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Madrid stars led team secure their third successive CL trophy: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

Real Madrid secured their third successive Champions League trophy – the club’s 13th of its history and fourth in the last five years – on Saturday evening after a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev.

Despite an event-filled opening 45 minutes, in which the Reds lost Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury and Los Blancos Dani Carvajal through a suspected hamstring problem, the game needed the second half to burst into life, and unfortunately for

Karius not only shouldn’t play for Liverpool again, he should never be allowed to play football again.

— –  (@AnfieldRd96) May 26, 2018


Astonishing from Bale #UCLfinal

An ear-splitting Liverpool entourage greeted their heroes in red as they entered onto the turf of the Olympic Stadium

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The moment all Liverpool fans were dreading. Heartbreak for Mo Salah, a sad end to the #ChampionsLeagueFinal for one of the stars of the season.

Samuel Luckhurst

Benzema was brilliant to watch throughout that half.

Joe Owens

#RealLiverpool #ChampionsLeagueFinal HT 0-0: An action-packed opening 45, despite no score. Salah’s departure through injury has certainly swung the balance of play in Real’s favour, yet Liverpool remain strong – although Ronaldo’s chance before the break is a warning sign.


10 – Liverpool are the first team in history to see three players score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mané 10). Trio. #RMALIV

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Our starting XI for the final! #APorLa13 | #HalaMadrid

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Tonight’s #UCLfinal line-up… #WeAreLiverpool


Future absurd for Real Madrid stars after UCL win 2018

Straight after a third successive Champions League title was secured, Cristiano Ronaldo was talking about Real Madrid in the past tense.

Real’s biggest star hinted he was unsure he’d stay with the club. Their best player in the Champions League final, Gareth Bale, looks more likely to be departing.

“In the next few days I’ll give the fans an answer because they are the ones who have always been by my side,” Ronaldo said. “It was very beautiful to be with Madrid.”

Keeping up the cryptic tone, he added: “The future of any player is not important. We made history.”

  • Calamity Karius apologies for errors

* Salah’s World Cup in doubt

After soaring to score a magnificent bicycle kick for Madrid’s second goal, Bale brought his fans back down to earth with his announcement that he’ll discuss his future with his agent in coming weeks.

The Welshman was a substitute in four of seven Champions League games this season, including his super-sub display in the final in Kiev.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane responded very differently to the two players’ comments.

On Ronaldo, Zidane was clear: “He will stay with us at Real Madrid,” and predicted the Portuguese star’s tone would soon change. “Perhaps in three or four days’ time he might say something else.”

On Bale, Zidane was circumspect.

“It’s a little bit of a complicated situation but everyone has their own interests, their own future to think about,” he said. “It’s true some players deserve more playing time on the pitch but this is a decision that has to be made by the manager.”

Where Bale could go is less clear.

Tottenham is widely reported to have a buy-back option as part of Bale’s 2013 transfer to Real, but seems highly unlikely to be able to afford his wage bill. Other destinations are unclear, though Manchester United has been reported in British media as a possible destination.

If he goes back to England this summer, Bale would leave Madrid with a curiously lopsided record of four Champions League titles yet only one in La Liga.

Ronaldo has the same number of Champions League wins and two Spanish titles but his performances have been era-defining in a way Bale’s are not.

Even more so than the Welsh player, Ronaldo’s future is likely to be determined by the very small number of clubs capable of affording his demands – supposing he actually wants to leave Madrid – and the 33-year-old has never indicated any desire to take a pay cut for the sake of pastures new.

Both would leave Madrid with a rich store of memories. Bale has his moments of genius like Saturday’s goal, but is increasingly a super-sub, a player who falls short of the crushingly consistent brilliance of Ronaldo.

Real Madrid’s to face setback after losing huge €400million in transfer plans


La Liga giants are reportedly looking to bring in Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar

Real Madrid’s summer transfer plans may have suffered a serious setback after a €400million Santiago Bernabeu naming rights deal has fallen through.La Liga giants were last week granted a license to redevelop their home with Los Blancos chiefs keen to build a state of the art retractable roof. However, Spanish publication El Economista has reported that the €400m first agreed with Cepsa (a Spanish oil and gas company) in 2014 has been pulled. Apparently, the offer has been withdrawn because Mubadala, the majority shareholders of Cepsa, think the stadium project has not met its time frame and has been downscaled.

 Alexis Sanchez’s stunning move to Manchester United has also slammed the door on any potential return to Old Trafford for the Portuguese goal machine.But The Sun understands Ronaldo, 32, would be open to moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer.Ronaldo has failed to fire on all cylinders this season, with Real Madrid trailing Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga.The five-time Ballon d’Or-winner is also annoyed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told him cannot have a pay rise which he was promised after winning the 2017 Champions League.

Real Madrid's transfer plans suffer setback after losing huge €400million Santiago Bernabeu naming rights deal

Neymar’s proposed move to Real Madrid has been backed by Javier Tebas, with the Liga president eager to see the former Barcelona star back in Spain. Less than six months on from a record-breaking €222 million move from Camp Nou to Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil international is already being linked with another big-money transfer, with Santiago Bernabeu considered to be his most likely destination.

Karim Benzema has rejected two offers to leave Real Madrid, Don Balon reports.Florentino Perez is eager to shake up his squad, with the entire forward line marked for replacement as the president looks to get the Spanish capital side back in form.Benzema’s refusal to move on, however, coupled with the difficulty of trying to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, has left the 70-year-old in a difficult position

Pakistan beating up rivals India concieved the title of last champions trophy in Cricket history

Pakistan convincingly claimed the champions trophy title 2017 as it was the last Champions Trophy tournament of one-day international (50 over) in the cricket world. That means no more champions trophy in 50 over format onwards it will be in 20 overs.

The unpredictable with no first class cricket structure of no CRICKET at home in past decade with the rank of 8th in ICC Ranking, with 7 new players playing in ICC event for the first time. Yes, they have made it and gave the best gift to their nation on Fathers day and Eid gift too.

Arch-rivals facing off in world tournament finals is rare in cricket. India and Pakistan, the 2017 Champions Trophy finalists, have played each other in only two big finals – the 2007 World T20 and the World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Australia has faced rivals England in two global tournament finals over the years. Ahead of Sunday’s India-Pakistan clash, we look at other rivals facing off in major tournament finals across sports.


Biggest white ball clash is all set between two rivals. Read the best part

It looked improbable when things began but as the weeks have gone by, Pakistan has emerged as 50-50 contenders for the ICC Champions Trophy title. When things began, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side was a bleak unit with a horrid show to present themselves to the world in the tournament that has the top-eight ranked teams in the world. In effect, their showing against India was anything but that of a champion. And yet, two weeks later, they are in contention for the trophy and have gone from dark horses for some to title challengers and with good reason.

                              Champions Trophy Pakistan matches result

Pakistan vs India: Lost by 124 runs (D/L method)

Pakistan vs South Africa: Pakistan won by 19 runs (D/L method)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Pakistan win by 3 wickets

Pakistan vs England: Pakistan won by 8 wickets

This would undoubtedly be Pakistan’s most comprehensive and convincing win of the tournament and example that one can only take the 1992 World Cup winners lightly on their own peril. They’ve long carried the unpredictable tag and that’s what makes them dangerous – something England found out in Cardiff. Pakistan won the toss and put England in to bat and the Eoin Morgan-led side suffered a terrible middle order collapse that shaped things up beautifully in favour of the Pakistan. Once again, Hasan Ali emerged as the hero for Pakistan with another three-wicket haul. In reply, there were no dramatics this time from the Pakistan batting with Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman building the foundation which Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez added upon to get the win.

A must win match,Unpredictable’s through to the semis in their traditional style.

Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir put on a record eighth-wicket stand of 75 to take their team through to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy at the expense of Sri Lanka.

Sarfraz Ahmed produced a superb captain’s innings following a top-order collapse to see Pakistan into the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday

Sarfraz was dropped twice in the closing stages from the bowling of Lasith Malinga but rode his luck to finish unbeaten on 61 from 79 balls, having found a reliable partner in Amir (28o from 43) as the Pakistanis reached their target of 237 with 31 balls and three wickets to spare.

Not a convincing win though, still makes them through to semi’s with the best 8th wicket partnership among Sarfaraz and M Aamir

But Sarfraz and Amir’s rescue act turned the tide in a thrilling contest, the pair picking singles amid some hazardous running and finding the rope at crucial intervals to see their team home.

Pakistan began the run chase favorites after earlier restricting Sri Lanka to 236 all out.

Opening batsman Niroshan Dickwella made a fine 73 as Sri Lanka’s innings showed early promise, but the Pakistanis came roaring back into the contest thanks to some fine bowling from Hasan Ali (3-42), Junaid Khan (3-40) and Mohammad Amir (2-53).

Sarfraz won the toss and Junaid got the early breakthrough, removing Danushka Gunathilaka for 13 before Kusal Mendis (27) and Dinesh Chandimal (0) fell in quick succession.

Dickwella, who had earlier signaled his attacking intentions with a stunning scoop shot for four, teamed up with captain Angelo Mathews (39) and for a while, it looked as if the Sri Lankans were on track for a sizeable total.

Sri Lanka had looked almost certain to progress when Pakistan’s middle-order fell to 7-162 following a blazing start from Fakhar Zaman (50 from 36), with the middle-order trio of Babar Azam (10), Mohammad Hafeez (1) and Shoaib Malik (11) all failing to make an impact on proceedings.

And when Imad Wasim was out for four and debutant Fahim Ashraf (15) was run-out after being slow to react at the non-striker’s end, Pakistan looked like producing one of their famous implosions.

At 3-161 in the 32nd over, Amir knocked over Mathews to claim his first wicket of the tournament and trigger a dramatic collapse of four wickets for just six runs.

Amir took a second while Junaid took two more as the pace pair followed Hasan’s lead, extracting movement from the pitch and through the air in an impressive display of fast bowling.

Asela Gunaratne (27) and Suranga Lakmal (26) put on 46 for the eighth wicket to help Sri Lanka post what was, in the end, a moderate total, but the island nation will need an outstanding bowling effort if they’re to progress through to the semi-finals.

Worst day for Kohli on/off the field.

India suffered an upset loss to Sri Lanka when the Men from the Emerald Isles won by 7 wickets at the Oval on Thursday. The loss means India will now play South Africa on Sunday in what is a virtual quarter-final. Virat Kohli and his boys must win against the No.1 ranked ODI team if they wish to progress to the semi-finals of the showpiece event. While India did manage to score 321 while batting, the bowlers failed to defend that and the Lankans chased down the total in the 49th over with skipper Angelo Mathews leading from the front.

Here is Cricketnext’s report card as we analysis the performance of every player from Thursday’s game

Here is Cricketnext’s report card as we analysis the performance of every player from Thursday’s game.

Rohit Sharma: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good

Rohit Sharma continued his fine form, with another blistering knock of 78 from just 79 balls. He upped his strike rate as well, scoring at 98.73 as compared to 76.47 against Pakistan. Rohit was also responsible for providing the platform with Shikhar Dhawan, as the duo recorded a 138-run opening partnership. While he was a bit slow to start off, he was in fine flow once he got into the groove. His form after the injury break augurs well for Indian cricket.

Shikhar Dhawan: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent

Shikhar Dhawan’s love affair with the Champions Trophy continued as he recorded his 10th ODI Hundred. Dhawan looked fluent in his knock of 125, and hardly gave the opposition any opportunity. He combined with Rohit, and then later with MS Dhoni to help India post a big total. His stroke making was perfect, and he wasn’t overly bothered by the fast bowling, though he will face a much sterner test against South Africa. Most importantly, Dhawan looked in fine flow from the word go and there was no stutter to begin with. The openers will look to continue their fine form going ahead in the tournament.

Virat Kohli: Rating 0: Verdict: Very Poor

Virat Kohli had one of his worst days on the field, as everything he tried failed. Kohli was dismissed for a duck, on a ball bowled outside off stump which again exposed his earlier weakness on English pitches. After that, his captaincy too failed to inspire and Kohli seemed a bit overconfident as he declared during the toss that team will be looking to make changes in the next game, showing the focus might well have shifted before the game was over.

Yuvraj Singh: Rating 6: Verdict: Average

Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for just 7 runs, but he was a bit unlucky too as he chopped Gunaratne’s ball onto his stumps. He didn’t get to bowl, and that was his only contribution to the game.

MS Dhoni: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good

MS Dhoni didn’t get a chance to bat in the first match, with Hardik Pandya being promoted ahead of him. But Dhoni showed why he remains one of the greatest finishers in the game as he smashed 63 off just 52 balls to help India get past 300. He was also involved in one run out, whipping off the bails smartly to dismiss Gunathilika.

Hardik Pandya: Rating 4: Verdict: Poor

Hardik Pandya scored 9 off 5 balls, but that is not the reason for his poor rating. It was his shabby bowling, conceding 51 runs from 7 overs which was one of the main reasons for India’s loss. Pandya is expected to fill the role of the fifth bowler, but for that he will have to improve his bowling. Kohli had to bowl himself and Jadhav to compensate for Pandya’s poor bowling.

Kedar Jadhav: Rating 7: Verdict: Good

Jadhav perfectly executed what was expected from him, as he scored 25 runs from 13 balls and took over from where Dhoni had left. He smashed two fours and a six, taking 15 runs from the last over to help India reach 320. He also had to cover up for Jadeja’s poor bowling, and bowled three overs, conceding 18 runs. The only reason he loses out a bit is his poor fielding, which he will have to work on if he has to maintain his spot in the team.

Ravindra Jadeja: Rating 4: Verdict: Poor

Jadeja didn’t get to face any ball, but his bowling let the team down. Jadeja is known for bowling dot balls, and building pressure. He conceded 52 runs from 6 overs, at an economy of almost 9. He has been preferred as the spinner in the team ahead of Ashwin, and he should repay the captain’s faith by bowling a lot better than this, otherwise his place in the team might come under scrutiny.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: Rating 6: Verdict Average

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was the only wicket-taker in the Indian bowling line-up, but he would have been hoping for more returns, especially with the new ball. At the death, he bowled his yorkers, but again failed to get a wicket. He bowled 30 dot balls – the maximum by any Indian bowler.

Jasprit Bumrah: Rating 5: Verdict: Poor
Bumrah continued his wicket-less run in the Champions Trophy, conceding 52 runs in 10 overs. He will be feeling the heat, with Mohammad Shami warming the benches despite being in form. Bumrah’s wicket-taking ability and death bowling makes him deadly, but he hasn’t shown any of those killer instincts in the two games so far.

Umesh Yadav: Rating 4: Verdict: Poor

Umesh Yadav had an off day, and it showed in his figures. He conceded 67 runs in 9.4 overs. His line and length was off, and he was easily put away by Sri Lankans. In fact, Gunaratne sweeped him for a six which would have hurt his ego more than anything. Umesh will be hoping to bounce back in the next game against South Africa