Thibaut Courtois produced a match-winning performance as Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League in Paris. Liverpool dominated possession but was thwarted by the Belgian on a number of occasions. Vinicius Junior scored the only goal of the game in the second half when he got on the end of a Fredrico Valverde cross.
Thibaut Courtois – 9
As much of a match-winner for Real Madrid as Vinicius. The brilliant Belgian looked in top form when he followed a sharp early save from Salah with a sublime stop to push a Mane strike onto the post. He picked up the Man of the Match award and the highest of the Real Madrid Player Ratings in the Champions League final.
Dani Carvajal – 8
Always set to be in for a busy night up against Luis Diaz but showed he was relishing the challenge early on and, with Valverde’s support, managed to limit the Liverpool man in the first half.
Eder Militao – 7
A defender who can look vulnerable at times but Militao stepped up when Liverpool put the squeeze on in the second half.
David Alaba – 7
Real Madrid’s main man at the back returned to their defense and, like Militao, came into his own in the second half.
Ferland Mendy – 7
With Salah and Alexander-Arnold attacking down his channel it was no surprise he didn’t make much progress down the left side.
Casemiro – 7
An experienced, wily campaigner used all his know-how to cover for Carvajal when Luis Diaz was charging at the Real defense.
Toni Kroos – 6
Topped the Real Madrid passing stats in the first half, showing he’s as good on the ball as ever, but was sometimes stretched by the Reds’ energetic midfield.
Federico Valverde – 7
Real Madrid’s unsung all-rounder. In attack, he set up the opener when he was allowed to dribble in from the right.
Luka Modric – 7
A quiet first half for the 36-year-old maestro largely spent on the back foot, but a trademark move got Real going for their opener.
Vinicius Junior – 8
Scorer of the opener, tucking in Valverde’s cross at the back post, Vinicius will be the poster-boy of this Real Champions League win.
Karim Benzema – 7
Barely had a look-in during most of the first half with Liverpool bossing possession but came alive with his one-opening.