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Who was the last team to beat Real Madrid in a European final?

Madrid has won the last seven Champions League finals it has played. And in Paris, they are playing another one. You have to go back to 1981 to find the last time Los Blancos lost. The opponent? Liverpool.

Real Madrid has now gone 41 years without losing a European final.
Real Madrid has now gone 41 years without losing a European final.

Real Madrid reached the Champions League final in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and won every time (Juventus and Atletico twice, and Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, and Liverpool have been their opponents).

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Although the Blancos are experts in finals in the top continental competition, having played in 16 finals and won 13 of them, they have not always been victorious. Liverpool knows this well.

When was the last time Real Madrid lost in the Champions League?

Until they met again in 2009 in the Round of 16 and in the 2018 final in Kyiv, the '81 European Cup final was the only time the Reds and Los Blancos had met. Alan Kennedy scored in the 82nd minute.

Liverpool, at that time, was the best team in Europe. They had lifted the 'Orejona' in '77 and '78 and would do it again in '84. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Kennedy, Sammy Lee, Graeme Souness, David Johnson? A great team. Leading the way was coach Bob Pasley, a legend, until 2014 the only one with three European Cups, an honor he shares with Carlo Ancelotti.

Madrid had achieved quite a feat by knocking out Inter Milan in the semifinals. In Paris, however, the English team's favoritism was not so pronounced. Vujadin Boskov, then coach of Real Madrid, ordered individual marking all over the pitch. It was an approach that put Liverpool under pressure.

Because the Reds scored in the only clear chance they had... and it was a Madrid mistake. Full-back García-Cortés failed to clear a throw-in and Agustín was also off target when full-back Kennedy shot on his way into the box.

"When I arrived in Madrid from Paris, I threw the tape of the match out of the window," Rafa García-Cortés told 'Goal' in 2014. Since then, no one has been able to beat Madrid in a Champions League final. Now Liverpool will have the opportunity to beat Real Madrid again and thus avenge the final loss in 2018.

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