Bale Super Strike Gives Real Madrid Third Champions League Win
Real Madrid takes home their third straight Champions League trophy.
What you need to know
- Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-1 on Sunday morning
- Welsh star Gareth Bale scores historic overhead goal and long-distance kick
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale scored a jaw-dropping overhead kick and a long-distance strike to give them a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final, delivering a remarkable third consecutive title for the Spaniards.
Substitute Bale, who also scored in Real's 2014 final win over Atletico Madrid, had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he rose to meet Marcelo's cross in the air from outside the box, sending it flying into the net to restore Real's lead in the 64th minute at the NSC Olympic Stadium.
French forward Karim Benzema had put Madrid ahead in the 51st minute by sticking out a leg as Liverpool's German keeper Karius attempted to throw the ball to a teammate, sending it trickling over the line, but Sadio Mane levelled from close range in the 55th for Jurgen Klopp's side.
Bale then sealed Madrid's record-extending 13th European Cup win and piled more misery on Karius with a long-range strike in the 83rd minute which went straight through the hands of the hapless goalkeeper.
Real become the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the trophy three years in a row and Zinedine Zidane is the first coach to win three back-to-back titles.
"What we're living through is impressive; I don't really have the words," Zidane said. "I told the players to enjoy this moment - they'll never experience anything like it again."
Liverpool's talismanic forward Mohamed Salah was forced off in the first half with a suspected dislocated shoulder after tangling with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, while Real defender Dani Carvajal also left the pitch in tears after getting injured before halftime.
"We know what we have achieved and how good we have been," said Bale. "The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League. It turns out to be a great season."
But Klopp's wait for European glory continues following a third defeat in a continental final.