Gareth Bale soars but hints he may be on his way out of Real Madrid | Sid Lowe


The Welshman was the match-winner off the bench but his two goals against Liverpool could prove to be a glorious farewell

For a moment there was silence and then there was a small smattering of applause. At the Liverpool end, they were stunned, and they were not alone. The goal that won the European Cup had to be watched twice and they still couldn’t believe it; even the replay on the giant screen didn’t entirely shake them out of it. For the second time, the second Real Madrid goal, they were left wondering whether that had really happened. The first goal was surreal, perhaps the stupidest the European Cup final has seen; the second was sublime, perhaps even the most brilliant. Gareth Bale had been on the pitch for only two minutes when he took flight. High in the Kiev sky, he connected with a wonderful overhead kick.

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Written by Sid Lowe at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium
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