sometimes the Football Gods script it. Theres nothing you can do but Marvel when a player scores a goal of that quality. To excecute it and direct it into the net was unbelievable. Many Fans even said it was better than the Ronaldo strike against Juventus. It was 2-1 Madrid.
I must be honest I dont think Liverpool would have equalised. But you never know. Real Madrids Midfield seem to grow in stature and up a gear. They were in control since Salah left the pitch. The Karrius error that gifted Bale a second was again unacceptable. It killed Liverpool and the tie and Real Madrid were Champions of Europe for the Third time in a Row. An Amazing achievement by Zidane.