Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the final of the European Cup in 1981 and the winning goal was scored by Barney Rubble. The left back also known as Alan Kennedy still dines out on clinching Liverpool’s third title as the champions of Europe. They won it again in 1984 and the Miracle of Istanbul made it five and Liverpool are now well placed to progress to this year’s Champions League final in Moscow where Real Madrid are the most likely opponents. Real have won the Champions League three times in the last four years and have won 12 titles in total.
Roma and Bayern Munich could still have a say but have their backs are against the wall after the first legs. Roma were five down and out against Liverpool at Anfield but two late away goals have given the Italian side a glimmer of hope. They overturned a three goal deficit against Barcelona in the previous round in Rome so a precedent has been set. However, you would fancy Liverpool to score which means Roma would need five goals to win the tie.
Roma controlled the first 20 minutes at Liverpool on Tuesday but after that they were soundly beaten. They played a ridiculously high line and Liverpool passed the ball over the defenders. It was brilliant and effective football and Mo Salah was superb. However, when he was replaced Liverpool lost momentum and Roma took two chances. Liverpool are still big favourites to win the tie but a early goal and Roma are back in business but lightening is unlikely to strike twice. Real Madrid are at the top of the list of multiple winners of the European Cup and/or Champions League. They are one of the richest clubs in the world who can attract the best players by paying the highest wagers. Real have not been convincing at various stages of the Champions League but they are on the verge of making another final. The Spanish side beat Bayern Munich in the first leg in Germany and are now big favourites to complete the job at home. Bayern were the better team for long periods especially in the first half. They created several excellent chances but couldn’t score a decisive second goal. Madrid scored out of the blue just before half time and then took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the match winner in the second half. The Munich outfit missed chances to draw level but Real secured a crucial away win and scored two away goals. They achieved the result without a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and he had not failed to score in 10 previous Champions League matches this season. The first leg scores mean a Liverpool and Real Madrid final is the most likely outcome and the two clubs have history. Apart from the 1981 final Liverpool have met Real Madrid twice in the Champions League since 2009 and both sides have won one tie. The most recent encounters were in the 2014/15 competition and Real Madrid won both legs. The current Liverpool side is a different animal and Salah can score against any side. His influence means Liverpool are on track to become the champions of Europe for the sixth time.