His previous Champions League final lasted only half an hour, shortened in Kiev by the wrestling arms of Segrio Ramos of Real Madrid. Here, in the glowing heat of the adopted city of Ramos, Mo Salah buried the memories within two minutes.
This was not the best execution of Salah's always gilded career. Overall, he was arranged and blindly drained by alleys of Tottenham & # 39; s man of the Jan Vertonghen contest.
But this was the deliverance for what happened so cruelly twelve months ago when Liverpool went down 3-1 on the big Spanish side.
Mohamed Salah celebrates after opening the score in Madrid after two minutes
When Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko acted within the penalty area within thirty seconds of the start of the match. Liverpool supporters may have wished their expert penalty taker James Milner was on the pitch.
But it didn't matter. Salah is unreachable for goal, whether it is a dead ball or a moving ball. The 26-year-old has that rare, inaccessible ability to shut out all the noise, to stop the clocks in his own mind. Not surprisingly, his penalty was accurate and nervous and it went a very long way to winning a very bad match for Liverpool.
And that's what's important. Salah and Liverpool teammates were far from their best here in Spain, somewhat dulled by the temperature that hovered at 30 degrees at the kickoff and deprived of their lead by the three weeks of inactivity that inexplicably allowed to this final.
Mohamed Salah hits his penalty straight in the middle of the Champions League final
But she doesn't care and she doesn't care. They are champions of Europe and who should say that a player like Salah does not deserve it?
The Egyptian has faced major challenges earlier in his life. He is a more complicated person than we can expect from a man who is busy with his work in a simple, nonchalant way. He has been a career that took time to find momentum, especially during his early years in Europe.
Even when he was based in Rome, he felt so pressured by his millions of fans in Africa that he built a soccer field in his yard and practiced every day, focusing on small holes in a chaff above the goal.
The Egyptian scores his 27th goal of the season in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium
In an interview with Gary Lineker broadcast on BT Sport for this competition, Salah said: & Everyone in Egypt was looking at me. I couldn't handle the media pressure either. & # 39;
Yet nothing in his life or career had prepared him for what happened in Kiev last year. The Champions League final had to offer a great debut season with Liverpool with a fitting end. There was no guarantee that Liverpool would win, but it seemed unthinkable that Salah would not leave any impression on the game.
So & # 39; n 20 minutes or so, Liverpool was impressive and this is something that was later forgotten.
Divock Origi celebrates after scoring Liverpool's second goal in the final minutes
But as soon as Salah fell under the robust challenge of Ramos, he could go nowhere else than in the dressing room. It changed the final and it ruined Salah & # 39; s season and indeed the World Cup summer that followed. He played for Egypt in Russia, but was not himself.
& # 39; It was the most disappointing moment in my career and in my life & # 39 ;, said Salah.
& # 39; Leaving the field was so bad after the season that we all had together in Liverpool.
Origi & # 39; s strike flies past Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris in the 87th minute
& # 39; I get emotional when I talk about it. I had such a good season but then everything suddenly looked very black.
& # 39; You never know how to play in the Champions League final every time. But there was no reason to cry, cry, cry. I had to make sure that I played in the final much more often. & # 39;
So he was here again a year later. He has not always shot in Europe this season, but he remains remotely the best attacking player in Liverpool and when he joked that Liverpool wanted to take on a side of Tottenham with Harry Kane, you could be sure that the Mauricio team Pochettino very much had taken the absence of one from Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino here.
Salah is pulled down by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos during the 2018 final
The return of the Firmino team to Liverpool was important, but Salah is the talisman of Liverpool in many ways. What he did not expect was his chance to make a mark to arrive so quickly.
Sissoko's handball was accidental but also very clear. The referee showed bravery to a district and a penalty so quickly in the match, but it was the right call and Salah was the quietest man in Madrid when he defeated Hugo Lloris in the middle of his goal.
It was a pretty astonishing start to the game, but for a while it seemed to have just as much impact on Liverpool as Tottenham. The Liverpool football game lacked the usual zipper for much of the game and their attempts to regain their lead by doubling it were lacking in their usual decisiveness.
Salah could not continue in Kiev after having sustained a shoulder injury
Salah had his moments and was always a willing recipient of the ball when Liverpool tried to let go of periods of Tottenham pressure. But in general Vertonghen was his equal and refused to allow him to turn around, go to safe areas and, more importantly, barely pollute him.
Sometimes Salah hovered in for influence and a nice dismissal in the second half could have settled the goal sooner if Milner, as a substitute, had not driven his low shot five inches on the wrong side of the post.
Ultimately, that goal came from the boot of another substitute Divock Origi with just a few minutes and the low-shot of the Belgian was one of the few moments of real quality in a strange game. Sarah and Liverpool will play much better than this and lose. But a year after disappointment and physical pain in Ukraine, they have what they deserve.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah lifts the Champions League trophy
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