KIEV: Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are gathering in Kiev for the first Champions League final to be played in Ukraine.
The final is a rare prestige moment for a country whose recent years have been dominated by the conflict with Russia-backed separatists and severe economic problems.
But it’s one of the most logistically-challenging locations chosen by UEFA for its showpiece club final, with a shortage of hotel rooms and a lack of flight landing slots.
Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals, Madrid is chasing a record-extending 13th European title and a fourth success in five seasons.
Liverpool has reached the final for the first time in 11 years. The Premier League club won the last of its five European titles in 2005.