LIVE: Real Madrid vs Liverpool

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

Real Madrid subs: Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Theo Hernandez, Gareth Bale.

Liverpool XI: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Isco; Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also been unable to compete with Manchester City domestically but their free-flowing attacking side has caught the eye on the continent. Last winning the Champions League 13 years ago, in remarkable circumstances, the Reds are seeking to dethrone Real Madrid to lift their sixth European Cup.

It’s been a season to forget domestically for Real Madrid, as they surrendered their LaLiga crown to Barcelona and also saw their eternal rivals lift the Copa Del Rey. In Europe though, despite some hiccups, Zinedine Zidane’s side have remained largely untouchable and remarkably enter the game seeking their third Champions League crown in a row – also boasting three successes in the past four seasons.

It’s the biggest game in the European football calendar and, once again, Real Madrid are fighting for the title. Already the most successful side in the competition’s history, they’re looking to strengthen their grip on the Champions League but face a Liverpool side who also boast strong European pedigree in their history.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.


Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel

1 hour until KO: Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev!

Confirmed Team News

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Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema.
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Liverpool XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

TV Channel & Live Stream

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2. It can also be streamed live online using the BT Sport app.

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Betting & Match Odds

Real Madrid are considered to be favourites, with dabblebet offering odds of 6/5 on the Liga giants to triumph. A Liverpool victory is available at 2/1 and a draw over regulation time is 14/5.

Ronaldo is 14/5 to open the scoring in Kiev (4/6 any time), while Mohamed Salah is 7/2 to score first (5/6 any time).

Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.


FIFA dampens Platini’s hopes of reversing four-year ban from football

FIFA appears to have little interest in reconsidering Michel Platini’s ban from football-related activities after the former France star and ex-UEFA president announced his desire to return to the game.

In 2015 the 62-year-old was suspended for six years, later reduced to four on appeal, following a FIFA Ethics Committee investigation into his conduct.

The Frenchman came under scrutiny over his financial dealings with ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Both have always denied any wrongdoing.

During a series of recent media appearances, Platini claimed to have been cleared by Swiss authorities of any wrongdoing and announced his desire to explore a potential return to football. 

A spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland told Omnisport: “The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that no action is currently being taken against Michel Platini.”

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FIFA, though, has reiterated that the ban imposed on Platini remains unaffected by any separate legal considerations. 

“Mr. Platini was suspended for breaching the FIFA Code of Ethics,” a FIFA spokesperson said in a statement provided to Omnisport.

“The decision was upheld by CAS [the Court of Arbitration for Sport], which confirmed the charges but reduced the length of the suspension. 

“It has always been very clear to FIFA and CAS that Mr. Platini had never been the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland. 

“The ingredients of a criminal offence under Swiss law are different from the ingredients of the offences set out by the FIFA Code of ethics. 

“Neither the FIFA Ethics Commission nor the CAS have looked at the question of whether Mr. Platini committed a criminal offence. 

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“The CAS’s finding that Mr. Platini committed several breaches of the Code of Ethics has been confirmed by the Swiss Supreme Court. 

“Moreover, as noted by the CAS itself in the Award confirmed by the Swiss Supreme Court, the standard of proof in sports ethical proceeding is lower than in criminal proceedings.”

Platini’s legal representatives are yet to respond to requests to comment on his remarks.


Chiellini family longing for Liverpool win over ‘unlikeable’ Real Madrid as Champions League bitterness lingers

Giorgio Chiellini’s father has revealed that the Juventus defender and his extended family will be backing Liverpool to overcome “unlikeable” Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Those in Turin suffered quarter-final heartache at the hands of the Blancos this season and are refusing to let the issue lie.

Massimilinao Allegri’s side battled bravely to force their way back into a last-eight encounter only to be undone by the concession of a controversial stoppage-time penalty at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bitterness remains when it comes to that decision and Cristiano Ronaldo’s subsequent spot-kick, with the Chiellinis hoping that Real will now get to experience European pain of their own in Kiev.

Fabio Chiellini told Mediaset Premium: “With the match practically over, a dubious penalty does leave you upset, as you saw from Giorgio’s reaction.

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“I’ll look at the result, but it won’t take my attention.”

He added on a continental clash set to pitch two attack-minded sides into direct competition: “We’re cheering on Liverpool, both Giorgio and me.

“In a way, I guess Real are unlikeable a bit like us at Juventus, because we win all the time. It’s only normal.”

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Juve are currently basking in the glory of another Serie A title triumph, their seventh in succession.

The Bianconeri remain the team to beat in Italy when it comes to domestic competition, but their wait for European glory goes on.

They last conquered the continent in 1996, with Champions League final heartache suffered in two of the last four seasons.


Revealed: Drake’s God’s Plan single to fire up Liverpool ahead of Champions League final

Jordan Henderson is the dressing room DJ charged with firing up Liverpool for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid – and Drake’s 2018 single God’s Plan is set to soundtrack their Kiev clash.

The Reds face a giant task in their hunt for a sixth European crown when they take on reigning champions Madrid in Saturday’s final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

The players will have to be in the right frame of mind if they are to unseat Zinedine Zidane’s side from their throne and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that captain Henderson will pick the right music to hype his team-mates up.

“Hendo is in charge of the music,” the Belgian told the Liverpool Echo .  “The moment we arrive in the dressing room after getting off the coach the physios put the playlist on.

“I don’t get involved but it’s a real mix. Alberto Moreno has his Spanish songs and Roberto Firmino has a couple in Portuguese.

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“We have a certain playlist for just before a game. It’s always the same sequence.”

And the England international’s playlist will be building up to the ultimate motivational track, making Drake’s track ‘God’s Plan’ the prophetic climax.

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“The last song that gets played before we step out on to the pitch is ‘God’s Plan. Then it’s down to business.”

While Drake goes hard on Southside G, Liverpool will be going hard in the NSC.

As Mark Lawrenson said, Champions League glory may be written in Liverpool’s destiny. It might just be God’s Plan.