Liverpool fans were left devastated last night as two horrendous goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius gifted Real Madrid a 3-1 victory.
In the first half, Liverpool’s talisman striker Mohammed Salah went off injured after 30 minutes following a challenge by Madrid’s skipper Sergio Ramos, was replaced by England’s Adam Lallana.
Several minutes after Salah left the field, Real Madrid had the ball in the back of the net, but luckily for Liverpool, the linesman flagged it offside.
Karius gifted Madrid their first goal after throwing the ball directly into the path of Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Sadio Mane equalised four minutes later, but Gareth Bale restored the Madrid lead with a spectacular overhead kick, with little over half an hour remaining.
With five minutes left on the clock, Karius made a second blunder, this time from Bale, by palming the Welsh wizard’s long range shot into the back of his own net.
Liverpool fans were additionally disappointed by the failure of the referee to show Ramos a yellow card.
Before he went off injured, Liverpool had nine shots at the Real Madrid goal. After his substitution, Liverpool did not have another shot at goal for the remainder of the first half which remains 0-0.
Liverpool fans outnumbered Real Madrid’s following in the 63,000-capacity crowd.
Both teams’ fan anthems were played before kickoff and the red scarves of Liverpool fans peppered one corner of the end occupied by Madrid supporters during ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
The game kicked off with Liverpool fans’ current Champions League song, ‘Allez, Allez, Allez,’ booming around the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
Both teams were allocated more than 16,000 tickets for the game.
But Liverpool fans appeared to secure additional tickets from other sources.