Loris Karius gifts Real Madrid two goals

Callum Davis
The Telegraph
Loris Karius had a night to forget in Kiev  - 2018 Getty Images
Loris Karius had a night to forget in Kiev  - 2018 Getty Images

Loris Karius was at fault on Saturday evening as Karim Benzema scored one of the most bizarre goals in Champions League history.

Having seen off Simon Mignolet for the right to wear the Liverpool No 1 shirt earlier in the season, Karius was named in goal for the club's Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev. 

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With the game goalless and Liverpool still reeling from injury to Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp's side went behind in comical fashion. 

In an extraordinary series of events, the German attempted to under-arm the ball to Dejan Lovren with Karim Benzema in close proximity. 

Karius found himself under no pressure whatsoever after collecting Toni Kroos' lofted through-ball just inside his own area. 

The decision proved calamitous as Benzema blocked the throw with an out-stretched foot, diverting the ball into the empty net. 

"What an extraordinary error from Karius. Intelligent from Benzema but what the f***?" said BT Sport anchor, Gary Lineker. 

<span>Loris Karius throws the ball straight at Karim Benzema&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: Reuters&nbsp; </span>
Loris Karius throws the ball straight at Karim Benzema   Credit: Reuters 

The German's evening went from bad to worse as Gareth Bale's long-range strike slipped through his fingers to give Real Madrid a two-goal buffer with than five minutes to go. 

The effort took the Frenchman level on goals with Ruud van Nistelrooy in the list of the all-time top scorers in the Champions League.

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