In a match that opened in thrilling fashion before settling down for the long haul, Liverpool ended up topping Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to capture the 2019 Champions League title.

It’s Liverpool’s sixth, and their first since 2005.

The final opened with a shock, Tottenham conceding a penalty for a handball after less than thirty seconds of play:

Mo Salah converted for a 1-0 lead:

That early goal perhaps robbed the game of some drama. Tottenham seemed surprised, whatever plan they’d had seemingly disappearing thanks to a combination of surprise and Liverpool understandably sitting back with the lead.

After a streaker briefly interrupted proceedings, and after American viewers were treated to different announcers for the second half thanks to a broadcast feed switch, Tottenham picked up the pace a bit throughout the second half, threatening a few times.

Then, though, a failed clearance saw the ball fall to Divock Origi in the box, and he put things away for good.

That ended up being the end of the scoring, as Liverpool easily held on for the title.

Liverpool came up just one point short of Manchester City in the Premier League race, while delivering inspiring comebacks en route to today’s title. They also avenged last year’s loss 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2018 final.

Today’s game may have fallen a bit short of fireworks, but at least we got a deserving champion.

 

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.