Champions League 2022 Final Prediction: Tonight is the biggest night of the club football competition as it’s the night of the Champions League Final! The grandest stage of them all and the 2 teams reaching this precious stage are Real Madrid and Liverpool. Let’s look at the journey of these 2 clubs in UEFA Champions League 2022.

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GROUP STAGE

Liverpool was in group B along with Atletico Madrid, Porto, and AC Milan and Liverpool were at the top of the table winning all 6 of the matches played whereas, on the other hand, Real Madrid was placed in Group D along with Inter Milan, Sheriff, and Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid won 5 of the 6 games played losing their only game against Sheriff by 2-1 at Santiago Bernabeu.

Round of 16

Liverpool played the first leg of R16 against Inter Milan winning at San Siro by 2-0 and losing the 2nd leg at Anfield by 1-0 and further progressed to R8 with the 2-1 aggregate win over Milan while on the other hand, Real Madrid played against PSG and lost the first leg by 1-0 at Stade de France, Paris but made an unbelievable comeback in the 2nd half of the 2nd league and registered a win over PSG by 3-2 aggregate all thanks to Benzema hat trick.

Round of 8

Liverpool was drawn up against Benfica in the R8 of the UCL winning the first leg by 3-1 at Estadio da Luz and drawing the other leg at Anfield by 3-3 and further progressed to the semi-finals of UCL 2022 with an aggregate of 6-4 while Real Madrid was drawn up against Chelsea in the R8 winning their first leg at Stamford Bridge by 3-1 again thanks to Karim Benzema’s hat trick and in the 2nd leg at Santiago Bernabeu Chelsea won by 3-2 but a 96th minute Karim Benzema goal put Madrid on a lead on aggregate by 5-4.

Semi-Finals

Liverpool was set to play against Villareal, who reached the semi-finals of UCL by eliminating Bayern Munich in the R8 Liverpool won the first leg at Anfield comfortably by 2-0 but in the first half of the second leg Villareal was 2-0, and 2-2 on aggregate but Liverpool comeback in the 2nd half thrashed Villareal at their home by 3-2 and Liverpool advanced to the finals of the Champions League 2022 on an aggregate of 5-2 while on the other hand, Real Madrid played against Man City losing their first leg at Etihad Stadium by 4-3 and were about to lose at Santiago Bernabeu by 1-0 as well but Madrid made a comeback out of nowhere as Rodrygo scored 2 goals in 2 mins to put Madrid 5-5 on aggregate and the penalty in the extra time was scored by Karim Benzema which lead Real Madrid to UCL final 2022.

Gareth Bale scored against Liverpool in the finals of the 2018 finals

The history between Real Madrid and Liverpool

Liverpool and Real Madrid faced each other off in Paris in the 1981 finals of the UEFA Champions League and Liverpool won that encounter by 1-0 and won the glory. After 28 years in the 2008-09 season, both teams faced each other in the Quater Finals, Liverpool won the first leg by 4-0 at Anfield, and in the 2nd leg, Liverpool won by 1-0 and got promoted to the next round on an aggregate on 5-0. Now coming to the 2014-15 season, both teams were in Group B, and in the first match at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid won by 1-0 and in the 2nd leg at Anfield Real Madrid won by 3-0. The final of the 2018-19 Champions League final was the last time these 2 teams meet in the UCL final and Mohammed Salah got injured and unfortunately got substituted in the first half. Real Madrid scored the opening goal and it was Karim Benzema which was later equalized by Sadio Mane through a corner. Gareth Bale’s overhead bicycle kick again took Madrid into the lead by 2-1 and then went on to score a brace and Real Madrid won their 3rd consecutive Champions League by 3-1. Last season, these 2 teams met in Quarterfinals, Real Madrid won at their home by 3-1 and the 2nd leg was drawn by 0-0 and Real Madrid reach the semi-finals on an aggregate of 3-1.

Let’s see who will clinch the glory tonight? Will it be Klopp’s Liverpool or Ancelotti’s Real Madrid? We will find this out tonight!

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By Abhishek Pandey

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