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The latest: Real Madrid comes to the final in the stadium



KIEV, Ukraine – The final of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all local times):

20:20

Real Madrid has arrived at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev Champions League title on Saturday in the final against Liverpool.

The fans lined the streets as the team bus approached the stadium and waved some pendants with torches. Cristiano Ronaldo smiled for the cameras as he got off the bus with headphones.

The last time a team won the first European Cup competition three years in a row was Bayern Munich in 1

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Despite Real Madrid's success in Europe, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Thursday his team "does not feel like the favorites "for the final.

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20:15

Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has pitch side in the Olympic Stadium less go more than two hours before the kickoff

The former heavyweight boxing champion stopped to take for selfie photos of several fans in white Real Madrid jerseys to pose.

Klitschko has spent the last two days trying to get Liverpool fans with tickets to come to his city. He was talking to the mayor of Liverpool and the aviation authorities, who were trying to find airfields for flights from England at the two Kiev airports that had been canceled.

Klitschko was elected to office in 2014, two years after his last professional fight.

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7:50 pm

Objectives, goals, goals. This season is the most successful in the 26-year Champions League era.

A strike rate of 3.20 goals per game – 397 in 124 games so far with a goal every 28 minutes – has surpassed the record of 3.04 last season.

And the two teams with the highest scores are in the final. Liverpool have 40 goals and Real Madrid 30 – half of which scored Cristiano Ronaldo.

"No one expected us to be here, but we're here because we're Liverpool," said coach Jürgen Klopp. "It's the most extraordinary run to a final with the most goals ever, and I can not believe it's true, but it's us."

Liverpool are also the more efficient team, ten more goals according to UEFA statistics scored as Madrid (19).

The competition is not just due to more discrepancies. Liverpool's duty to collect in the leading games led to a 3-3 draw with group rivals Sevilla and a thrilling semi-final against Roma – a 5-2 victory and a 2-4 victory.

Madrid's defense also fought in the knockout rounds. After a 3-1 home win in the quarter-final second leg against Juventus there was a 2-2 draw against a lavish Bayern team in the semi-final second leg.

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19:10

Liverpool hopes for Europe The trophy history from May 1981 will be repeated.

When Liverpool defeated Real Madrid 1-0 37 years ago, it was the only time Englishmen defeated a Spanish opponent to win the legendary trophy by a huge margin in the premier class's 63-year history ,

Every English final against Spain has since gone on Spain's way, although Madrid was not involved.

Barcelona had all three wins, in 2006 against Arsenal and in 2009 twice against Manchester United and two years later.

Madrid has lost all three of its European final against British teams.

An Aberdeen team of Alex Ferguson defeats Alfredo Di Stefano Madrid in the 1983 Cup Winners' Cup. In the same competition, Madrid lost the 1971 final against Chelsea.

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6:35 pm

European fans may have struggled to win the Champions League final in Kiev, but Liverpool and Real Madrid fans from all over the world are making themselves felt.

Ukraine has a simpler visa process than many countries in the European Union, and in the city center, fans carry flags from countries as diverse as South Africa, Ecuador and Bahrain. Liverpool seems to have more fans from Asia and Africa, while Real from South America has followers.

Some had long journeys, such as Liverpool supporter Eric Luk, who came from Hong Kong via Kazakhstan for almost a full day and night. [19659035] It has not been clear. Australian fans Lachlan Garrard and Ian Dennis complained that they had waited four hours to get a visa on arrival at one of Kiev's airports, and everyone had to deal with astronomical hotel prices.

English clubs won the last two Champions League finals outside Europe Union. Manchester United won in 2008 on penalties against Chelsea in Moscow. Liverpool made a spectacular comeback in 2005 against AC Milan in Turkey – the famous "Miracle of Istanbul".

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5:45 pm

Four years ago The main square of Kiev was a battlefield. Now it is full of fans before the final of the Champions League.

Popularly known as the Maidan, in late 2013 and early 2014, the square was the scene of protests that eventually ousted then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

Room for weeks, police fought, and more than 100 people were shot in the square and in the surrounding streets.

On Saturday, supporters of Real Madrid and Liverpool mingled with locals on the field as musical fountains of Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

"I came here in 2014 and these buildings were charred and everywhere there were hoops after the Demonstrations, "says Stefan Polotajko, a British fan from Liverpool with relatives in Ukraine. "The way it was transformed is absolutely amazing."

Lyudmyla Agafonova, who moved to Kiev with her family because of the conflict with the Russian-backed separatists in her hometown Donetsk, is in the square.

She says "The Real fans are more fun, Liverpool is a bit more reserved than the English in general, and we're glad that everything happens here."

Her husband Serhiy adds, "It's great, all of these Foreigners here have "and" Ukraine is slowly approaching Europe. "

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4:39 pm

The Kiev police say they have evacuated five stations in the city's metro network after a crook had warned of bombings.

Before the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, the police controlled the stations and "dangerous items were not found.

The subway operations are now back to normal.

Police say they are hunt down the wrong caller.

In addition to the bomb alert, the police have so far recorded 26 crimes involving foreigners, whether as victims or perpetrators

These include 10 cases of theft, three of hooliganism and two of fraud Foreigners were punished for traffic accident and public drinking.

The police arrested two people after Liverpool fans were raided in a restaurant on Thursday, leaving two injured.

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16:23 [19659058

Flight cancellations mean that more than 1,000 Liverpool fans have been unable to leave the UK, while rising housing prices and accommodation are no longer available Tourists in Ukraine

Organizer UEFA has stated that the tickets will be refunded, but it is likely that in a Champions League final seats go out empty.

The fans who made it are mostly positive Kiev, where the beer is cheap and a festival atmosphere in the city center is visible.

The Madrid fans Fabino Mohino and Yago Saez stated that they spend around 750 euros (875 euros) apiece for diligence on Ghett and traveled for 20 hours through Barcelona.

"We were fortunate enough to have a friend from a friend in the suburbs," said Mohino, meaning that they could dodge Kiev hotel prices, which are as much as $ 2,000 a night.

"Loving it," added Saez, who has played six of the last seven Champions League finals. "So far so good."

The security in Kiev is strained, and the police have blocked the center for traffic. This seems to have prevented recurrence of the attack on the Liverpool fans Thursday night in a restaurant – apparently by Ukrainian hooligans – who left two injured.

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15:35

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp joins the The Champions League Final – David Wagner of Huddersfield

The two coaches have been friends for more than 25 years, starting in Germany and continuing into England.

In Kiev, before the final on Saturday against Real Madrid, Wagner said: "We've texted a few times in the last week … and I'm sure his team will go up in flames tonight."

Klopp is the godfather of Wagner's daughter. Wagner was Klopp's best man. They played in the early 1990s for the same Mainz team in the Bundesliga. They were coach (Klopp) and assistant coach (Wagner) for Borussia Dortmund from 2011 to 2015.

Klopp was hired by Liverpool in 2015, when Wagner was appointed Huddersfield manager.

Wagner says Klopp "is able to provide an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed but focused enough and therefore I'm pretty confident they have a chance."

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12:45 pm [19659074] There are 4.5 million euros (5.2 million US $) of additional prize money at stake in the winners Saturday, over the tens of millions Liverpool and Real Madrid have already earned this season from the organizer UEFA.

The champion will receive 15.5 million euros (18.1 million dollars) and the runner-up 11 million euros (12.8 million dollars)). UEFA's money includes the clubs' share of the ticket revenue.

UEFA will distribute more than € 1.3 billion in prize money among the 32 teams that have qualified for the group stage.

All 32 clubs receive close to 13 million euros ($ 15.2 million) in participation, group-stage winnings bonuses and draws, co-round winnings and a share in their national broadcasting deal ( known as "market pool" money).

Madrid's goal is to sack at least 80 million euros (93.3 million US dollars) from UEFA. Liverpool was to receive at least 75 million euros ($ 87.5 million), including a 2 million euro ($ 2.3 million) bonus for promotion from the playoff round last August.

Prize money is expected to rise by 30 percent in the next season when a new three-year broadcasting cycle and sponsorship deals occur.

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11:50

Do not be surprised if it takes until Sunday before the title of the Champions League is decided.

Real Madrid and Liverpool begin at 21:45 local time in Kiev, which is 1845 GMT. The game will be over midnight if the result is balanced after 90 minutes and 30 minutes extra time is needed.

Three of the last six finals also needed a penalty shootout after extra time, and that would bring the action to 12: 30 in the Ukrainian capital.

Madrid and Liverpool have won 17 titles since the beginning of the 1955/56 season.

While Madrid are chasing a record-breaking 13th win, Liverpool would be third in the all-time sixth place list. AC Milan is in second place with seven European titles.

Of all teams with at least three titles, Madrid and Liverpool have the best record in the final.

The two-time defending champion Madrid chasing the first hat-trick of the title since Bayern Munich won every European Cup final from 1974 to 1976. Ajax won between 1971 and 1973 three times in a row.

That would give Madrid four titles in five years – the best series since the Spanish club won the first five editions until 1960.

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11:45

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans meet in Kiev for the first Champions League final in Ukraine.

The finale is a rare prestige moment for a country that in recent years has been dominated by conflict with Russia Separatists and serious economic problems

But it is one of the most logistically demanding venues by UEFA for their showpiece Club finals were selected, with a lack of hotel rooms and a lack of landing niches.

Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo's goals, Madrid chases a 13th European Cup title.

Liverpool reached the final for the first time in 11 years. In 2005, the Premier League Club won the last of its five European titles.

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