Fans eviscerate Sergio Ramos for controversial tackle on Mohamed Salah

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos celebrate their win over Atletico. Reuters

Real Madrid has beaten Liverpool 3-1 to win its third straight Champions League final and record-extending 13th European title overall.

Having lost Salah - scorer of 44 goals this season - to a suspected dislocated shoulder in the first half, Liverpool lacked the firepower to find a way past the aristocrats of European football.

Three minutes into the second-half Isco struck the crossbar when he should have scored but the breakthrough came in the 51st minute in unfortunate circumstances for Liverpool goalkeeper Karius.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool FC at the NSC Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev.

"I can see that he is feeling very good, he'll be at 150 percent although if he is 149 percent that's ok", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said of his talisman on Friday.

But if Liverpool are to have ambitions about challenging for major honours and winning them, they can not expect to do so with an average goalkeeper, and that is what they have right now.

Mohamed Salah left the field in Kiev in tears in the first half and most of the soccer world was crying with him.

James Milner returns to the team after missing out on the final Premier League game of the season with a muscle problem.

Salah was substituted in the 29th minute after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder following an earlier duel with Sergio Ramos. Its first game in Russian Federation is on June 15 against Uruguay.

"We are Liverpool", Klopp told reporters. Indeed they were level just four minutes later, Dejan Lovren's towering header from a corner poked in by Sadio Mané at the back post.

Mane's pace gives Liverpool the ability to trouble any team, but the real blow caused by Salah's injury was that to Liverpool's self-belief. Even though they struggled in La Liga this season, Real turned it on when it mattered time and time again in the Champions League.

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