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Summary

  1. Anthony Joshua loses his world heavyweight titles after being stopped by unfancied Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr.
  2. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the final
  3. Early Salah penalty and Origi strike
  4. Liverpool’s sixth European title
  5. Tottenham without a trophy in 11 years
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Live Reporting

By Denise Evans

All times stated are UK

  1. Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    The game may not have touched the heights but this was a night forJurgen Kloppand his players to produce, to finally get over the line.

    As the vast red wave of Liverpool supporters inside the magnificent Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and the thousands who went in search of television screens in the city knew, there was a lot on the line here.

    Klopp knew he had to lay hands on silverware, not to cement his reputation, but simply because eventually all outstanding work must be backed up with tangible success – something he has now done in spectacular fashion by lifting European football’s most prestigious trophy.

    Liverpool’s players knew they needed this victory, not simply as redemption for Kiev but to have something to show for a brilliant season in which they lost only one league game but still finished second behind Manchester City in the title race.

    Jurgen Klopp

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    Andrew Ogley:UEFA’s idea to hold the Champions League final three weeks after the end of the season is ridiculous. Any later and could have been considered a pre-season game.

    SMS Message: I was so nervous before the game, losing another final would have been utterly heartbreaking, especially after the season we’ve had. But we like so many games this season we dug in when not being at our best. This is one superb team, can play many different ways and to see Henderson lift the cup above his head was vindication of the faith Klopp has shown in him whilst so many doubted him from Paul, Luton

    I was so nervous before the game, losing another final would have been utterly heartbreaking, especially after the season we’ve had. But we like so many games this season we dug in when not being at our best. This is one superb team, can play many different ways and to see Henderson lift the cup above his head was vindication of the faith Klopp has shown in him whilst so many doubted him

  3. When an emoji says it all

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

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  4. ‘I’d be surprised if Ruiz doesn’t beat him again’ – Warren

    Anthony Joshua beaten by Ruiz at the MSG

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Speaking to Sportsweek, promoterFrank Warrensaid he firmly believes it was no fluke.

    “There’ll be a rematch clause and, from what’s been said, it looks like they’ll do it in the UK some time in October or November and AJ will go on a charm offensive when he gets back.

    “Where he’s been very corporate and inaccessible to the public, suddenly you’ll find that he’s a very accessible person and they’ll try to do a repackaging job. But the problem they’ve got is once he gets in the ring and that bell goes, that chin of his is exposed and I’ve got to be honest, I would be very surprised if the outcome is any different.”

    Ruiz Jr

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  5. ‘His defence is pretty awful’

    Anthony Joshua beaten by Ruiz at the MSG

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Tyson Fury’s promoterFrank Warrenhas also been a guest on Sportsweek, talking about Anthony Joshua’s defeat.

    “He was certainly exposed, but I was surprised that it was Ruiz that did it. He’s easy to hit, his defence is pretty awful and it hasn’t improved since he turned professional.

    “He’s wobbled in his last four or five fights, he’s been caught, and this guy, who’s got fast hands, totally exposed.”

  6. The Drake curse

    Anthony Joshua beaten by Ruiz at the MSG

    This tweet did NOT age well…

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    SMS Message: Sad to see Joshua lose but he clearly wasn’t as hungry as Ruiz (no pun intended!). If he can regroup and get that determination back he’ll be Champ again. from Colin, Chester

    Sad to see Joshua lose but he clearly wasn’t as hungry as Ruiz (no pun intended!). If he can regroup and get that determination back he’ll be Champ again.

  8. ‘I believed we’d hold onto the lead’

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Liverpool defenderAndy Robertsonadded on Sportsweek: “The early goal meant we had a lead to protect, and we’ve been very good at keeping clean sheets this season.

    “But it also meant we probably didn’t play as well as we should have in the first half. We sat back a wee bit more and were more cautious. We didn’t play the football we wanted to play, what we’ve been renowned for this season. But I certainly believed we’d hold onto the lead, and that’s what we ended up doing.”

  9. ‘It was no classic – but we don’t care’

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    More from Liverpool defenderAndy Robertsonon Sportsweek: “Three weeks is a long time waiting for a game. Lads maybe lose a wee bit of match sharpness, the heat played a part too, but we don’t care about that, it was all about getting our hands on the trophy.

    “I know from a neutral’s point of view it wasn’t the best of finals and probably won’t be remembered, but for everyone involved with Liverpool it’ll be remembered for a long time.”

    Andy Robertson and Jurgen Klopp

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  10. ‘We’ve got that know-how from winning a trophy now’

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    And finally from Liverpool defenderAndy Robertson,who hasn’t been to bed yet, on Sportsweek in the early hours: “It’s our first trophy under this manager, I think only Jordan Henderson was involved in the League Cup win in 2012, so now we want to kick on. We want to be a team that can compete and win trophies. We can keep doing that.

    “We’re a young squad and going into next season we now have that confidence and know-how of how to win a trophy. That’s what we have to take into next season and hopefully we can get our hands on another trophy.”

    Andy Robertson

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  11. Post update

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Liverpool defenderAndy Robertsonhas just been speaking on Sportsweek from the team hotel: “It’s incredible. It’s what the lads deserved with all the work they’ve put in this season.

    “We fell short in the Premier League so it’s nice to top it off with a trophy, and it gets no bigger than the Champions League.”

    Andy Robertson

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  12. ‘I want to experience a final again’ – Pochettino

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham managerMauricio Pochettinoreflected on his side’s final loss to Liverpool.

    “You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup,” he said.

    “It’s about trying, believing and building the journey so it happens again as soon as possible.

    “I feel very proud about their effort, how we fought,” said Pochettino. “We were unlucky. We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half.

    “To start 1-0 down from the start was tough; we changed our plans. We can be optimistic. That [penalty] was the circumstance we cannot manage or prepare for.

    “You can never believe you will be 1-0 down after a minute. Mentally it was very tough – it’s about learning and experience, like Liverpool were in this position last year [when they lost to Real Madrid].”

    Mauricio Pochettino

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    James O’Hara:Myself and all the other Liverpool supporters I knew wanted him to *play* Kane. He’s never, ever sharp when he’s coming back from injury.

    John Wells: As finals go, neither team deserved to win it. I’m just happy the final wasn’t settled on a scandalous penalty decision. Liverpool took there chances, Spurs didn’t create one until the 70th minute, it’s all if’s & but’s now but what a rollercoaster ride it was

    Urban Bourbon: I’m happy for Henderson after all the flak he has got, Milner for his service, TAA for his future promise, VDD for justifying his price tag, Alisson for being the rock, Origi for never stopping to try and Klopp for his vision of football. I could go on and on really

  14. ‘The proudest man in the world’ – Jordan Henderson’s dad

    Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

    Liverpool

    Speaking to Optus Sports after the matchBrian Henderson,who survived throat cancer after being diagnosed in autumn 2013,said: “I’m the proudest man in the world. It’s very emotional. The tears come.
    You grab your wife, your daughter in law, anyone around you.

    “When he was younger I took him to the Champions League
    final Old Trafford [in 2003 between AC Milan and Juventus when Henderson
    was 12-years-old]. He said to me, ‘dad I’m going to play that one day’ and he’s
    not only done it once but twice and now he’s won one. I’m absolutely delighted
    for him. He’ll have a great summer now celebrating with his wife and the
    children.”

    He did it, Brian.

    Ps, If you haven’t seen the video swirling around social media of father and son embracing after the game, seek it out. It’s just the most gorgeous thing.

    3/3

    Jordan Henderson embraces his dad

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    Jordan Henderson and his dad Brian

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  15. time to negotiate a “solid fight”.

    He had hoped to meet WBC champion Deontay Wilder over a unification bout, but the American has agreed a rematch with Luis Ortiz.

    What now for Joshua though?