Liverpool and Real Madrid, two of the most successful sides in European Cup history, meet in the final for the third time as the 2021/22 Uefa Champions League comes to a conclusion at Stade de France.
The most recent of the teams’ two finals came at Kyiv’s NSC Olimpiyski on 26 May 2018, Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid becoming the first club to win three successive European Cups twice with a 3-1 victory against a Liverpool side managed, as now, by Jurgen Klopp. Karim Benzema‘s 51st-minute opener was cancelled out within four minutes by Sadio Mané, but two goals from substitute Gareth Bale (64, 83) – including a stunning overhead effort – took the trophy to Madrid again.
Paisley’s Liverpool beat Madrid, coached by Vujadin Boškov, 1-0 in the 1981 European Cup final at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Alan Kennedy scoring the only goal nine minutes from time.
The clubs last crossed paths in the 2020/21 quarterfinals, Madrid winning 3-1 in the home first leg and progressing by the same aggregate score after a goalless draw at Anfield. Vinícius Júnior scored twice at the Santiago Bernabéu (27, 65) either side of Marco Asensio‘s 36th-minute strike; Salah’s 51st-minute reply was all Liverpool could muster.
The teams were paired in the 2014/15 group stage, Madrid winning both games with Benzema scoring twice in the first, a 3-0 away win. The Frenchman also got the only goal as Madrid won 1-0 in Spain two weeks later.
Liverpool beat Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the 2008/09 round of 16. Rafael Benítez‘s Reds won the first leg 1-0 in Spain before completing a comfortable aggregate victory with a 4-0 success back on Merseyside – Madrid’s biggest Uefa Champions League defeat.
Madrid have four wins to Liverpool’s three in the sides’ eight meetings, all in the European Cup. Madrid have scored ten goals, two more than their English opponents.
Liverpool are aiming to win their seventh European Cup, and register a third Uefa Champions League triumph, Madrid have claimed the trophy 13 times including seven in the Uefa Champions League era – both competition records.
Madrid have never lost a Uefa Champions League final. This is their eighth appearance in the fixture – a new record, surpassing the seven of AC Milan and Juventus.