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Champions League | Liverpool beat Spurs to win sixth European Cup

Liverpool have beaten Spurs 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid to win their sixth European Cup.

The Reds took the lead in just the second minute through a Mohamed Salah penalty, with substitute Divock Origi adding a second late on to put the final beyond doubt.

It was a scrappy game low on quality throughout, but it was Liverpool who made the dream start at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

After just 22 seconds, Sadio Mané's cross hit Moussa Sissoko on the chest before striking the Spurs midfielder on the arm, with referee Damir Skomina barely hesitating before pointing to the spot.

Salah - forced off through injury in last year's final - placed his penalty just over the hands of the diving Hugo Lloris.

The Reds failed to kick on despite their early advantage, and both teams struggled to produce lengthy passages of play in a stop-start opening half.

Harry Kane started for Spurs, but cut a frustrated figure for most of the game up against the centre back pairing of Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk.

Mauricio Pochettino's men bossed possession, but created very few chances of note.

Trent Alexander-Arnold - who became the youngest ever player to start successive Champions League finals - flashed a low drive wide for Jurgen Klopp's men, and Andy Robertson's powerful effort from distance was pushed over the bar by Lloris.

Liverpool replaced the ineffective duo of Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum in the second half, with Divock Origi and James Milner entering the fray in sweltering conditions.

Milner had a chance to double the Reds' lead, but pulled his left-footed strike wide after being teed up by Salah in the box.

Dele Alli's attempted lob marked Spurs' first attempt on target in the 73rd minute, but the excellent Alisson was forced into two important saves shortly afterwards.

Heung-Min Son forced the Brazilian international into a fine diving save, with substitute Lucas Moura striking the rebound straight at the 'keeper.

Liverpool did get a crucial second in the 87th minute, with Origi firing an excellent low finish into the far corner after being teed up by Matip in the box following a corner.

The Reds held out to win their sixth European title, and their first trophy under Klopp.

Skipper Jordan Henderson lifted the coveted trophy to become the first Englishman to do so since Frank Lampard in 2012.

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