hibaut Courtois staged a masterclass in goal as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Here’s how James Robson assessed those on display…
Thibaut Courtois 9
One of the best performances ever in the Champions League final. Two stunning early saves denied Salah and Mane when Liverpool were on top. Then prevented Jota and Salah from equalizing late.
Dani Carvajal 9
He was absolutely everywhere. So much energy, so strong in the tackles and so aggressive in his forward runs.
Eder Militao 8
Close the gaps well and also try to get Real up the pitch with their runs from behind. A second-half interception denied an almost certain goal.
David Alaba 7
So often in the right position. A rocky start as Liverpool flew out of the traps but took control afterwards.
Ferland Mendy 7
Given a hard time by Alexander-Arnold at first. Did well to stay with him and gained influence.
Passes let him down in the first half, but he was in the right place back then on so many occasions to stifle danger.
Luka Modric 8
Pure class. He is ageless and his control of the ball in a tight area of his own half proved Vinicius’ goal platform.
Toni Kroos 8
The use of the ball was not what we expected, but its positioning was important in giving Real a reprieve in moments of pressure.
Federico Valverde 9
He never stopped working his flank, getting back into cover and then rushing into spring attacks. His cross provided the winner of Vinicius.
Vinicius Junior 8
Youngest player to score in Champions League final since Lionel Messi. He was the big threat to Liverpool and it was clear how much they distrusted his pace, which he used to explode and score the winner.
Karim Benzema 8
Quietly efficient performance. He was the architect of that Champions League triumph, but on that occasion he selflessly dropped himself to knit the game.
- Eduardo Camavinga (Valverde, 85)
- Dani Ceballos (Modric, 90)
- Rodrygo (Vinicius, 90+3)
Subs: Lunin, Nacho, Hazard, Asensio, Marcelo, Lucas, Bale, Isco, Mariano