Liverpool beat Spurs to clinch Champions League glory

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Liverpool beat Spurs to clinch Champions League glory

A quick penalty from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi's second-half strike saw Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday in Madrid. The win in the all-English club affair secured Liverpool's sixth title in the competition, one year after losing the final to Real Madrid. Tottenham had hoped the return of Harry Kane to the starting XI after a seven-week absence would lift them to glory in their first ever Champions League final appearance. Liverpool didn't wait long to strike first as the Reds got off to a dream start at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium with Salah's penalty in the second minute. It was the fastest spot kick awarded in Champions League history when Sadio Mane's cross struck the underside of Moussa Sissoko's arm within the first minute. Egyptian striker Salah, who was forced off in last year's final, smashed the ball down the middle of the goal to open the scoring although Spurs then steadied themselves after their nightmare start. Liverpool's attacking full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson each came close to scoring later in the half while Tottenham, playing in their first Champions League final, struggled to create any chances. Tottenham began the second half much improved but in the end could not break through Liverpool's defence for a score. Origi sealed the win with a 87th minute after Tottenham failed to clear a corner kick, allowing the Joel Matip to pass it to the Belgian for the goal.