Salah, Origi strike to give Liverpool Champions League triumph

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (left) fights for the ball with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen during the Champions League final soccer match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019. (AP)

An early goal from Mohamed Salah and a late one from Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s all-English Champions League final as coach Juergen Klopp finally got his hands on Europe's biggest prize.

Egypt striker Salah, who had painful memories of last year’s final defeat by Real Madrid after suffering a shoulder injury, got his side off to a flying start in Madrid by lashing home from the penalty spot after a handball from Moussa Sissoko.

Tottenham kept their heads after a nightmare opening and came to life when semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura came off the bench but, with Harry Kane lacking sharpness after an ankle injury, another miraculous European comeback proved beyond them.

Liverpool did not produce much of their usual whirlwind attacking football but they were more intelligent and powerful than Spurs and sealed a sixth European Cup triumph with an arrowed finish from substitute Origi in the 87th minute.

Liverpool’s attacking full backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson each came close to scoring later in the first half while Tottenham, playing in their first Champions League final, struggled to trouble Juergen Klopp's side’s towering defense.

Tottenham started pressing forward immediately after conceding but could not create any significant scoring opportunity.

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