A very promising opening 20 minutes for Liverpool in tonight's Champions League final against Real Madrid turned to heartbreak when Mohamed Salah was forced off injured inside a half-hour.
After a nasty collision with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Salah landed unfortunately on his shoulder.
An initial physio check seemed to clear Salah of any serious ramifications, however, after only a few moments trying to play on, the free-scoring Egyptian was down again.
In visible agony, and clearly devestated, Salah was forced off; with Adam Lallana coming on in his place.
Salah leaves the pitch in tears after tangle with Ramos pic.twitter.com/arXshijBmA
— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) May 26, 2018
You can watch the incident below.
The DIRTY play by Sergio Ramos to injure Mohamed Salah in the Champions League Final.
Salah went to the locker roompic.twitter.com/YUlGflB8p5
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 26, 2018
Needless to say, Ramos was the object of many fans' scorn.
Sergio Ramos is a thug. To clearly target a fellow professional player with the aim of injuring him early in a Champions League final, ahead of a World Cup... Words fail me. #UCLfinal
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 26, 2018
No way of knowing whether Ramos on Salah was deliberate but if I wanted to dislocate someone’s shoulder, that’s how I’d go about it
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) May 26, 2018
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) May 26, 2018
— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) May 26, 2018
Anyone saying that Sergio Ramos didn't mean to injure Salah are missing the point. Ramos is a dirty player and dirty players always run the risk of injuring their opponents. #uclfinal
— Andrew Downie (@adowniebrazil) May 26, 2018
At Anfield, where a number of fans are watching the match on screens, booed rang around for the Spaniard.
Salah off. Lallana on. Ramos booed at Anfield pic.twitter.com/ZzJEkU6ODG
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 26, 2018
One image did show Ramos showing sorrow though.
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) May 26, 2018