Real Madrid vs. Liverpool – All you need to know for the Champions League final

2 May 2018

Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League final with a 7-6 aggregate win over Roma, and will now take on Real Madrid in Kiev.


The Reds pushed through to the European showcase by virtue of an excellent first-leg display at Anfield and two priceless away goals in Italy on Wednesday night.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum struck at Stadio Olimpico, with James Milner‘s own goal, Edin Dzeko’s close-range strike and a late Radja Nainggolan double making for a worrying end.

But as the final whistle blew in Rome the travelling Kop erupted, and though there is still a top-four battle to focus on in the Premier League, Liverpool can now dream of a sixth European Cup.

Here’s all you need to know for this month’s Champions League final.

When?

The final will take place on Saturday, May 26, kicking off at 7.45pm (BST).

KIEV, UKRAINE - Easter Monday, March 28, 2016: A general view of Ukraine's Olimpiyskiy Stadium before the International Friendly match against Wales. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Where?

The Reds meet Real at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. The stadium was opened in 1923 and currently holds 70,050 but will have a reduced capacity of 63,000 for the final.

It previously played host to England’s clashes with Sweden and Italy at Euro 2012.

Who?

Real made it to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich.

They won 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in the first leg through goals from Marcelo and Marcos Asensio, before drawing 2-2 at the Bernabeu, with Karim Benzema scoring both goals.

European Cup Final History

Liverpool famously beat Real in the European Cup final in Paris in 1981, with Alan Kennedy scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for Bob Paisley’s side.

The Reds have now won five European Cups, and can now set their sights on a sixth in Kiev.

Kits

Both teams will be in their traditional colours; Liverpool will be in red, Real in white.

Tickets

Liverpool have been allocated just 16,626 from UEFA.

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